Top tips to make this National Pet Parents Day one to remember

Take a look at a few memorable ways to celebrate with your furry friends and your community on National Pet Parents Day this April 28th!

As pet parents, we work hard all year long spoiling our furry friends with treats, long walks, belly rubs and naps on the couch. But on April 28th, it’s time to treat yourself in honor of National Pet Parents Day.

So what are some ways you can make it a memorable celebration for you and your four-legged family member? Here are a few suggestions!

Consider rescuing a pet from your local animal shelter

What better way to celebrate the day than by giving a homeless animal a loving forever home? There are few bonds more special than the one between pet parents and their newly adopted family member, and many don’t realize that there are animals other than cats and dogs in need of rescuing. From guinea pigs and rabbits to turtles and hamsters, many creatures are in need of loving homes, giving you the opportunity to become whatever kind of pet parent you’d like!

Organize a pet food/supply drive for your local shelter or for senior and low-income families in your community

Pet food can be expensive and alleviating that financial burden for a pet parent in need can make the pet ownership process less stressful. Consider getting the whole community involved in National Pet Parents Day by organizing a pet food drive.

All you need is a space to hold the drive and a little creativity to help spread the word among your family and friends. The same event can be held for pet supplies such as blankets, towels and even toys. Reach out to local shelters in the area to get an idea of what their needs are prior to the drive and watch the donations pour in!

Make National Pet Parents Day special for you and your pet

Pets love to be spoiled, whether you give them a new toy or go out of your way to find a new place to explore. Visit your favorite pet-friendly restaurant or research some dog parks in your town. Have a full day? Go on a small road trip so you and your pup can enjoy some new sights (and smells)!

Not a pet parent but still want to get celebrate? Consider doing the next best thing and volunteer at your local animal shelter

Sometimes we’re not ready to expand our furry family, and that’s okay! There are still ways to help shelter animals and local rescues in your area. Reach out and volunteer as a dog walker, offer the shelter animals some much needed one-on-one playtime, or clean kennels and help maintain the rescue’s play yard. It may not be the most glamorous job, but the animals (and shelter staff) will be extremely grateful, and it will give you a little taste of what life might be like as a pet parent someday.

The sky is the limit! Have fun coming up with new ideas to make this day special for you and your pet – or for other animals in your community!


Latasha Ball is the Marketing Coordinator for Pets Global, the founders of pet food brands Zignature, Fussie Cat, Essence Pet Foods, and Inception Pet Foods. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and public relations, in which she enjoys being able to combine her professional background with her passion for animals.