National Pet Month is a fantastic yearly occasion to celebrate the immense joy that pets bring to people in so many different ways, along with promoting the services of professionals that work with animals and the amazing contribution that working companion animNational_Pet_Monthals give to society.

This year National Pet Month will be held from 1st April – 4th May, during which time people are encouraged to organise and partake in events all across the UK to promote and raise money that assist the aims of National Pet Month. The entire event brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers.

Unfortunately, there are still many people that decide to adopt a pet without knowing how to look after them properly, leading to a poor quality of life for the animal. This also often leads to a number of pets finding themselves back under adoption with charities such as the RSPCA because their owners were not properly prepared to look after them. National Pet Month is an absolutely brilliant way to disseminate information, to not only educate people on responsible ownership but also to spread the benefits of owning a pet in the hope that people will look to adopt those animals that are desperate for a loving family.

Furthermore, National Pet Month is also utilised as an opportunity to promote the services of professionals that are working with animals, giving them a platform to advertise their business whilst also informing pet owners on the people that can help them. Importantly it is also a time to celebrate the working companion animals that give so much to society, such as guide dogs and animals working in the police and army who make a massive difference to many people’s lives.

An interactive map is provided on the National Pet Month website to display the various events that can be joined all across the UK, or alternatively you can also register as a supporter to organise and run your own event. It does not matter how small or big the event, as long as the cause is related to the aims of National Pet Month, then the help is greatly appreciated. By registering on their website, you can also gain event help including a free full advice pack to help start setting up your event.

So if you are a pet lover, then why not take part in National Pet Month? There are so many events to get involved with all across the UK. Events often include sponsored dog walks, pet festivals, take your pet to work days, charity auctions and pet themed quizzes to name just a few! Alternatively, if you want to get creative for yourself, then get your family or friends together and make an event yourself for some fun and games while still raising awareness and money for a fantastic cause.