We are now into National Pet Month, which started on the 7th April and runs until the 7th May. This month is a great time to reflect not only on our own pets, but also for us to take the time to think of other pets and their owners. We can let people know the responsibilities that come with owning a pet and also to raise awareness of National Pet Month.
The main objectives of National Pet Month are;
- To ensure that people know their responsibilities when owning a pet.
- Making sure people understand the crucial role of pet care specialists.
- Informing people of the benefits of owning a pet.
- Letting people know just how important assistance and working animals are.
You can become a supporter of pet month by running or taking part in a local event.
Also if you are part of a club or group or have links to schools or other communities, running an awareness day is simple for you, as you are already halfway there. There are many different events you can take part in. Some popular events are: photo competition, raffle, sponsored pet walking, pet show, boot sale, table top sale or you could ask a local pet business if they would take part in an open day to raise awareness about pets, how to care for them, how to check the health of a dog and how to groom a dog.
Planning an open day with police dog trainers is also another beneficial idea. This helps people understand how police dogs are chosen, how they are trained and what an important role they play in police work. If you have a local pet expert or animal home in the area they may be able to do a talk or presentation. They could cover the all round benefits of owning a pet and also emphasise what value people can bring to a pets life.
If you are part of a charity or know of one that re-homes pets, get some photos and gather some information so you can try to find some homes for any of the waiting dogs.
There are many charities you can choose from to support such as; Blue Cross, Wetnose Animal Aid, RSPCA, Petsavers, The Dogs Trust and many others, however, do not forget National Pet Month is also a charity, so if you register your event with them, they will help you to gain publicity, for their help they would appreciate a donation of what you have raised too.
If you are interested in how you can get involved with National Pet Month or to read more about it visit www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.