National Pet Day Is for Celebrating Your Favorite Fur Baby

National Pet Day was first created in 2006 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige to encourage adoption and celebrate our furry friends.

Lizzy Rosenberg - Author

Apr. 11 2024, Updated 9:47 a.m. ET

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If you've been looking for an excuse to spoil your pet rotten or welcome a new furry family member, look no further! Thursday, April 11, 2024, happens to be National Pet Day. Whether you're treating your beloved pup to a hike, gifting your cat with a brand new toy, or if you're simply taking a drive with your beloved fur family, we love any excuse to shower our pets with love.

So if you're looking to observe the pet-loving holiday, here are a few memorable ways to celebrate National Pet Day.

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Book a weekend at a pet-friendly hotel

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Plan a much-needed getaway with your four-legged friend at a pet-friendly hotel! Whether you stay in your hometown, or take a short drive, there are many chains nationwide that accept fur babies with open arms, allowing travelers to explore new cities their pets. Baymont by Wyndam is a moderately-priced pet-friendly chain that's also currently seeking out a "pet ambassador" through May 1, to become the face of the brand, win yet another a getaway for two, and will receive a $2,500 paycheck.

Take a hike

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As the weather is getting warmer, now is a better time than ever to take a long walk, or even a hike, with your pupper. If you aren't too experienced in the hiking department, you can join a beginners group (as long as the group is dog-friendly). If you and your pup are going solo, BringFido is a great resource to ensure trails allow dogs — we strongly suggest checking it out.

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Buy your pet some clean treats

Orange tabby cat sniffs an offered treat in a person's hand.
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While treats make your pets happy, it's important that they only get the best ingredients. Places like Fetching Fields create organic, plant-based treats made with peanut butter, oats, pumpkin seed, and honey; and if you're feeling fancy, Bonne et Filou offers human-grade "macarons" for your pup.

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Adopt, don't shop

Brown and white cat with blue eyes laying down on a green wooden surface.
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If you have been considering welcoming a new family member into your home for a while, National Pet Day is the purr-fect day! According to the official National Pet Day website, one of the main purposes of the holiday is to encourage people to adopt, don't shop. In short, if you've been looking for a sign to visit your local animal shelter, go for it!

If your family doesn't have the time or space for a new pet right now, never fear: National Pet Day is also about volunteering or donating at a shelter.

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Go for a run — if your dog is able!

Two people jogging with their Australian Shepherd dog.
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If your pup is in proper running shape, if it's the proper breed to run longer distances, and if your vet gives the OK, take your dog for a run. We have a variety of tips for those who enjoy running with their dogs, including proper running leashes, supplies to take on runs, and beyond. It ensures you're being as safe as possible with your beloved fur baby, as you explore the great outdoors together.

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