From 2 April – 2 May, National Pet Month will be encouraging people to get happy and healthy spending time with their pets, with its theme of ‘Happiness is….time with your pet’..
During the month, thousands of people will be celebrating happy times with their pets at hundreds of events up and down the country. While many of these events will raise funds for local animal charities, National Pet Month is not just about fund raising. It is also all about raising awareness of how pets make people’s lives happier and healthier, and how we can repay the pets we love by looking after them responsibly.
Details of how to join in and become a supporter – whether by setting up an event yourself, by entering one of the National Pet Month competitions, or to see what’s happening in your area – are on our website www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.
Last year saw National Pet Month become the most successful to date with a record number of 1200 events and nearly £80,000 raised for at least 30 animal charities.
Phil Sketchley, chairman of NPM said:
“We have got some really great plans for 2011. Keep in touch with what’s on in your area by looking on our website. We are also planning some great competitions too.
“National Pet Month is an opportunity for us all to learn more about responsible pet care so we can enjoy our pets for many years to come. By following our 10 top tips, our animals will enjoy healthier and longer lives,” explained Phil Sketchley.
Top Ten Tips for Responsible Pet
Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirement.
Ensureyour pet is sociable and well trained.
Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.
Provide suitable housing and bedding.
Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.
Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.
Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.
Groom your pet regularly.
Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.
Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.