WORLD PET MEMORIAL DAY
Every year on the second Tuesday in June, World Pet Memorial Day offers a time for pet owners to remember the furry companions that have passed away. It’s also a day to do something kind for those who have recently lost their beloved pet.
It’s no secret that people love their pets. And rightly so. These wonderful creatures provide companionship, emotional support, and lots of joy. Pets are also beneficial for one’s health. For example, those with pets have decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Additionally, pets provide increased opportunities for exercise.
Not surprisingly, dogs and cats are the most popular pets in the world. According to recent stats, over 470 million dogs are kept as pets. There are also over 370 million pet cats. While some pet owners prefer either dogs or cats, some like to have both. No matter what kind of pet a person has, these animals quickly make their way into their owner’s heart. Because humans become so attached to their pets, it’s very difficult when they die. It can sometimes take several months to get over the death of a pet.
During the time of mourning, pet owners might experience guilt, denial, and depression. Eventually, however, pet owners will feel acceptance and resolution. During this process, it’s important for pet owners to not let others tell them how to feel. It is also helpful to reach out to others that have lost pets and to seek professional help if necessary. Some pet owners hold a memorial service after they cross the Rainbow Bridge.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPetMemorialDay
On this day pet owners that have lost a furry friend are encouraged to take time to remember their pet. Other ways to participate include:
- Create a memorial stone for your pet and place it in your garden or walkway.
- Plant a tree or flower in memory of your pet.
- Donate to your local humane society or animal rescue group in honor of your pet.
- Gather photos of your pet and make a photo album.
- Draw or paint a picture of your pet or have a picture painted by a local artist.
- Get a tattoo in memory of your pet.
If you are helping your child cope with the loss of a pet, you may want to read them The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr or I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm. You can also share a picture of your pet on social media with #WorldPetMemorialDay.
WORLD PET MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
Our team is still researching the origins of this important day for pet owners.
14 June 2022
13 June 2023
11 June 2024
10 June 2025
9 June 2026
8 June 2027
13 June 2028
12 June 2029
11 June 2030