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NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY – Second Sunday in September

NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY – Second Sunday in September


On the second Sunday in September, National Pet Memorial Day offers a moment to remember pets who have passed.

Pets play an important role in our lives. Not only are they companions, but pets become part of the family, too. Pets keep us responsible and remind us to play. When we’re too serious, they lighten up our lives. Many pets keep us healthy, too.

When we lose a beloved pet, the pain is genuine. Whether furry, feathered, or an uncommon variety, is felt deeply. They become family and a familiar part of our lives. Everyone mourns differently. Some pet parents plant a memorial. Whether they plant a tree, shrub or perennial flower, the plant offers an annual reminder of their pet. Others may create a stepping stone with a paw print, placing it in a garden. These actions offer a tangible way to cope with their grief. 

The day also offers an opportunity to remember the pets who’ve passed through our lives. We remember the companionship and comfort they provided to us. Don’t forget that part of the relationship included care provided by you. Memories replace the empty space left by the loss of a cherished pet. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPetMemorialDay

Keep both past and present pets in your mind. Share your memorials. If you’re seeking a way to memorialize your pet, here are some additional ideas:

  • Get or design a memorial tattoo.
  • Donate to a local shelter in your pet’s name.
  • Create a photo album.
  • Write a poem.
  • Plant a flower, garden, or tree (any of which may be donated to a local park).
  • Donate training time to a local shelter – animals with behavioral training are more likely to be adopted into forever homes. Your time with them will be a lasting memorial to your beloved pet.
  • Volunteer to help keep local parks clean for other pet lovers – pick up fallen limbs, debris, trash.
  • Design, develop and build a pet exercise park. Be a part of getting it organized and built. 
  • Donate to a local fire rescue or police department’s canine unit in your beloved pet’s name. Your donation will help train animals for rescue and recovery.
  • If you hold a memorial service, share these ideas. 

Use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media.


In 1972, the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories established Pet Memorial Day

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