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Change a Pet’s Life Day 2024: When Is It & How to Celebrate

Written by: Sarah Psaradelis

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Change a Pet’s Life Day 2024: When Is It & How to Celebrate

Change a Pet’s Life Day was created to bring awareness to those animals and give people a chance to make a change in a pet’s life. Animals change our lives in all the best ways, so it’s only fitting that we show them the same appreciation.

You can celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day annually on the 24th of January. There are many ways to celebrate this day and be part of the change for animals, so keep reading to find out more.

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What Is Change a Pet’s Life Day?

Change a Pet’s Life Day is a national day created to bring awareness to animals in need and up for adoption. Millions of adoptable pets can benefit from a second chance at life in a new home, which is what makes this national day so important.

According to the ASPCA, about 6.3 million pets enter the United States animal shelters annually.1 Unfortunately, only approximately 4.1 million pets are adopted each year, and about 920,000 are euthanized. These statistics apply to dogs and cats and do not include the many other companion animals that enter shelters and can benefit from being adopted.

Although the origins of Change a Pet’s Life Day are unclear, it is believed that Hill’s Pet Nutrition brought attention to it in 2009. Hills offered to cover the adoption fees of 3,000 shelter pets in the United States. This brought attention to animals in need of homes and encouraged others to look into adopting a pet.

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The 6 Ways to Celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day

Let’s look at six ways to celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day.

1. Consider Adoption

The day was created to bring awareness to animals up for adoption. That’s why the best way to celebrate the day is to consider adopting a pet if it is something you feel prepared to do. You can check with your local shelters and rescue organizations for adoptable pets.

You do not necessarily need to adopt a dog or a cat, as you can adopt small animals too, such as a hamster or guinea pig. This allows you to give an animal a second chance at life in a loving home.


2. Donate

If you have the means to do so, you could consider donating to animals in need. Your donations can be helpful to animal shelters and rescue organizations. You do not need to donate much, as every little contribution can help. If you are unsure of who to donate to, reach out to different animal shelters and rescues to ask if they accept donations for the pets in their care.

Remember, most of these shelters and rescues cover the expenses of their animals’ using donations from the community. Therefore, your donations have a positive impact on the animals in their care.

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3. Sponsor

If you are not ready or able to adopt a pet just yet, you could sponsor one instead. You get to donate and get updated on a specific animal in the shelter or rescue care. This is a form of virtual adoption and doesn’t have the same type of commitment as bringing the animal home. Your sponsor could change a shelter animal’s life for the better.


4. Foster

If you want to bring an animal home but don’t want to commit to one permanently just yet, then you might want to consider fostering. Some shelters and rescues allow people to foster animals in their care until they find a home. These animals do not always thrive in a shelter environment, or they are recovering from an injury or neglect.

Fostering is a great way to socialize adoptable animals and help shelters or rescues from becoming too crowded.

Happy family at animal shelter choosing a dog for adoption
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5. Raise Awareness

Another great way to celebrate Change a Pets Life Day is to spread awareness about the day and why it is important. You spread the awareness via social media platforms or discuss it with friends and family. Encourage others to look into what the day is about and how it can be celebrated by animal lovers.


6. Network Adoptable Pets

Helping to network adoptable pets can be life-changing for these animals. By networking and sharing different pets up for adoption, you are encouraging these animals to get adopted. Even if you have a small social media following, you never know if your efforts get one of them adopted into a loving home.

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Conclusion

Change a Pet’s Life Day is a national day that can be celebrated on the 24th of January every year. The day was created to bring awareness to animals in shelters or rescues that are in need and looking to be adopted.

You can celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day in various ways, such as donating, adopting, fostering, or raising awareness for these animals in need of change.


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