Today is National Kids and Pets Day! Created in 2005, this day is dedicated to celebrating the magical bond between kids and animals. It helps to bring awareness to the many animals in need of a loving home, as well as educates the public about safety between kids and pets.
Colleen Paige, a mother and pet lover, established this day to honor the strong connection that kids have with their beloved pets. Children who grow up with pets learn about compassion, responsibility, caregiving, and more.
This day also encourages pet adoption through local animal shelters – with an importance placed on safe interactions between kids and pets. On Colleen Paige’s website, you can find a useful list of safety tips and guidelines for families looking for the right pet.
Celebrate today by reminiscing about your favorite childhood pet, or bring your children to interact with animals at a local shelter. How did your pets impact your childhood?