This year’s National Pet Month, celebrated each year in April, will kick-off this Friday (April 1).
Ahead of the campaign’s start, we take a closer look at its aims and how families across the North East can get involved.
The National Pet Month initiative champions and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through a range of resources, including educational campaigns in schools and highlighting animal welfare organisations’ great work on social media.
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It is co-ordinated by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PMFA), and some of the campaign’s objectives are:
*Promoting responsible pet ownership
*Raising awareness of the mutual benefit living with pets brings
*Celebrating the role of vital pet care specialists
*Encouraging fundraising for UK pet welfare charities and organisations
National Pet Month runs until Monday, May 2, with families across the North East and beyond encouraged to get involved with spreading the campaign’s important messages – not just during the coming month but throughout the year.
And for 2022, the initiative will focus further on education and support for pet owners, as many families welcomed a new companion into their homes during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
The pandemic also saw a rise in first-time owners, who are more likely to face challenges with their pet’s behavious.
Dawn Howard, Chief Executive at NOAH, said: “We want pet owners to know there is help available and encourage them not to give up on their pet.
“In many cases, there are simple steps an owner can take to improve a pet’s behaviour.
"Sometimes just one conversation with a vet or pet professional can make a positive difference for you and your animal companion.”
As the campaign gathers pace in the weeks ahead, animal lovers are invited to get in touch and share details of fundraisers for their chosen good causes.