National Pet Memorial Day - September
Sun, Sep 10, 2023

National Pet Memorial Day

National Pet Memorial Day is an American holiday dedicated to the memory of pets who have passed away. Celebrated every second Sunday in September, in 2022, it falls on the 11th.


There is no exact information about when this holiday appeared. Animals were valued at all times, they were protected, and showered with affection. Historians believe dogs were domesticated as early as 26 BC. The first monuments dedicated to animals date back to 14,000 BC. They were found everywhere: in Asia, North America, and on the European continent. This suggests pets were something more to these people than just animals living nearby.

We are strongly attached to pets; they are faithful and devoted to us. Coping with the loss of a pet is incredibly difficult. This holiday allows you to remember funny stories and events associated with your pet, and honor the memory of a deceased animal.

Interesting facts

  • One of the oldest official pet cemeteries is located in the village of Hartsdale, in Winchester County. It opened back in 1896.
  • The approximate life expectancy of dogs is 10 to 15 years. Some types of cats can live for over twenty years.

How to take part

On National Pet Memorial Day, flip through your albums and look at photos that capture moments from the life of your pet. The main thing to remember is you do not need to constantly be sad and cry, remembering your loss. You need to be eternally grateful to this animal, that you spent a certain number of years together with love.

It will not be superfluous to support homeless animals. Bring food, medicine, and things you don’t need to shelters. Don’t forget about them.

When is National Pet Memorial Day celebrated in 2023?

National Pet Memorial Day is observed on the second Sunday in September each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 10 2023
Sunday September 8 2024
Sunday September 14 2025
Sunday September 13 2026