National Pets for Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States on October 21st. This special day is dedicated to raising awareness about helping men and women who served the country and finding homes for animals in need. The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, and the trauma experienced by veterans is often invisible. Mental and emotional health directly affects the quality of life.
National Pets for Veterans Day originated with a dog named Bear. He was an intelligent and gentle dog who interacted with veterans in a special way. Bear intuitively knew what was needed in each moment, and his presence brought comfort to those in need. Many veterans began to take pets into their family as a result of Bear’s impact.
Studies have shown that animals can help:
- Stabilize negative emotions.
- Become more relaxed and calm.
- Reduce irritability in everyday life.
- Eliminate insomnia.
- Cope with serious psychological trauma.
- Develop self-confidence and trust in others.
- Increase the levels of the happiness hormones, endorphin and oxytocin.
How to take part
There are many ways to show gratitude to veterans and support animals in need. Consider asking veterans if they would like to have a pet, or visit a shelter to find animals waiting for their owners. Donations of toys, treats, and medicines are often appreciated by shelters – contact them to find out what is needed most.
When is National Pets for Veterans Day celebrated in 2023?
National Pets for Veterans Day is observed on October 21 each year.