National Pets for Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States on October 21st. On this day, important issues are raised: about helping men and women who served the country, and saving animals in need of a home. The transition from the military to the civilian sphere is often painful: the trauma that military action leaves behind is often invisible. The psychological and emotional state of a person directly affects the quality of life.
National Day exists thanks to a dog named Bear. It was a smart and calm dog. He interacted with veterans and found a way to each of them. The bear intuitively understood what was needed from him at the moment – he simply lay next to or contacted a person, was active or silently shared the emotional experiences of a companion. The effect was colossal: the veterans realized that the presence of four-legged friends literally heals, so many began to take them into the family.
Since then, the holiday has been celebrated everywhere. People take pets, take care of them and get a return. There are a lot of animals in shelters that can help to rehabilitate everyone who needs help. Thus, both parties win at once.
Scientists have proven that animals 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 level of the hormone of joy – endorphin and oxytocin.
How to celebrate
Thank veterans for all they have done for the nation. Find out if they would like to have a pet, visit the shelter. In such institutions there are animals waiting for their owners! Collect toys, treats, medicines – you can call the shelter administration and find out what products are needed the most.
When is National Pets for Veterans Day celebrated in 2022?
National Pets for Veterans Day is observed on October 21 each year.