National Pet Memorial Day is Sunday, September 10th (always the 2nd Sunday in September) and was created by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAPC).
Anyone who has experienced
the loss of a pet knows it is a difficult time for the entire family. For many,
the passing of a furry friend is like losing a family member. The average life expectancy of a dog is
around 10-12 years and 12-14 years for a cat.
That is a long time to love, care and nurture a living being.
Animal shelters, cancer
organizations and earth conservation groups can all use this recognized holiday
to promote and create awareness for their organization within the
community. A few ideas:
Create a Pet
If there is a dog park in your community or a green
space at your place of business, why not commemorate a pet memorial for your
employees, volunteers and supporters?
For shelters it is a great way to honor those dogs
and cats that spent their entire lives at the shelter. For canine cancer organizations, it is a way
to remember all of the canine lives lost to cancer. And, for earth conservation groups, it is a
perfect way to beautify a green space and promote your organization within the
community. You may even want to name the memorial after a board member or
community leader/volunteer that has been an asset to your organization.
Honor the day by planting flowers, donating and
planting a tree or holding a plant sale.
Plant and flower sales are a great way to raise funds and create
awareness. By promoting it around
National Pet Memorial Day you will be adding an extra special touch.
Hold a fundraising drive and ask contributors to
make a small donation in honor or memory of a pet lost to your
organization. Organize the effort and
promote through social media allowing contributors to post photos of pets they
have lost. A great way to engage your
constituents, promote your organization and raise a few extra dollars.