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Pet Remembrance Day 2024: How & When to Celebrate

Written by: Adam Mann

Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Pet Remembrance Day 2024: How & When to Celebrate

Worldwide, there are over a billion pets, and while this is a whole lot of love and companionship, it also leads to a lot of heartbreak when our fur babies pass. But just because they’re no longer with us doesn’t mean we can’t take time to remember all the positivity they brought into our lives. That’s why there are two Pet Remembrance days every year and countless ways for you to spend them. It can be challenging at times, but once you find the best way to remember your pet, it can be a meaningful and enjoyable experience.

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There Are Two Pet Remembrance Days

There are actually two dates for Pet Remembrance Day: a date for the World Pet Memorial Day and National Pet Memorial Day. World Pet Memorial Day falls on the second Tuesday in June every year, which is June 11, 2024.

Meanwhile, National Pet Memorial Day is every second Sunday in September. In 2024, National Pet Memorial Day is September 14th.

The 8 Ways to Acknowledge Pet Remembrance Day

Not only are there two different days set aside for you to remember your pet each year, but there are multiple ways for you to take the time to remember your pet. We’ve highlighted eight amazing and respectful ways for you to recognize the day.

1. Create a Memorial

A memorial doesn’t need to be something big and expensive; it can be something small, like framing a favorite picture or decorating an outdoor space. Finding a place where you can take some time to reflect and remember your pet is a great way to pay your respects.

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2. Make a Donation

Pet shelters need donations almost always, and what better way to remember your pet than to give to other pets that need a home? It’s a way to remember your pet while taking care of other pets, and it’s exactly what your pet would want.

3. Take a Walk

Setting time aside to simply think about your pet is a good way to remember them. If they had a favorite place, that might be a good place to start.

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4. Make a Scrapbook

While this isn’t the easiest or quickest thing to do, it is a nice way to remember your pet. Taking the time to go through old pictures and putting something together is an amazing tribute to your fur baby.

5. Visit Them

If your pet has a final resting place somewhere, one of the best ways to honor them on pet remembrance day is to go visit them. You can bring them their favorite toys or flowers or just go there for a quiet time to reflect.

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6. Plant Something

Trees, bushes, and flowers are all beautiful ways to remember something. By planting something, you’re doing good for the environment, adding beauty to your local area, and creating a small memorial for you to come and remember your pet.

7. Volunteer

Spending time at a shelter or volunteering to help pets in other areas you can remember the best of your pet while helping other animals. Shelters are always looking for help, but reach out to them before you show up to ensure they have something for you to do when you’re there.

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8. Light a Candle

If you’re looking for a simple way to remember your pet, lighting a candle could be the perfect way. It can burn all day, and when you see it, you can think of your pet. The great thing about this method is that it’s a constant reminder of them but you don’t need to restructure your entire day around it.

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Final Thoughts

Pet Remembrance Day isn’t a day to truly celebrate, but it is a day for you to sit back and reflect on all the enjoyable experiences your pet brought into your life. While they might not live as long as us, that doesn’t make them any less important, and it doesn’t make their impact on our lives any less significant.

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