The theme of this year’s National Pet Month aims to shine a light on the positive impact pets have on the elderly and highlight the need for forever homes for older pets.

Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together. Image ©

The national initiative, which will run from April 1 to May 4, this year takes the theme of “Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together”.

Pet fans across Britain are being urged to join in this nationwide celebration of pet ownership, and National Pet Month chairman Michael Bellingham hopes the theme is one the nation’s pet fans will take to their hearts.

He adds: “National Pet Month aims to highlight the incredibly positive role pets can play in our later lives, providing much needed companionship and joy

“This year’s theme also asks us to consider the benefits of providing a forever home for an older pet, often overlooked for rehoming in their later years, so we are hoping that together the great British public can help us provide much needed support to our pets in need.”

National Pet Month, now in its 26th year, encourages people of all ages to celebrate life with pets and support a UK pet charity of their choice either by attending or organising a fundraising event to help spread the key messages of responsible pet ownership, the mutual benefits of living with pets, the role of pet care specialists and the value of working and assistance companion animals.

Primary sponsors Agria Pet Insurance and Medivet will also be working closely with National Pet Month throughout 2015, helping to encourage the nation to look after their pets responsibly by providing plenty of pet news, views and expert tips.

To be part of this year’s National Pet Month campaign, visit and sign up as a supporter. Here you can find regular updates, check out an interactive map of events happening near you, and find out how to organise your own event in aid of a favourite UK pet charity.


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