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8 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day 2021



World Kindness Day is an international holiday observed on November 13 every year. Launched in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, it’s a day that highlights good deeds and promotes kindness throughout the world. There’s not long to go before this special day rolls around once more, so here are 8 ways pet parents like you can spread kindness in your own community on World Kindness Day 2021!

Write thank-you notes.

Being a pet parent isn’t easy! It takes a village to care for our four-legged children, and we all have a list of people who have helped us out, including friends, family members, vets, walkers, groomers, trainers, sitters, and boarders.

So, who are you grateful for? You don’t have to write a long letter; a short but heartfelt thank-you note is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Leave pawsitive reviews.

If you haven’t already, now would be a good time to leave a glowing review for the pet care services you normally use, from the dog walker who takes Fido out for a stroll every week to the cat bakery that makes Whiskers’ favorite treats.

It may not seem like much, but online reviews really help small businesses. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to write one!

Send treats to your pet’s friends.

Does your pup have BFFs they love playing with at the dog park? Why not send them treats to thank them for being such a good friend to your pooch? They may not understand the gesture, but it will certainly brighten up their day. While you’re at it, you can send their parents coffee or snacks too!

Refill the pet waste station at the dog park.

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The next time you and your pup are headed to the dog park, bring a bunch of extra pick-up bags with you and replenish the pet waste station when you get there. Even if you don’t have a canine companion, you can still carry out this small act of kindness and help keep your community clean.

Volunteer at your local animal shelter.

Depending on the size of the shelter and the number of volunteers, the animals may not be getting the attention they need.

Spending time with shelter cats and dogs helps them come out of their shell, relieves stress (for both of you), and improves their chances of getting adopted. You may want to consider volunteering on a regular basis too, as animal shelters are always in need of extra hands.

Give to charity.

There are so many great nonprofits that deserve financial assistance. From local groups rescuing cats and dogs to organizations helping endangered wildlife around the world, it’s not hard to find a cause (or two) that’s worth supporting. And regardless of the amount you contribute, you’ll be making the world a better place.

Extend playtime with your pet.

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Show your four-legged friend that you care by spending more time with them. Make their daily play session longer or add another one later in the day. Play is crucial to your companion animal’s wellbeing, for it provides physical exercise, mental stimulation, stress relief, and escape from boredom. Play also strengthens your bond with your feline or canine pal.

Be kind to yourself.

Last but not least, remember to be kind to yourself as well. You’ve been a furrific pet parent, so go ahead and treat yourself! Carve some time out for yourself and do something that makes you happy. Celebrate and reward yourself for a recent accomplishment. Buy that item that’s been on your wishlist for a while now. When you show yourself kindness, you’ll have more kindness to show others, both humans and other animals.

How will you celebrate World Kindness Day 2021? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

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