Tuesday, 7 April 2015

It's National Pet Month! Celebrate your pets this April!

National Pet Month is a chance for pet lovers across the UK to come together and celebrate life with their pets. Not only that, but it's a fantastic opportunity to remind ourselves of how important it is to look after our pets responsibly, and to support the work of the many pet charities across the UK who work tirelessly for injured, ill and homeless pets. There are loads of really simple ways to get involved and show your support. Check out the NPM website for some fundraising ideas, and to check if there are any events happening near you! You can also get involved via social media by liking the National Pet Month Facebook Page. For dog lovers, there's also Park Bench Facebook page, and Scratching Post for cat fans! You can also connect through Twitter – remember to use #NationalPetMonth hashtag when tweeting about your events or experiences!
This year's theme is one very close to our hearts, pets and the elderly. Animals bring so much joy and support to the lives of older people; they provide comfort, companionship and mental and physical stimulation to many people who might struggle to find it otherwise. Charities, such as Pets as Therapy, make a big difference to the lives of nursing home residents by bringing animals to visit. And don't forget our older animal friends, whose needs may change as they become seniors. Hubble & Hattie's range of care books, such as My Cat has Arthritis, My dog has arthritis and My dog is blind focuses specifically on caring for pets with age-onset conditions, and aim to help owners understand the needs of their animal friends, and ensure a happy and comfortable retirement for your pets. Visit the Hubble & Hattie site for more info.
This month is also a good time to raise awareness of older animals in rehoming centres who may be overlooked because of their age. Charities such as the Oldies Club work to ensure seniors find loving forever homes to spend their retirement years in. H&H's own Liz recently adopted an Oldie of her own, Maggie May, and the two of them have never been happier!
Competition time with H&H and National Pet Month

In honour of National Pet Month, we're giving away a copy of our fab book, My Dog, my Friend, every week for the next five weeks! To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us at with your favourite animal-related charity, and each week we'll pick our favourite to feature on the Hubble & Hattie blog and Facebook page! If we feature your charity, you're a winner! Remember, the theme is pets and the elderly, so we're especially keen to hear about charities which enlist the help of animals to aid the elderly, or those that help older animals. Good luck!

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