Don’t Forget Stray Animals on National Pet Day

Don’t Forget Stray Animals on National Pet Day

As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, World Animal Welfare is running an awareness campaign asking people to take care of stray animals.

Today is National Pet Day, observed by many in different countries.
An international animal rights organisation, World Animal Protection is running an awareness-raising campaign and encouraging people to take care of abandoned animals during the COVID-19 lockdown.

In an address to the nation, the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi said, “One needs to take care of all the animals around them. Thanks to the lockout, many stray animals face a problem because they do not get food. I appeal to the people of this country to take care of all the animals around them.”

It’s real that pets owe us unconditional love and care. They are family members and, in this time of turmoil, National Pet Day is a rare opportunity to dedicate a day to your pet. While many countries/people around the world celebrate National Pet Day today, we must not forget those animals who do not have a home and are struggling to live every day.

Gajender K Sharma, Country Director, World Animal Protection, India said, “The crisis of COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Yet we must remember that the animals around us always feel the consequences of the lockdown. There is no evidence to date to indicate that your pets or stray animals are the source of Coronavirus and can spread the infection to humans.”

“World Animal Protection has drawn up a list of Do’s and Don’ts that anyone can quickly adopt when they consider social differences and are at home due to the lockdown. In this situation, let’s not ignore the stray animals. We need us to”.

COVID-19 clouds have spread all over the world, swallowing more and more light every day, leaving us with dullness and rising darkness.
However, not everything is swallowed up yet by COVID-19, we can see examples of government asking people to clap for gratitude and light a candle to thank those who are working and to put us together during this crisis.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support animals, please visit It’s an opportunity for everybody to become a champion of change. Come on and help the stray animals in your locality.

  • For more information about awareness campaigns, photos and videos or to arrange an interview please contact, Sahil Sharma on 9871444038 or email:
  • You can also get an answer to all your animal welfare-related queries here

Barkha Verma

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