On July 5, as part of the third National Pet Remembrance Day, people across the UK will remember beloved pets that have died.
Pet Remembrance Day provides an opportunity for people to celebrate the lives of pets and the increasing number of ways in which we can commemorate them. A Twitter chat will take place throughout the day using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay. People will be encouraged to show their support and share thoughts and photos of deceased companion animals.
Pet Remembrance Day, which is organised by 3D printing specialists Arty Lobster (www.artylobster.com), is once again supporting The Oldies Club (www.oldies.org.uk) – a national charity, which rehomes dogs aged seven and over in need of homes. The charity is particularly in need of new foster carers: www.oldies.org.uk/get/fostering-dogs.
A new Populus survey, commissioned by Arty Lobster, found that of the 2,000 adults questioned, those aged 18 to 24 are the most likely (59 percent) to remember a beloved deceased pet by holding a ‘memorial event’ compared to just three in ten of those aged 65+ (29 percent).
Among all respondents who currently own a pet, just over two fifths (42 percent) said they would be likely to grieve for pets in this way.
Women appear slightly more likely than men to hold a memorial event for their pet (44 percent vs. 40 percent). Single pet owners more commonly mourned in this way than pet owners who are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting (48 percent vs. 40 percent).