April 11th is National Pet Day, which is a great time to show our pets just how much we love and appreciate them. National Pet Day began in 2006 when animal welfare and pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige wanted to bring attention to the continuing needs of many pets waiting in shelters to be adopted. Colleen encouraged people who were looking for purebred cats and dogs to get in touch with rescue organizations instead of going to breeders. “Don’t shop! Adopt!” quickly became the motto of National Pet Day.