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National Pet Month – April 1 – May 10, 2020:
Help UK Pet Charities And Rescues with the #NPMOnline Challenge

National Pet Month launches this week (April 1-May 10) and is on the look-out for young UK pet fans to become Young Ambassadors for this year’s #NPMOnline campaign.

As we spend more time in our own homes, NPM is rallying our nation’s youngsters to show their love for our animal companions and help raise awareness and cash to help the nation’s pets.

Coronavirus restrictions impact our pets too, as we find ways to look after the animals in our care and those yet to find their forever homes.

The #NPMOnline Challenge for young pet fans, with support from their families and friends, could hold the key to success to spreading the word on caring for the pets we love, and raising funds to help them.

All young pet fans need to do to become a Young Ambassador and make a difference is to raise funds for National Pet Month – or another animal charity of their choice – online, from the comfort of their own home.

How to get started:

  1. Start following NPM on social channels right now and say ‘hello’ using the hashtag #NPMOnline




Instagram @nationalpetmonth

2. For those aged 16 and under (and with your parents’ permission), go online and declare yourself an NPM Young Ambassador using our hashtags #NPMOnline and #NPMYA. Tell the world why you love your pets!

3. Raise funds for National Pet Month, or if you have another favourite UK pet charity or rescue you’d like to support during NPM, tag them and NPM with your plans using #NPMOnline and #NPMYA

4. Stage your mini fundraiser and tell us all about it on our social channels, including how much you raised. Even a fiver can make a real difference so don’t be shy, give it a try!

Here are some ideas to try:

  • Hold a virtual pet party, for example via Zoom, where you can meet with your friends, family and your pets for a donation towards National Pet Month or another chosen charity.
  • Organise a Netflix pet movie marathon and ask people to sponsor you as you watch all your favourite pet/animal films via
  • Create images of your pets and send them to us online using our hashtag #NPMOnline. Why not also display them in your window so people can spot them from their homes or on their daily walk?

There are so many other ideas you could try – we would love to hear your suggestions.

“National Pet Month is an amazing community of pet lovers and as we’re all spending more time at home with our pets right now, we have a great opportunity to celebrate our pets with #NPMOnline,” says NPM Chairman Michael Bellingham.

“By becoming a Young Ambassador for National Pet Month and staging fun, online mini fundraising events, you’ll be helping to make a real difference to the lives of pets in need, and all from the comfort of your own home. What a great way to beat the lockdown blues!”

He adds: “Please remember that National Pet Month is also a charity and you can donate directly to us on our website. For more than 30 years we’ve been supporting fellow UK pet charities and educating the nation on the importance of responsible pet care. So, if you’d like to raise much needed funds for us that would be amazing too. Whatever you do this #NationalPetMonth, above all, have fun, stay safe, stay home and let’s all make a positive difference for UK pets.”



For further information contact Asha Clearwater at or call 07920 461040 or 01406 380737.

Editor’s Notes:

National Pet Month is a registered charity, unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers. The trustees are National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA).  The charity’s key aims are to:

  • Promote responsible pet ownership
  • Make people aware of the mutual benefits of living with pets
  • Increase public awareness of the role of pet care specialists
  • Raise awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals

National Pet Month’s Top 10 Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership

1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.

2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.

3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.

4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.

5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.

6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.

7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.

8. Groom your pet regularly.

9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.

10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary

fees and third party liability.







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For media information, images or to speak to a spokesperson about National Pet Month please contact Taz Thornton or Asha Clearwater at Turquoise Tiger on +44 (0)7920 461 044 or email

Please note we have access to a range of spokespeople via our coordinators, sponsors and most animal welfare organisations and charities who get involved with NPM.

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