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The Royal Household Celebrates National Pet Month (April 1-May 10)

Plans to celebrate National Pet Month had to change this year, however the charity was delighted to find they had an important new supporter – Her Majesty the Queen!

The Royal Household Celebrates National Pet Month (April 1-May 10)


Her Majesty celebrated National Pet Month and advised on the Royal Family Instagram feed: “Today we are marking National Pet Month. The nation’s pets have kept us company during lockdown and have joined our daily walks.” The post was accompanied by a series of beautiful photos of the Royal Family and their pets.

The first Royal Corgis – Dookie and Jane – joined the Royal Family in 1933, when King George VI gave them to his daughters, Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) and Princess Margaret.

On her 18th birthday, Princess Elizabeth was given her very own Corgi named Susan and has owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis since.

Her Majesty’s love of horses has remained with her throughout her life. From spending time with her pony 'Peggy' at the age of six, today, Her Majesty still rides horses and takes a great interest in the horses which she breeds and owns for racing.

Michael Bellingham, National Pet Month Chairman advised: “We were delighted to hear that Her Majesty is celebrating National Pet Month. We are not surprised; her love of animals is well known. The unconditional love our pets give us is an incredible boost in such challenging times.”

He continued: “For this year’s National Pet Month, which runs until 10 May 2020, we have called on the on UKs pet lovers to stay home, stay safe and to get online for the nation’s pets. Visit to find out how you can get involved.”


The beautiful photos are available here:


If you’re staging a digital fundraiser for a UK pet charity or rescue be sure to tell us about it on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.



Notes to Editors

To find out more, please see our related news stories:

Stay home, stay safe and to get online for the nation’s pets

National Pet Month launches search for UK young ambassadors  

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.


Press Office

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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