Celebrate National Pet Day from Home with Discovery

National Pet Day is April 11th! If you are staying safe at home, your furry friends can help.

April 10, 2020

If you are a pet owner, you know how much you love and celebrate your furry friends every day. But today, National Pet Day, we celebrate all the ways they’ve made staying home a little less lonely.

Pets Boost Your Mind and Body

Here's Diesel Dave from Diesel Brothers and his dog Annie. Don't they look happy to have each other?

Here's Diesel Dave from Diesel Brothers and his dog Annie. Don't they look happy to have each other?

So why do people own pets? According to the CDC, there are many physical and mental benefits to having a pet, including better immune system, improved heart health, and higher energy due to more opportunities for outdoor activities and socialization. Caring for a pet can also bring joy and help boost your mood by easing feelings of loneliness and enhancing sense of self-worth and fulfillment. The bond formed between people and their pets can bring joy and happiness to pet owners. During uncertain times, like right now, pets are happier than ever as we spend a lot more time at home. Don’t they make your stay-at-home days so much better?

Looking for a Friend?

Parker Schnabel from Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail and his dog Dozer

Parker Schnabel from Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail and his dog Dozer

There are many pets waiting to be fostered or adopted in shelters every day. While the coronavirus pandemic has prompted closures of many businesses, animal shelters and humane societies have been trying to find new homes for as many pets as possible before closure. Thanks to sheltering-in-place orders across the country, a recent pet-adoption boom is the feel-good pandemic story we all need right now.

Emily Riedel from Bering Sea Gold and her dog Kiska.

Emily Riedel from Bering Sea Gold and her dog Kiska.

Discovery Talent and Their Pets

Captain Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch posing with Jaxson, his grandson, and Bo, his daughter Mandy's lovely pup.

Captain Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch posing with Jaxson, his grandson, and Bo, his daughter Mandy's lovely pup.

For those of you who don’t have a pet, especially those who are staying home alone, we are bringing Discovery pets to you! All of the photos included are of our awesome Discovery Talent and their totally adorable pets!

These two cuties belong to Captain Jake Anderson, star of Deadliest Catch.

These two cuties belong to Captain Jake Anderson, star of Deadliest Catch.

We are thankful for our pets today and every day! Happy National Pet Day to all of the pets in the world.

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