51 Awesome, Adorable and Inspirational Quotes About Pets for National Pet Day

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Held annually on April 11, National Pet Day is not only devoted to the pets we already own or have as family members but also to those waiting for a home. It’s a great day to do something special for the organizations that help find homes for orphaned animals.

National Pet Day is the brainchild of celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige. She started the holiday in 2005. You can learn more about the holiday on the National Pet Day website.

In the meantime, please enjoy these 51 awesome, adorable and inspirational quotes about pets.

Related: 25 Adorable Inspirational Quotes About Cats

1. “There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” Dick Dale, American Musician

2. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” Josh Billings, American Comedian

3. “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber, German Philosopher

4. “My favorite type of pet has always been a dog. They’re loyal, kind and offer endless affection.” Brendon Urie, American Musician

5. “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” James Cromwell, American Actor

6. “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot, British Author

7. “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” James Herriot, British Writer

8. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” Milan Kundera, Czech Writer

9. “I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.” Rachael Ray, American Television Personality

10. “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” John Muir, Scottish-American Naturalist

11. “Dogs don’t make judgments about physical appearance or abilities, and they don’t care how big your house is or what you do for a living. They care about the quality of your character and your capacity to love.” Elizabeth Eiler, Reiki Master and Author

12. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France, French Poet

13. “You cannot share your life with a dog…or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.” Jane Goodall, British Anthropologist

14. “Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein, German-born Physicist

15. “Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.” Michael Morpurgo, British Writer

16. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” John Grogan, American Author

17. “Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” Robert Wagner, American Actor

18. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Social Activist

19. “Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.” Gilda Radner, American Actor/Comedian

20. “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud, Austrian Psychoanalyst

21. “You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” Jane Pauley, American Journalist

22. “Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.” Emmylou Harris, American Songwriter

23. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Roger Caras, American Activist

24. “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” Jean Cocteau, French Director

25. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” Andy Rooney, American Journalist

Related: 25 Adorable Inspirational Quotes About Dogs

26. “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” Jules Verne, French Author

27. “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” Max Eastman, American Author

28. “Adopted pets are the best pets you can have. Most adoptable pets come from loving homes that simply cannot care for them anymore. Or they are strays who’ve been on their own without the loving care they deserve.” Josh Duhamel, American Actor

29. “My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of having children: You got what you got, and you loved them unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities or flaws turned out to be.” Gwen Cooper, American Novelist

30. “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” Dean Koontz, American Author

31. “You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” Jill Abramson, American Newspaper Editor

32. “For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” Roger Caras, American Activist

33. “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” Louis Sabin, American Author

34. “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” Charles Yu, Taiwanese-American Author

35. “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” Ben Williams, American Jazz Musician

36. “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” Thom Jones, American Writer

37. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” Amy Sedaris, American Author

38. “Over the years I’ve come to appreciate how animals enter our lives prepared to teach and far from being burdened by an inability to speak they have many different ways to communicate. It is up to us to listen more than hear, to look into more than past.” Nick Trout, British-Born Veterinarian and Author

39. “Pets understand humans better than humans do.” Ruchi Prabhu, Indian Author

40. “There are spiritual guardians at all the transitional places in our mysterious multidimensional Universes. The precious sacred souls of animals are created to beautifully traverse these regions when their bodies are no more upon the Earth.” Elizabeth Eiler, Reiki Master and Author

41. “Pets are like infants that never grow up. Forever children. We love them for that.” Anonymous

42. “Anyone can learn how to communicate with animals if they are open to the process and willing to practice.” Karen A Anderson, American Animal Communicator and Author

43. “Be kind to all pets and animals because they will be kind back to you.” Wesley Porter, American Author

44. “Pets reflect you like mirrors. When you are happy, you can see your dog smiling and when you are sad, your cat cries.” Munia Khan, Bangladeshi Poet

45. “Those who love dogs, know something about God.” Fakeer Ishavardas, Indian Mysticism Spirituality Expert

46. “Pets bring vital energy to our homes and lives. Pets communicate many messages about love and connection. Care tenderly for all pets throughout their precious lives. The interspecies dance of love softens and expands the heart.” Laura Staley, Feng Shui Expert

47. “A dog…is a bond between strangers.” John Steinbeck, American Author

48. “If you accept that pets can love us as much as we do them, then the logic is clear and cannot be denied. If you believe that there is a heaven for people, then they must be there, waiting for us, when we cross over. Heaven is love, and pets always share that with us.” Wallace Sife, Pet Bereavement Expert

49. “Indeed, there is nothing on this earth more peaceful than a sleeping, purring cat.” Jonathon Scott Payne, American Author

50. “Sometimes, your pet picks you.” Julie Wenzel, American Author

51. “Recruit your pet as a study partner. Cats are usually more than happy to do this—in fact, you may have trouble keeping them off keyboards and books—and dogs will often serve as well. Few things are more relaxing than having a warm, furry creature next to you as you study.” Stefanie Weisman, American Academic Expert and Author

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