Petition Closed

We, the pets of South Africa, give everything we are to you, our human guardians. We love you and we don’t really expect anything in return other than food and shelter.

You look to us for protection and guidance. Your children pull on our ears and bounce on our backs. Your elderly and alone rely on us for companionship and love. Our love is unconditional.

We know that you love us too. The problem is that in this very busy world we’re starting to feel abandoned. You humans have become so busy, running around from one thing to another that there is little time left over for us. So, we’ve decided that we, your loving pets, want a day dedicated to us.

We want a day where the attention of our human guardians will just be on us. Petsday, the first Saturday of October, will be a day for us to celebrate the special relationship we have with each other.

No matter what type of pet we are, furry or slimy, cute or scary, we affect your lives in a positive way. Isn't it time we have a day to celebrate the special relationship we have?

We think so!

Please help us by signing our pet-ition to the head of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities for the creation of Petsday.

Letter to
Commission for Promotion & Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious & Linguistic Communities Rev Dr Wesley Mabuza, CRL Commission Chairperson
We, the attached petitioners, would like to petition the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities on behalf of pets across South Africa to recognise the first Saturday in October as a yearly celebratory public holiday for all pets, called Petsday.

Here is what the pets would like to ask:

The pets of South Africa appeal to you to recognise us as important members of society. Millions of us give our lives to protect and guide humans, offering love and taking care of our human guardians. Humans look to us for protection and guidance. Your children pull on our ears and bounce on our backs. Your elderly and alone rely on us for companionship and love. And while you feed, look after and love us every day, when it comes to special celebration days there is no one day specifically dedicated to us, your loved and loving pets.

We love you unconditionally and listen when you need someone to talk to. We don't give away any of your secrets or tell anyone you had a really bad hair day when you got up this morning. We give you our whole lives, living in and around your homes and serving you without pause until we die.

No matter what type of pet we are, furry or slimy, cute or scary, we affect your lives in a positive way. We show you our love every day but we’re asking for one special day to celebrate the connection we have and to acknowledge the impact we have on your lives.

We have chosen the first Saturday in October because it is the world-wide feast period celebrating the life and works of Saint Francis of Assisi, a beloved human guardian of nature and the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Another well-known and respected animal lover, Mahatma Gandhi, said this: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Let us be a forward-thinking and upstanding nation by openly showing our love, respect and gratitude for our pets through the creation of Petsday.