National Love Your Pet Day is marked annually on Feb. 20 to celebrate the animals who are more like a family to us. This day was created to pamper and pay attention to these creatures who love us with all their heart.

This day can be celebrated by giving special treats to your pets or taking them out for grooming. Here are some quotes, courtesy Animal Reiki Source, to remind you about the importance of pets.

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

2. “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and a responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” — James Cromwell

3. “It's difficult to understand why people don't realize that pets are gifts to mankind.” — Linda Blair

4. “Perhaps the greatest gift an animal has to offer is a permanent reminder of who we really are.” — Nick Trout

5. “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”— George Eliot

6. “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” — Martin Buber

7. “I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”— Hippolyte Taine

8. “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” — Samuel Butler

9. “A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance and to turn around three times before lying down.” — Robert Benchley

10. “When I am feeling low all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns." — Charles Bukowski

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Pictured: Representative image of a dog and a cat. Pixabay