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Animal Holidays & Celebrations

With so many wonderful, interesting, and fun animal holidays there are to be celebrated, I thought it would be helpful to keep a calendar of them here! This page has national, international, and world animal days. If you know of any I’ve missed, please let me know!

There are a gazillion pet holidays so I have those listed on the, well, Pet Holidays page.

January Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

2017 Weeks:

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days – January 21-22, 2017
  • International Hoof Care Week – January 24-27, 2017

2017 Days:

  • National Bird Day – January 5
  • Save the Eagles Day – January 10
  • Albert Schweitzer’s Birthday – January 14
  • Appreciate a Dragon Day – January 16
  • Dian Fossey’s Birthday – January 16
  • Winnie the Pooh Day – January 18
  • Penguin Awareness Day – January 20
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21
  • Rattlesnake Round Up – January 28
  • International Zebra Day – January 31

February Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month

2017 Weeks:

  • Great Backyard Bird Count – February 17-20, 2017
  • Homes for Birds Week – Second Week of February
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week – February 19-26, 2017
  • National Justice for Animals Week – February 19-26, 2017
  • National Nestbox Week – February 14-21

2017 Days:

  • Serpent Day – February 1
  • Groundhog Day – February 2
  • Cordova Ice Worm Day – February 3
  • National Hippo Day – February 15
  • Champion Crab Races Day – February 17
  • Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day – February 18
  • World Whale Day – February 18
  • World Pangolin Day – February 18, 2017 – Third Saturday in February
  • International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – February 23
  • International Polar Bear Day – February 27
  • National Polar Bear Day – February 27

March Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Dolphin Awareness Month

2017 Weeks:

  • International Festival of Owls – March 3-5, 2017
  • National Aardvark Week – Second Week of March
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week – March 19-25, 2017 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Wildlife Week – March 14-18, 2016 (2017 date TBA)
  • Termite Awareness Week – March 12-18, 2017
  • Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign – March 11-17

2017 Days:

  • National Horse Protection Day – March 1
  • National Pig Day – March 1
  • World Wildlife Day – March 3
  • Learn About Butterflies Day – March 14
  • Save a Spider Day – March 14
  • Buzzard Day – March 15
  • National Panda Day – March 16
  • World Frog Day – March 20
  • International Day of the Seal – March 22
  • Manatee Appreciation Day – March 29, 2017 (Last Wednesday in March)

April Animal Holidays

Month:

  • National Frog Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2017 Weeks:

  • Bat Appreciation Week – April 2-8 (First Full Week of April)
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week – April 16-22 (Third Week in April)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week – April 9-15 (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week – April 10-16
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week – April 16-24 (Week of April 24th each year)
  • World Week for Animals in Laboratories – April 24-30

2017 Days:

  • National Birding Day – April 1 (First Saturday of April)
  • National Ferret Day – April 2
  • Jane Goodall’s Birthday – April 3
  • World Rat Day – April 4
  • International Beaver Day – April 7
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day – April 8
  • Zoo Lovers Day – April 8
  • National Dolphin Day – April 14
  • Save the Elephant Day – April 16
  • International Bat Appreciation Day – April 17
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories – April 24
  • World Penguin Day – April 25
  • Audubon Day – April 26
  • National Help a Horse Day – April 26
  • National Go Birding Day – April 29 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day – April 29 (Last Saturday in April)
  • National Animal Advocacy Day – April 30

May Animal Holidays

Month:

  • International Respect for Chickens Month

2017 Weeks:

  • Be Kind to Animals Week – May 7-13 (First Full Week in May)
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day – May 18-21 (Calavaras County, CA)
  • World Migratory Bird Day – May 12-13

2017 Days:

  • Save the Rhino Day – May 1
  • International Wild Koala Day – May 3
  • Bird Day – May 4
  • International Respect for Chickens Day – May 4
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – May 8
  • International Migratory Bird Day – May 13 (Always on the 2nd Saturday in May)
  • Frog Jumping Day – May 13
  • Dinosaur Day – May 15
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – May 15
  • National Sea Monkey Day – May 16
  • Endangered Species Day – May 19, 2017 (Third Friday in May)
  • International Turtle Day – May 23
  • Sea Turtle Day – May 23
  • World Turtle Day – May 23
  • Slugs Return to Capistrano Day – May 28
  • Whooping Crane Day – May 28
  • Pink Flamingo Day – May 29
  • International Hug Your Cat Day – May 30

June Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

2017 Weeks:

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 18-24 (Mid June)
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! – June 25 – July 1, 2017 (Last Week of June)
  • 2017 Days:

    • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos – June 8
    • National Black Cow Day – June 10
    • World Sea Turtle Day – June 14

    July Animal Holidays

    Month:

    • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
    • National Bison Month
    • Wild About Wildlife Month

    2017 Weeks:

    • Coral Reef Awareness Week – Third Week of July
    • National Farriers Week – July 9-15 (First Full Week of July)

    2017 Days:

    • American Zoo Day – July 1
    • Don’t Step on a Bee Day – July 10
    • Cow Appreciation Day – July 12
    • I Love Horses Day – July 15
    • Shark Awareness Day – July 15
    • World Snake Day – July 16
    • Monkey Day – July 21
    • Rat Catcher’s Day – July 22
    • Mosquito Day – July 23
    • International Tiger Day – July 29

    August Animal Holidays

    2017 Weeks:

    • International Assistance Dog Week – August 6-12 (Starts on First Sunday in August)
    • Shark Week – August 2017 – Dates TBA

    2017 Days:

    • World Elephant Day – August 12
    • World Lizard Day – August 14
    • World Orangutan Day – August 19
    • International Homeless Animals Day – August 19 (Third Saturday of August)
    • National Homeless Animals Day – August 19 (Third Saturday of August)
    • National Honey Bee Day – August 19 (Third Saturday of August)
    • World Mosquito Day – August 20
    • International Whale Shark Day – August 30

    September Animal Holidays

    Month:

    • Save the Koala Month
    • World Animal Remembrance Month

    2017 Weeks:

    • National Farm Animals Awareness Week – September 16-23 (Third week of September)
    • Sea Otter Awareness Week – September 24-30 (Last Week of September)

    2017 Days:

    • National Hummingbird Day – September 2 (First Saturday in September)
    • National Wildlife Day – September 4
    • National Iguana Awareness Day – September 8
    • International Red Panda Day – September 16 (Third Saturday of September)
    • Elephant Appreciation Day – September 22
    • World Rhino Day – September 22
    • Fish Amnesty Day – September 23 (Fourth Saturday in September)
    • International Rabbit Day – September 23 (Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September)
    • National Bluebird of Happiness Day – September 24
    • Shamu the Whale Day – September 26
    • Happy Goose Day – September 29
    • Save the Koala Day – September 29 (Last Friday in September)

    October Animal Holidays

    Month:

    • Bat Appreciation Month
    • Feral Hog Month, or Hog Out Month
    • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
    • Squirrel Awareness Month
    • World Animal Month

    2017 Weeks:

    • Animal Welfare Week – October 6-12 (First Full Week of October)
    • National Wolf Awareness Week – October 8-14, 2015 (Second Full Week of October)
    • National Veterinary Technician Week – October 15-21

    2017 Days:

    • International Raccoon Appreciation Day – October 1
    • World Farm Animals Day – October 2
    • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day – October 3
    • World Animal Day – October 4
    • International Sloth Day – October 20
    • Reptile Awareness Day – October 21
    • National Mule Day – October 26

    November Animal Holidays

    Month:

    • Manatee Awareness Month

    2017 Weeks:

    • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week – November 5-11, 2017 (First Full Week of November)

    2017 Days:

    • Jellyfish Day – November 3
    • National Hug a Bear Day – November 7 (Nope. It’s for hugging stuffed bears. Though hugging real bears would be so awesome!)

    December Animal Holidays

    2017 Weeks:

    • Christmas Bird Count Week – December 14, 2016 – January 5, 2017 (Every Dec. 14 – Jan. 5)

    2017 Days:

    • International Cheetah Day – December 4
    • World Wildlife Conservation Day – December 4
    • National Day of Animal Rights – December 10
    • National Day of the Horse – December 13
    • Monkey Day – December 14
    • Visit the Zoo Day – December 27

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