Animal Holidays & Celebrations

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

2021 Weeks:

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days – January 16 – 17, 2021
  • International Hoof Care Week – January 26 – 29, 2021
  • Kiss a Shark Week – January 24-30, 2021 (Fourth Full Week of January)
  • Christmas Bird Count Week – December 14, 2020 – January 5, 2021; December 14, 2021 – January 5, 2022

2021 Days:

  • National Bird Day – January 5
  • Save the Eagles Day – January 9 (Second Saturday in January)
  • Eagle Day – January 11
  • Albert Schweitzer’s Birthday – January 14
  • Feast of the Ass (Donkey) – January 14 (Celebrates all the donkeys of the Bible)
  • 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
  • Humpback Whale Awareness Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Bird Health Awareness Week – February 21-27, 2021 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count – February 12-15, 2021
  • Homes for Birds Week – February 14-20, 2021 (Second full week of February )
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week – February 22-26, 2021
  • National Justice for Animals Week – February 21-27, 2021
  • National Nestbox Week – February 14 – 21, 2021
  • Whooping Crane Festival – February 25-28, 2021

2021 Days:

  • Serpent Day – February 1
  • Groundhog Day – February 2
  • Hedgehog Day – February 2
  • Marmot Day (Alaska) – February 2
  • Cordova Ice Worm Day – February 3
  • Western Monarch Day – February 5
  • World Animal Reiki Day – February 5
  • National Hippo Day – February 15
  • Champion Crab Races Day – February 17
  • World Whale Day – February 15 – (Third Saturday in February)
  • World Pangolin Day – February 15 – (Third Saturday in February)
  • National Wildlife Day – February 22 (In honor of Steve Irving)
  • Steve Irving’s Birthday – February 22
  • 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

2021 Weeks:

  • International Festival of Owls – March 5-7, 2021 (First Full Weekend in March)
  • National Aardvark Week – March 7-13 (Second Week of March)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week – March 21-27, 2021 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Wildlife Week – March 17-23, 2021
  • Termite Awareness Week – March 7-13, 2021
  • Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign – March 11-17, 2021

2021 Days:

  • National Horse Protection Day – March 1
  • National Pig Day – March 1
  • World Wildlife Day – March 3
  • Key Deer Awareness Day – March 11
  • K9’s Veteran’s Day – March 13
  • Learn About Butterflies Day – March 14
  • Save a Spider Day – March 14
  • Buzzard Day – March 15
  • National Panda Day – March 16
  • Poultry Day – March 19
  • Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day – March 19
  • Save the Panther Day – March 20, 2021 (Third Saturday in March)
  • World Sparrow Day – March 20
  • World Frog Day – March 20
  • International Day of the Seal – March 22
  • Manatee Appreciation Day –  March 31, 2021 (Last Wednesday in March)

April Animal Holidays

Month:

  • National Frog Month
  • Adopt a Ferret Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Bat Appreciation Week – April 4-10, 2021 (First Full Week of April)
  • Be Kind to Spiders Week – April 4-10, 2021 (First Full Week of April)
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week – April 18-24, 2021 (Third Week in April)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week – April 11-17, 2021 (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week – April 11-17, 2021 (Second Full Week of April)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week – April 18-24, 2021 (Week surrounding April 24th each year)
  • World Week for Animals in Laboratories – April 18-24, 2021 (Week surrounding April 24th each year)

2021 Days:

  • National Ferret Day – April 2
  • Jane Goodall’s Birthday – April 3
  • World Rat Day – April 4
  • International Beaver Day – April 7
  • National Birding Day – April 3 (First Saturday of April)
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day – April 8
  • Zoo Lovers Day – April 8
  • National Unicorn Day – April 9
  • National Dolphin Day – April 14
  • Save the Elephant Day – April 16
  • International Bat Appreciation Day – April 17
  • National Velociraptor Awareness Day – April 18
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories – April 24
  • Eeyore’s Birthday Day – April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday of April)
  • National Go Birding Day – April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday of April)
  • World Penguin Day – April 25
  • Audubon Day – April 26
  • National Help a Horse Day – April 26
  • Save the Frogs Day – April 27, 2021 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Mantanzas Mule Day – April 27
  • Marine Mammal Rescue Day – April 27
  • National Animal Advocacy Day – April 30

May Animal Holidays

Month:

  • International Respect for Chickens Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Be Kind to Animals Week – May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Donkey Week – May 12-18, 2021
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day – May 13-16, 2021 (Calaveras County, CA)
  • National Heritage Breeds Week – May 16-22, 2021 (Third Full Week in May)
  • World Migratory Bird Day – May 8-9, 2021 (Second Weekend in May)
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding – May 6-10, 2021

2021 Days:

  • Save the Rhino Day – May 1
  • Start Seeing Monarchs Day – May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May)
  • World Tuna Day – May 2
  • 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 8 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Frog Jumping Day – May 13
  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice – May 14, 2021 (Second Friday in May)
  • Dinosaur Day – May 18
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – May 15
  • Endangered Species Day – May 21, 2021 (Third Friday in May)
  • National Sea Monkey Day – May 16
  • World Bee Day – May 20
  • International Turtle Day – May 23
  • World Turtle Day – May 23
  • World Otter Day – May 26, 2021 (Last Wednesday in May)
  • Slugs Return to Capistrano Day – May 28
  • Whooping Crane Day – May 28
  • National Snail Day – May 29
  • Pink Flamingo Day – May 29
  • World Parrot Day – May 31

June Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Pollinator Week – June 15-21, 2021
  • Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 20-26, 2021 (Mid June)
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! – June 20-26, 2021 (Last Week of June)
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week – June 20-26, 2021 (Last Full Week of June)
  • National Insect Week – June 21-27, 2021
  • National Pollinator Week – June 21-27, 2021

2021 Days:

  • Hug Your Cat Day – June 4
  • National Black Bear Day – June 5, 2021 (First Saturday in June)
  • National Animal Rights Day –  June 6, 2021 (First Sunday in June)
  • June Bug Day – June 7
  • World Oceans Day – June 8
  • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos – June 8
  • National Black Cow Day – June 10
  • Save a Lobster Day – June 15
  • World Sea Turtle Day – June 16
  • Sea Turtle Day – June 16
  • Save a Fish Day – June 18
  • American Eagle Day – June 20
  • World Giraffe Day – June 21
  • National Catfish Day – June 25

July Animal Holidays

Month:

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

2021 Weeks:

  • Celebration of the Horse Day – July 16-18, 2021 (Third Weekend)
  • National Moth Week – July 17-25, 2021
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week – July 18-24, 2021 (Third Week in July)
  • National Farriers Week – July 4-10, 2021 (First Full Week of July)
  • Rabbit Week – July 15 -21, 2021

2021 Days:

  • American Zoo Day – July 1
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day – July 10
  • Cow Appreciation Day – July 13 (Second Tuesday in July)
  • Shark Awareness Day – July 14
  • I Love Horses Day – July 15
  • World Snake Day – July 16
  • Take a Monkey to Lunch Day – July 21
  • Mosquito Day – July 23
  • International Tiger Day – July 29

August Animal Holidays

2021 Weeks:

  • International Assistance Dog Week – August 1-7, 2021 (Starts on First Sunday in August)

2021 Days:

  • National Sea Serpent Day – August 7
  • Scottish Wildcat Day – August 8
  • World Elephant Day – August 12
  • World Lizard Day – August 14
  • International Homeless Animals Day – August 21 (Third Saturday of August)
  • National Homeless Animals Day – August 21 (Third Saturday of August)
  • National Honeybee Day – August 21 (Third Saturday of August)
  • World Orangutan Day – August 19
  • World Mosquito Day – August 20
  • International Whale Shark Day – August 30

September Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month
  • National Save a Tiger Month
  • National Velociraptor Awareness Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Farm Animals Awareness Week – September 19 – 25, 2021 (Third week of September)
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week – September 26 – October 2, 2021 (Last Week of September)

2021 Days:

  • Save Japan’s Dolphin Day – September 1
  • National Wildlife Day – September 4
  • National Hummingbird Day – September 4 (First Saturday in September)
  • World Vulture Day – September 5
  • National Iguana Awareness Day – September 8
  • International Red Panda Day – September 18 (Third Saturday of September)
  • Elephant Appreciation Day – September 22
  • World Rhino Day – September 22
  • Save the Koala Day – September 24 (Last Friday in September)
  • National Bluebird of Happiness Day – September 24
  • Fish Amnesty Day – September 25 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • International Rabbit Day – September 25, 2021 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • Shamu the Whale Day – September 26
  • Happy Goose Day – September 29

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

2021 Weeks:

  • Animal Welfare Week – October 3-9, 2021 (First Full Week of October)
  • National Veterinary Technician Week – October 17-23, 2021
  • National Wolf Awareness Week – October 17-23, 2021 (Third Week of October)

2021 Days:

  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day – October 1
  • World Farm Animals Day – October 2
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day – October 3
  • Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Day – October 4
  • World Animal Day – October 4
  • World Badger Day – October 6
  • National Salmon Day – October 8
  • Vet Nurse Day – October 8, 2020 (Second Friday in October)
  • International Sloth Day – October 20
  • Reptile Awareness Day – October 21
  • National Mule Day – October 26
  • World Lemur Day – October 29 (Last Friday in October)
  • Hug a Sheep Day – October 30, 2020 (Last Saturday in October)

November Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Turkey Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week – November 7-13, 2021 (First Full Week of November)

2021 Days:

  • Jellyfish Day – November 3
  • National Bison Day – November 6, 2021 (First Saturday in November)
  • World Numbat Day – November 6, 2020 (First Saturday of November)
  • National Hug a Bear Day – November 7 (Nope. It’s for hugging teddy bears only! Though hugging real bears would be so awesome!)
  • American Frog Day – November 10
  • Turtle Adoption Day – November 27

December Animal Holidays

2021 Weeks:

  • Christmas Bird Count Week – December 14, 2021 – January 5, 2022 (Every Dec. 14 – Jan. 5)

2021 Days:

  • International Cheetah Day – December 4
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day – December 4
  • International Day of Veterinary Medicine – December 9
  • National Llama Day – December 9
  • National Day of Animal Rights – December 10
  • National Day of the Horse – December 13
  • Monkey Day – December 14
  • Visit the Zoo Day – December 27

18 thoughts on “Animal Holidays & Celebrations

  1. Kat says:

    Thanks for the list! Am i right in assuming the dates willbe the same for 2019? 🙂

  2. Elliot Connor says:

    wow! I want to say a HUGE thank you to you for putting this together. it is an epic resource!

  3. Giselle Garip Garip de Ravelo says:

    Hello, world Giraffe Day is June 21st

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