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. Sue says:

    thank heaps for this calendar. I has help me with an business assignment and brought so many idea to initiate into my small business. I will be using some of these in the up coming year for promotions. thanks again

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Garry;

      Apology for delayed reply. I’m finding that having two hands is not enough and I’m looking into getting surgery to become an Octopus. 😉

      You are most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to comment on and visit WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com! Next week a new version of WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com is going live and this list is expanded. There is also a Pet Holidays calendar on the new site so I’ll post the links here when it’s ready.

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  2. Karla Bloem says:

    The International Festival of Owls in March is actually an individual event in one location and not an awareness day so technically shouldn’t be on this calendar. (Some other organizations have seen it on this calendar and copied the event–the name and date–which creates a lot of confusion.) International Owl Awareness Day is August 4.

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