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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

2020 Weeks:

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days – January 18 – 19, 2020
  • International Hoof Care Week – January 21 – 24, 2020

2020 Days:

  • National Bird Day – January 5
  • Save the Eagles Day – January 10
  • Eagles Day – January 11
  • 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

2020 Weeks:

  • Great Backyard Bird Count – February 14-17, 2020
  • Homes for Birds Week – February 9 – 15, 2020 (Second full week of February )
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week – February 23, 2020 – March 29, 2020
  • National Justice for Animals Week – February 23, 2020 – March 1, 2020
  • National Nestbox Week – February 14 – 21, 2020
  • Whooping Crane Festival – February 21 – 24, 2020

2020 Days:

  • Serpent Day – February 1
  • Groundhog Day – February 2
  • Hedgehog Day – February 2
  • Cordova Ice Worm Day – February 3
  • Western Monarch Day – February 5
  • National Hippo Day – February 15
  • Champion Crab Races Day – February 17
  • World Whale Day – February 15
  • 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

2020 Weeks:

  • International Festival of Owls – March 6 – 8, 2020
  • National Aardvark Week – March 8 – 14 (Second Week of March)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week – March 19 – 24, 2020 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Wildlife Week – March 9 – 13, 2020)
  • Termite Awareness Week – March 8 – 14, 2020
  • Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign – March 11 – 17, 2020

2020 Days:

  • National Horse Protection Day – March 1
  • National Pig Day – March 1
  • World Wildlife Day – March 3
  • 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
  • World Sparrow Day – March 20
  • World Frog Day – March 20
  • International Day of the Seal – March 22
  • Manatee Appreciation Day – March 25 (Last Wednesday in March)

April Animal Holidays

Month:

  • National Frog Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2020 Weeks:

  • Bat Appreciation Week – April 5 – 11, 2020 (First Full Week of April)
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week – April 19 – 25, 2020 (Third Week in April)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week – April 12 – 18, 2020 (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week – April 12 – 18, 2020
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week – April 19 – 25, 2020 (Week surrounding April 24th each year)
  • World Week for Animals in Laboratories – April 19-25, 2020 (Week surrounding April 24th each year)

2020 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 6 (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
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories – April 24
  • World Penguin Day – April 25
  • Audubon Day – April 26
  • National Help a Horse Day – April 26
  • Eeyore’s Birthday Day – April 27, 2019 (Last Saturday of April)
  • National Go Birding Day – April 27, 2019 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day – April 27, 2019 (Last Saturday of April)
  • National Animal Advocacy Day – April 30

May Animal Holidays

Month:

  • International Respect for Chickens Month

2020 Weeks:

  • Be Kind to Animals Week – May 3 – 9, 2020 (First Full Week in May)
  • Donkey Week – May 6 – 13
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day – May 14 – 17, 2020 (Calaveras County, CA)
  • National Heritage Breeds Week – May 17 – 23, 2020 (Third Full Week in May)
  • World Migratory Bird Day – May 9 -10, 2020 (Second Weekend in May)
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding – May 8 – 17, 2020

2020 Days:

  • Save the Rhino Day – May 1
  • 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 9 (Always on the 2nd Saturday in May)
  • Frog Jumping Day – May 13
  • Dinosaur Day – May 15
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – May 15
  • Endangered Species Day – May 15 (Third Friday in May)
  • National Sea Monkey Day – May 16
  • World Bee Day – May 20
  • 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
  • National Snail Day – May 29
  • Pink Flamingo Day – May 29
  • International Hug Your Cat Day – May 30

June Animal Holidays

Month:

  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

2020 Weeks:

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 14 – 20, 2020 (Mid-June)
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! – June 21 – 27, 2020 (Last Week of June)
  • National Pollinator Week – June 22 – 28, 2020
  • 2020 Days:

    • Hug Your Cat Day – June 4
    • National Animal Rights Day – June 7 (First Sunday in June)
    • World Oceans Day – June 8
    • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos – June 8
    • National Black Cow Day – June 10
    • World Sea Turtle Day – June 16
    • American Eagle Day – June 20

    July Animal Holidays

    Month:

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

    2020 Weeks:

    • Coral Reef Awareness Week – July 19 – 25, 2020 (Third Week of July)
    • National Farriers Week – July 5 – 11, 2020 (First Full Week of July)
    • National Marine Week – July 27 – August 11, 2020
    • Rabbit Week – July 15 -21, 2020

    2020 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
    • Mosquito Day – July 23
    • International Tiger Day – July 29

    August Animal Holidays

    2020 Weeks:

    • International Assistance Dog Week – August 9 – 15 (Starts on First Sunday in August)

    2020 Days:

    • World Cat Day – August 08
    • World Elephant Day – August 12
    • World Lizard Day – August 14
    • International Homeless Animals Day – August 15 (Third Saturday of August)
    • National Homeless Animals Day – August 15 (Third Saturday of August)
    • National Honeybee Day – August 15 (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

    2020 Weeks:

    • National Farm Animals Awareness Week – September 19 – 25, 2020 (Third week of September)
    • Sea Otter Awareness Week – September 26 – October 1, 2020 (Last Week of September)

    2020 Days:

    • Save Japan’s Dolphin Day – September 1
    • National Wildlife Day – September 4
    • National Hummingbird Day – September 5 (First Saturday in September)
    • World Vulture Day – September 5
    • National Iguana Awareness Day – September 8
    • International Red Panda Day – September 19 (Third Saturday of September)
    • Elephant Appreciation Day – September 22
    • World Rhino Day – September 22
    • Save the Koala Day – September 26 (Last Friday in September)
    • Fish Amnesty Day – September 26 (Fourth Saturday in September)
    • National Bluebird of Happiness Day – September 24
    • Shamu the Whale Day – September 26
    • International Rabbit Day – September 28 (Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September)
    • 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

    2020 Weeks:

    • Animal Welfare Week – October 4 – 10, 2020 (First Full Week of October)
    • National Veterinary Technician Week – October 13 – 19, 2020
    • National Wolf Awareness Week – October 18 – 24, 2020 (Third Week of October)

    2020 Days:

    • International Raccoon Appreciation Day – October 1
    • World Farm Animals Day – October 2
    • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day – October 3
    • World Animal Day – October 4
    • World Badger Day – October 6, 2020
    • National Salmon Day – October 8
    • International Sloth Day – October 20
    • Reptile Awareness Day – October 21
    • National Mule Day – October 26

    November Animal Holidays

    Month:

    • Manatee Awareness Month
    • Adopt a Turkey Month

    2020 Weeks:

    • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week – November 1 – 7, 2020 (First Full Week of November)

    2020 Days:

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

    December Animal Holidays

    2020 Weeks:

    • Christmas Bird Count Week – December 14, 2020 – January 5, 2020 (Every Dec. 14 – Jan. 5)

    2020 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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