Pet Holidays & Celebrations

With so many wonderful, interesting, and fun pet 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 pet days. If you know of any I’ve missed, please let me know! There are a gazillion awesome animal holidays, too! Discover them on the Animal Holidays page.

January Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • Walk Your Dog Month
  • Walk Your Pet Month

2021 Days:

  • National Pet Travel Safety Day – January 2
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats Day – January 2
  • National Bird Day – January 5
  • National Cuddle Up Day – January 6
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 14
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day – January 22
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day – January 24
  • Seeing Eye Guide Dog Day – January 29

February Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Beat the Heat Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • National Pet Oral Health Care Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week – February 7-14, 2021
  • National Justice for Animals Week – February 21-27, 2021

2021 Days:

  • Serpent’s Day – February 1
  • Doggy Date Night – February 3
  • International Golden Retriever Day – February 3
  • Pet Theft Awareness Day – February 14
  • World Cat Day – February 17
  • Love Your Pet Day – February 20
  • National Walk Your Dog Day – February 22
  • International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – February 23
  • Spay Day USA/ World Spay Day – February 25

March Pet Holidays

Month:

  • International Rescue Cat Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Professional Pet Sitters Week – March 7-13, 2021 (First Full Week in March)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week – March 21-27, 2021 (Third Full Week in March)

2021 Days:

  • International Rescue Cat Day – March 2
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day – March 3
  • K-9 Veterans Day – March 13
  • Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day (The Patron Saint of Cats) – March 17
  • National Puppy Day – March 23
  • Cuddle a Kitten Day – March 23
  • Respect Your Cat Day – March 28

April Pet Holidays

Month:

  • National Greyhound Adoption Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
  • Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • National Pet Month

2021 Weeks:

  • International Pooper Scooper Week – April 1-7, 2021
  • National Raw Feeding Week – April 1-7, 2021
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week – April 11-17, 2021 (Second Full Week in April)
  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week – April 11-17, 2021
  • National Pet ID Week – April 17-23, 2021 (Third Week of April)
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week – April 18-24, 2021 (Third Week in April)

2021 Days:

  • Every Day is Tag Day – April 3, 2021 (First Saturday in April)
  • National Siamese Cat Day – April 6
  • National Dog Fighting Awareness Day – April 8
  • National Hug Your Dog Day – April 10
  • Dog Therapy Appreciation Day – April 11
  • National Pet Day – April 11
  • Pet Owners Independence Day – April 18
  • Pet Owners Day – April 19
  • Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – April 21
  • National Lost Dog Awareness Day – April 23
  • Pet Tech CPR Day – April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday in April)
  • World Veterinary Day – April 25
  • National Pet Parent’s Day –  April 25, 2021 (Last Sunday in April)
  • National Kids and Pets Day – April 26
  • Free Feral Cat Spay Day – April 27
  • International Guide Dog Day – April 2, 2021 (Last Wednesday in April)
  • Hairball Awareness Day – April 30, 2021 (Last Friday in April)
  • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day – April 30
  • National Animal Therapy Day – April 30
  • National Tabby Day – April 30

May Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Be Kind to Animals Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
  • National Chip Your Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Pet Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Pet Week – May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week – May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Puppy Mill Action Week – May 3-9, 2021 (Begins the Monday before Mother’s Day)

2021 Days:

  • National Purebred Dog Day – May 1
  • International Doodle Dog Day – May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May)
  • Hug Your Cat Day – May 3
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day – May 3
  • Mayday for Mutts –  May 2, 2021 (First Sunday in May)
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – May 8
  • National Dog Mom’s Day – May 8, 2021 (Saturday before Mother’s Day)
  • International Chihuahua Appreciation Day – May 14
  • National Rescue Dog Day – May 20
  • International Hug Your Cat Day – May 30

June Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
  • National Microchipping Month
  • Social Petworking Month

2021 Weeks:

  • Pet Appreciation Week – June 6-12, 2021 (First Full Week in June)
  • National Pet Wedding Week – June 13-19, 2021
  • Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 20-26, 2021 (Third Week in June)
  • Take Your Dog to Work Week – June 22-25, 2021 (The Mon-Fri Week Following Father’s Day)

2021 Days:

  • Hug Your Cat Day – June 4
  • National Animal Rights Day – June 6, 2021 (First Sunday in June)
  • Best Friends Day – June 8
  • World Pet Memorial Day – June 8, 2021 (Second Tuesday in June)
  • Take Your Cat to Work Day – June 21
  • National Garfield Day – June 19
  • Ugliest Dog Day – June 18, 2021 (Third Friday in June)
  • National Dog Party Day – June 21
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day –  June 25, 2021 (Friday after Father’s Day)
  • Cat World Domination Day – June 24

July Pet Holidays

Month:

  • National Dog House Repair Month
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • Beat the Heat Month

2021 Days:

  • Independence Day – July 4 (This US holiday is no holiday for dogs and other domestic pets; the sounds of fireworks cause many pets (especially dogs and cats) to panic and run, resulting in many lost pets every year.)
  • National Kitten Day – July 10
  • ID Pet Day – July 11
  • All-American Pet Photo Day – July 11
  • National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15
  • National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day – July 21
  • No Pet Store Puppies Day – July 21
  • National Mutt Day – July 31

August Pet Holidays

Month:

  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Rawgust Celebration Month (celebrating raw feeding for pets)

2021 Weeks:

  • International Assistance Dog Week – August 1-7, 2021 (Starts on First Sunday in August)
  • Pet Fashion Week – August 29- September 4, 2020

2021 Days:

  • DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs – August 1
  • Work Like a Dog Day – August 5
  • International Cat Day – August 8
  • Spoil Your Dog Day – August 10
  • National Check the Chip Day – August 15
  • Saint Roch’s Day – August 15 (patron saint of dogs)
  • International Homeless Animals Day – August 21, 2021 (Third Saturday of August)
  • Clear the Shelters Day – August 21, 2021 (Third Saturday of August)
  • National Black Cat Appreciation Day – August 17
  • National Homeless Animals Day – August 21, 2021 (Third Saturday of August)
  • National Take Your Cat to The Vet Day – August 22
  • National Dog Day – August 26
  • Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – August 28
  • National Holistic Pet Day – August 30

September Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • AKC Responsible Dog Ownership
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month
  • National Guide Dogs Month
  • National Pet Memorial Month
  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • Animal Service Dog Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Dog Week – September 19-25, 2021 (Last week of September)
  • Deaf Pet Awareness Week – September 19-25, 2021 (Last week of September)
  • Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week – September 19-25, 2021 (Last week of September)

2021 Days:

  • Ginger Cat Appreciation Day – September 1
  • National Dog Walker Appreciation Day – September 8
  • National Hug Your Hound Day – September 12, 2021 (Second Sunday of September)
  • National Pet Memorial Day – September 12, 2021 (Second Sunday of September)
  • Puppy Mill Awareness Day – September 18, 2021 (Third Saturday in September)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day – September 18, 2021 (Third Saturday in September)
  • Meow Like a Pirate Day – September 19
  • Love Your Pet Day – September 20
  • Dogs in Politics Day – September 23
  • Remember Me Thursday – September 23, 2021 (for shelter animals waiting for adoption)
  • World Rabies Day – September 28


 

October Pet Holidays

Month:

  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Adopt-A-Dog Month
  • Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • National Service Dog Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Walk Your Dog Week October 1-7 (First Week of October)
  • Animal Welfare Week – October 3-9, 2021 (First full week in October)
  • National Veterinary Technician Week – October 17-23, 2021 (Third week in October)

2021 Days:

  • National Black Dog Day – October 1
  • National Walk Your Dog Day – October 1
  • National Fire Pup Day – October 1
  • World Animal Day – October 4
  • World Pet’s Day – October 4
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day – October 9
  • National Pug Day – October 15
  • National Feral Cat Day – October 16
  • Global Cat Day – October 16
  • National Fetch Day – October 16, 2021 (Third Saturday in October)
  • National Pitbull Awareness Day – October 30, 2021 (Last Saturday in October)
  • National Black Cat Day – October 27
  • National Cat Day – October 29


 

November Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Pet Diabetes Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Pet Awareness Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month

2021 Weeks:

  • National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week – November 7-13, 2021 (First full week of November)
  • National Cat Week – November 7-13, 2021 (First full week of November)

2021 Days:

  • National Cook for Your Pets Day – November 1
  • National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day – November 7
  • National Black Cat Day – November 17
  • Humane Society Anniversary Day – November 22


 

December Pet Holidays

Month:

  • Cat Lover’s Month

2021 Days:

  • National Mutt Day – December 2
  • International Animal Rights Day – December 10
  • Cat Herder’s Day – December 15

4 thoughts on “Pet Holidays & Celebrations

  1. Harvey Green says:

    Is looks like there’s two National Black Cat Days? One in October and one in November? I thought the best date for this may have been Halloween, October 31?

    • spiritanimals says:

      Hi, Dawn!

      Yes! Happy to do this! Thanks for reaching out!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

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