As pet owners we look for any excuse to celebrate our beloved fur babies. If possible, we’d be more than happy to celebrate them every day.
The number of pet related holidays nowadays is so astounding that you may have missed some of them. Or, it’s possible that you don’t even know about them at all.
Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of some of the best pet and dog holidays you can celebrate throughout the year. Check them out.
Pet Holidays in January
It’s the start of a new year, and we’re continuing the celebrations all month long with these pet holidays. Here are some of the best pet holidays you should celebrate with your fur baby this month.
Walk Your Dog Month
This holiday started gaining popularity because it encourages us to go up and walk during cold winter months. January is the coldest month of the year, and it is important to give our pets plenty of exercise.
On a chilly day, even a little lap around the block can make a big difference. So, make a promise to yourself and your dog for improved health as you start the new year.
Learn about these 9 easy dog walking tips that really work.
National Train Your Dog Month
The National Train Your Dog Month initiative was launched by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in 2010.
The APDT believed it was past time to designate a month to raise public awareness of the value of socialization and training of dogs. Above all, this month-long holiday helps show people that training their dog can be simple and enjoyable.
You can celebrate this holiday by teaching your dog a new trick or two.
Get our Free Dog Training Resource Guide here.
Unchain a Dog Month
This is one of the holidays that is very important to us. This month, we encourage you to allow your furry friends inside.
As the temperatures drop, our pets can feel the cold too. They will be safer and happier inside your home.
Dogs suffer from frostbite, dehydration, and exposure the most during winter, and they do not deserve to be chained outdoors.
If your furry friends feel more comfortable outside than in the living room, leave them unchained and follow these steps to keep them warm during the winter.
National Pet Travel Safety Day – January 2
National Pet Travel Safety Day was created by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to raise awareness for pet safety during travels. This holiday includes all modes of transportation, including driving, flying, and even taking a short bike ride.
The goal of National Pet Travel Safety Day is to ensure that every journey is risk-free for both you and your pets, so that you can take them with you without worry.
Educate yourself about the best way to travel safely with a dog in the car.
National Standard Poodle Day – January 6
The Woof Book Group started National Standard Poodle Day as a part of their ongoing series of National Dog Breed Day celebrations.
Celebrate with your Poodle today by giving them some treats or going on an outing. If you are in a warm climate you can even take your Poodle for a swim.
National Alaskan Malamute Day – January 7
The Woof Book Group started National Alaskan Malamute Day to help shine a light on Alaskan Malamutes, and to help eliminate the misconception that these beautiful dogs should be used for sled dog racing.
You can help the cause by joining the Wolf Book Group on Facebook and spreading the word.
National Labrador Retriever Day – January 8
While we don’t need more excuses to celebrate Labrador Retrievers (or any pet for that matter), this day is a great reason to celebrate them even more.
Many people choose to celebrate by taking their labs for an extra walk or perhaps a game of fetch. Just do something you know your dog will love, and call it a celebration.
Here are five things you didn’t know about Labrador Retrievers.
National Australian Shepherd Day – January 9
Another holiday started by The Woof Book Group, this one helps highlight this hardworking and extremely intelligent dog breed.
You can celebrate by giving your Australian Shepherd an extra treat and a hug today.
National French Bulldog Day – January 13
The Woof Book Group also celebrate National French Bulldog Day as a part of their National Dog Breed Day initiative.
If you have a french bulldog at home, be sure to give them extra love, treats and kisses today.
National Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 14
This adorably cute holiday was started in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Page to help support the pet fashion community.
To celebrate, dress up your furry family member in cozy pet attire. If you want to go all out, you can even dress up in matching outfits.
Check out the latest in dog fashion trends.
National American Eskimo Dog Day – January 15
Another breed specific holiday to celebrate thanks to The Woof Book Group.
Give your Eskie extra love and hugs today and buy them a special treat.
National Boxer Day – January 17
Each year on January 17th we celebrate National Boxer Day to honor this loving and loyal breed.
This is a relatively new holiday that The Woof Book started in 2020. Another holiday as part of their National Dog Breed Day initiative.
Celebrate with your Boxer by taking them on a special outing or throwing them a party.
Find more info and celebration ideas for National Boxer Day here.
National Yorkshire Terrier Day – January 22
Keep the dog breed trend going with National Yorkshire Terrier Day. And yes, it is another holiday that was started by The Woof Book Group.
Celebrate by taking your Yorkie out, or give them extra treats today.
Learn about these interesting facts about Yorkies.
Change a Pet’s Life Day – January 24
Every year, on January 24, we celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day. We can all agree that having a pet in our lives provides an endless supply of enjoyment and comfort since they provide us with their unending love, commitment, and support.
This holiday gives us the chance to give one or more of the millions of animals in shelters a new home and change a life.
Check out our Charity Spotlight series to help change a life today.
Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary – January 29
This special holiday is celebrated to show gratitude for all the canines that serve as their owners’ eyes and ears. These special dogs keep them secure and enable them to function in their day to day lives.
It is only right that we give thanks to these beautiful dogs’ dedication and skills. You can celebrate by making a donation to guide and service dogs foundations, volunteer or support them through social media.
Learn about how you can help Guide Dogs of America here.
Pet Holidays in February
Valentine’s Day is not the only important holiday in February. There are plenty of pet holidays worth celebrating too.
Dog Training Education Month
Every February, we celebrate Dog Training Education Month. Educating and training your dog is very important because it ensures a healthy and long-lasting relationship with our fur babies.
Take some time this month to teach your dog a new skill or trick. Learn about proper dog training, useful dog training tools, and teach them all the necessary dog commands you can.
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Having a pet is a big responsibility. It is a long-lasting commitment, and one that we shouldn’t take lightly. This is why every February, we celebrate Responsible Pet Owners Month.
It’s a holiday created to help us become more responsible for our pets, and to celebrate responsible pet owners.
This month, think about your responsibility to your own pets, and make an effort to stop the neglect and abuse of pets in the United States and around the world.
Pet Dental Health Month
Being a responsible pet owner also means taking care of your dog’s oral health. Oral health is important to the health and wellbeing of our pets and can lead to serious health issues when ignored.
Every February, the AVMA supports National Pet Dental Health Month to raise awareness of the need for quality oral health care for all pets.
Participate and celebrate by learning more about how you can improve your pet’s dental (and general) health.
Learn about the best dental water additives for your pets.
Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month
The stigma against black dogs and black cats has gone on for decades. Often, black dogs and cats have been neglected, surrendered to shelters, and overlooked by adopters.
Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month was started to help raise awareness about this stigma and to help our little furry friends get adopted.
Animals with lighter and brighter fur hues are more frequently adopted. The black cat and black dog syndrome does exist, but we’re on the way to helping it die down.
According to recent data research, only about 45% of all black pets are adopted. Advertisements and public awareness campaigns like this help the world see that black dogs and black cats are just as sociable, devoted, adorable, and loyal, and should be adopted.
To celebrate, you can share this research and raise awareness.
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (AKA Beat the Heat Month) + National Prevent a Litter Month
February is also a month to celebrate the Beat the Heat and National Prevent a Litter awareness campaigns. Too many animals end up in shelters and/or euthanized because of overpopulation.
Many pet owners find it challenging to take their beloved pets to the veterinarian to be spayed or neutered. The truth is spaying and neutering not only benefit our dogs but also the entire animal community as a whole.
To celebrate, you can make sure that your pets are spayed/neutered and help raise awareness on social media. Learn how you can care for your dog after spaying.
World Galgo Day – February 1
World Galgo Day honors a historic Spanish canine breed employed as traditional hunting dogs produced by Spanish aristocracy.
Galgos resemble greyhounds and are reputed to be friendly and loyal pets. Unfortunately, they are among the most mistreated dog breeds as they were developed to hunt hares or compete in coursing events.
Tens of thousands are brutally murdered or abandoned every year. This day is an effort to help raise awareness and get Galgos adopted.
You can celebrate by raising awareness and help find loving homes for retired greyhounds.
National Sled Dog Day – February 2
National Sled Dog Day is a celebrated to honor diligent sled dogs and the important work they do around the globe.
Learn about the history of sled dogs and the Yukon Quest race, or watch a movie like Eight Below or Togo.
National Brown Dog Day – February 2
National Brown Dog Day, which was established in 2021, falls on February 2 every year and serves as an essential reminder for us to appreciate every brown dog we know.
Brown dogs are common and can be found in all breeds around the world. To celebrate, you can show your appreciation to your brown dogs and every brown dog you encounter today.
National Doggy Date Night – February 3
This is a fun one, so be sure to save the date for National Doggy Date Night.
Plan ahead and spend some quality time with your dog on this night. Give them extra treats, head outdoors for some fun, play a game, or organize a playdate with other pups.
Our pets improve our lives dramatically, so a date night really is a great way to show your appreciation and love.
National Golden Retriever Day – February 3
When Kristen Shroyer discovered there was no day designated to honor this popular breed, she developed National Golden Retriever Day. She chose February 3 in honor of her late Golden, Quincy, who tragically passed away from cancer at the young age of 7.
Golden Retrievers make the perfect best buddies for any dog lover thanks to their patience, intellect, and playful nature. Additionally, they make wonderful animals for people with disabilities, such as seeing-eye dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf.
Here are 5 things you may not know about Golden Retrievers.
World Animal Reiki Day – February 5
The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) created this day to honor all animals through peace, healing, and compassion.
You can celebrate by sitting in silent Reiki meditation with your animals, volunteering for your local shelter or sanctuary, or joining an in-person or online event hosted by a SARA Member.
Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week – February 7 – 14
Dogs Deserve Better, a Virginia non-profit organization, was established in 2002 by Tammy Grimes. She founded the organization as a result of being taken into custody for freeing a chained-up dying dog.
To bring attention to the plight of abandoned dogs, Dogs Deserve Better began the Have a Heart for Chained Dogs campaign.
Dogs that are chained are frequently forgotten about and subject to abuse that can be harmful to their well-being. Dogs that are chained outside live in appalling conditions with no shelter, food, and often no access to clean water.
You can celebrate this week by spreading awareness about dog abuse and the difficulties that result from being chained. By educating people, you can encourage them to think about taking their dog inside or finding a better place for it to live.
Safety Pup Day – February 12
On February 12th, you can teach your children about important safety measures during Safety Pup Day.
The National Child Safety Council (N.C.S.C.) created this special holiday to give kids a fun and interesting approach to learn about a variety of safety topics.
You can celebrate by introducing your kids to Safetypup® and teaching them about safety using NCSC’s educational resources.
Pet Theft Awareness Day – February 14
Pet Theft Awareness Day was established in 1988 by the organization Last Chance for Animals to teach pet owners on the importance of pet identification to protect their animals from thieves.
This is a serious issue because about 2 million pets are stolen each year in the United States alone.
You can celebrate this day by spreading knowledge, microchipping your pet, and taking action to protect the safety and well-being of your pets.
National Boston Terrier Day – February 19
Boston Terriers are one of the cutest dog breeds out there. And this holiday is created to help give them more recognition and love.
Celebrate by giving your Boston Terriers extra treats and love today.
Learn more about National Boston Terrier Day here.
Love Your Pet Day – February 20
As if we need more reason to celebrate our love for our fur babies, Love Your Pet Day was created just for this.
This holiday encourages us to spend more time with our pets and give them all the love they deserve. The day promotes spoiling our dogs and highlighting the unique place they have in our lives. Learn how our dogs show love.
National Justice for Animals Week – February 19 – 25
The holiday was founded by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (A.L.D.F.) to increase public understanding of animal cruelty.
This includes learning the legal definition of animal cruelty, reporting incidents, and receiving campaigning advice.
We can all do more to enhance the lives of animals and our pets. Consider fostering or adopting abandoned animals today.
National Walk Your Dog Day – February 22
Dogs and exercise, two of life’s most joyous things, are combined on this day. We love taking walks with our four-legged friends.
To celebrate National Walking the Dog Day, grab a leash, some roadside snacks, and your best canine companion and head out for a stroll.
Learn to train your dog to walk on a leash so you enjoy it even more.
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – February 23
Dogs of all breeds wag their tails with delight on International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day when we give them store-bought or homemade dog treats to celebrate.
You already know how to celebrate this holiday, need we say more?
World Spay Day – February 28
This day was started by Doris Day in 1995 to increase public awareness of the value of spaying your pets.
It may sound harsh, but the truth is that millions of unwanted dogs and cats live on the streets or are euthanized in shelters all over the world because of neglecting to spay and neuter them.
You can celebrate by raising awareness, spaying your pets, and adopting or fostering a shelter pet today. And learn how to care for your dog after spaying.
Pet Holidays in March
Moving on to a beautiful Spring, March has loads of fun pet holidays to celebrate!
Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Every March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, which may be more significant than you think.
According to the Mayo Clinic, poisoning results from ingesting, breathing, touching, or injecting numerous medications, chemicals, venoms, gasses, or other substances.
Although it may seem like a far-off idea, most poisonings take place in homes. Take the time this month to learn about poisons and to check your home for anything that may cause harm to your pets.
National Welsh Corgi Day (UK) – March 1
Every year on March 1, we celebrate National Welsh Corgi Day. It was established by Connie Maue in 2019 to honor this loveable breed.
Don’t pass up this opportunity to celebrate little Corgis. If you have corgis, you can have a corgi party or give them extra love today.
You can also host a corgi swimming party!
Tripawd Awareness Day – March 3
To recognize three-legged warriors and angels everywhere on International Tripawd Awareness Day, this holiday was founded in 2022
The official International Tripawd Awareness Day, or “Triday,” aims to increase public understanding of limb amputation for our cherished pets.
Amputation is often the best option for improving quality of life for dogs and cats with limb malignancies, congenital problems, or injuries.
You can celebrate by raising awareness or joining events.
If Pets Had Thumbs Day – March 3
Despite the unconditional love and joy that pets bring into our lives, having no opposable thumbs can have some drawbacks.
We can consider what life would be like if our fuzzy little pals had an extra digit on March 3, National If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
So, what do you think your pets would do if they had opposable thumbs?
Professional Pet Sitters Week – March 5 – 11
Pet Sitters International came up with the idea of National Professional Pet Sitters Week in 1995. The celebration takes place during the first full week of March.
Pet sitters are recognized and thanked for the great job they do every day of the year. Pets are a part of our family. When we can’t take care of them because of work or travel, often the only option is to hire a pet sitter.
You can celebrate by giving your pet sitter a gift, or extra compensation this week.
International Akita Day – March 8
Akita Day is on March 8th. There are many enthusiastic lovers of these huge, fluffy dogs, and they certainly deserve appreciation.
You can celebrate today by giving your Akita, or any Akita you see today, extra love and hugs.
K-9 Veterans Day – March 13
K9 dogs have been around since 1942, when an organization called Dogs for Defense was started to train dogs to watch over supply depots.
The U.S. Army approved the program in March 1942, and on March 13, 1942, they started the U.S. Army K9 Corps. This day, we celebrate the patriotic dogs of the United States!
You can celebrate by adopting a retired K9, or volunteering for shelters that help retired K9s.
Pet Theft Awareness Day and Week – March 14 – 21
Pet Theft Awareness Day was started in 1988 by Last Chance for Animals to raise awareness and educate people on protecting their animals from theft.
Pet Theft Awareness Week was founded in 2013 after Angel, a German Shorthaired Pointer, was stolen.
Unfortunately, Angel was never found. But the holiday was created by Arnot Wilson, and Richard Jordan to raise awareness of Pet Theft and help find stolen pets.
You can help this important cause by educating yourself on pet theft, raising awareness, assisting victims, and microchipping your pet.
National Poison Prevention Week – March 19 – 25
Congress started Poison Prevention Week in 1961 to raise awareness and try to cut down on the number of accidental poisonings. In March 1962, when John F. Kennedy was in office, the first National Poison Prevention Week was held.
Pets can fall victim to regular household items that are poisonous for them. This week, make sure that any poisonous items are out of reach for your pets.
Dogs in Yellow Day (UK) – March 20
Sarah Jones started Dogs in Yellow Day after her dog Bella was hurt by another dog when she was a puppy. Because of this, Bella became afraid of other dogs. She was scared every time she saw another dog.
On March 20, Dogs in Yellow Day brings attention to dogs that are nervous or anxious. These furry animals need some space and love to feel less scared of their surroundings. For nervous dogs, the world of people can be very scary.
Learn how to relieve separation anxiety in dogs.
National Puppy Day – March 23
National Puppy Day, which started in 2006, is a great day for all dog lovers to celebrate unconditional love and swoon over the adorable furballs that bring so much joy into the world.
Even though we all love our four-legged friends, today is also meant to bring attention to puppy mills and encourage people who want to get a pet to consider adoption.
You can celebrate by raising awareness about puppy mills, adopting, or volunteering.
Tick Bite Prevention Week (UK) – March 24 – 30
Every year, Tick Bite Prevention Week is held from March 24 to 30. It brings to light how dangerous ticks can be for your health and your pet’s health.
For our pets, it can cause various diseases that can be fatal. And for humans, it can cause Lyme disease which usually causes fever, headaches, tiredness, and trouble thinking, all of which can last for six months or more.
Learn about the best flea and tick treatments for your pets.
National Newfoundland Dog Day (UK) – March 25
The National Newfoundland Dog Day was started by Love Newfoundland in honor of their very first Newfoundland, Jenny. Jenny was born on March 25th, 2000.
This is a great holiday to give extra love to any Newfs you might encounter today.
Find out how to celebrate Newfoundland Dog Day here.
National Terrier Day (UK) – March 27
National Terrier Day was created to celebrate Terriers all over the world. Join in the fun today and give your Terriers extra love and appreciation.
Pet Holidays in April
Heartworm Awareness Month
April is designated National Heartworm Awareness Month to educate pet owners about the fatal heartworm disease and its treatment options.
Untreated heartworm in dogs and cats can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and other organ damage, which could result in an untimely death for our pets.
To celebrate this holiday, be sure to keep your pet’s vaccines up to date. Check out the American Heartworm Society to find out more about this important health issue.
Active Dog Month
Om Shanti Pups established this holiday back in 2018. Enjoying spring and being active with your furry best buddy are a priority. It’s a fun motivator to get moving more and shake off the winter blues with your four-legged pals.
After spending the entire winter in the cold, we all start to get a little fatigued. April is the ideal month to get outside because of the milder weather.
You can celebrate with activities like jogging, camping, traveling, and more.
National Adopt a Greyhound Month
The Greyhound Project established this special month-long celebration to encourage the adoption of greyhounds.
Greyhounds are typically bred for racing and have a different life than a family dog. These greyhounds are kept in kennels and fed high-performance for racing.
When they are too old to compete their breeders ‘retire’ them, and they are typically abandoned or surrendered to a shelter.
You can celebrate this day by spreading the word on social media, considering adopting a greyhound, or informing people about the cruelty that these smart dogs endure.
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness is devoted to educating pet owners and animal lovers about pet injuries and offering immediate care in the event of injuries.
Accidents do happen. And we don’t know when they will happen. Being prepared for emergency situations can save your pets’ lives.
You can celebrate this day by learning pet first aid, maintaining a first aid kit at all times, and spreading awareness.
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
The Lyme Disease Foundation established Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month as an annual campaign. It aims to raise awareness of the prevention, detection, and treatment of Lyme disease in dogs over the entire month of April.
To celebrate, you can give your pets a checkup, spread awareness, and be especially watchful of where your dogs go when you take them on a walk.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
The National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals campaign was first launched by the ASPCA in 2006 as a month-long initiative.
No matter how far society has come, if it still tolerates animal abuse and cruelty, then there is still something that needs to be done. Animal cruelty is still common and all too frequent.
To celebrate, you can spread the word, adopt a pet from a nearby shelter, volunteer at an animal shelter, and lend your support to anti-cruelty to animal campaigns.
International Pooper Scooper Week – April 1 – 7
Our dogs are thought to produce about 4.4 billion pounds of trash annually, according to the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws).
This is why it’s important to teach pet owners how important it is to pick up after their pets. Be sure to always pick up after your dog, and help raise awareness for this campaign to keep it clean.
National Raw Feeding Week – April 1 – 7
National Raw Feeding Week is a free online event that is open to pet owners anywhere. The goal of raw feeding is to provide our dogs with a diet similar to their ancestors.
To provide our dogs with exactly what their bodies require, this entails offering food suitable for their species. The benefits include healthy skin and a lustrous coat, a healthy digestive system, fewer allergies, a better immune system, and much more.
You can celebrate by taking part in the Raw Feeding Week virtual events.
International Bull Terrier Day – April 1
Although April 1st may be best known for practical jokes, many dog enthusiasts also use the day to honor the Bull Terrier.
You can show extra affection to any bull terriers you come across today in observance of International Bull Terrier Day. Use social media to spread the word with pics of your favorite Bull Terrier.
Check out some fun ways to celebrate Bull Terrier Day.
Every Day is Tag Day? – April 1
“Every Day is Tag Day” was founded by American Humane and is a yearly event that takes place on the first Saturday in April.
The holiday brings together thousands of animal care and control groups, vets, and humane organizations with the aim of encouraging pet owners to give their animals ID tags and/or microchips to increase the likelihood of their safe return in the event that they wander or become lost.
To celebrate, you can make sure that your pets are tagged, and that your details on their tags are updated, and also help raise awareness where you can.
World Stray Animals Day – April 4
There are around 70 million stray companion animals in the United States alone. World Stray Animals Day puts a spotlight on these frequently overlooked animals in an effort to spread awareness of these alarming figures.
You can celebrate by raising awareness, helping shelters and nonprofits who support strays, adopting instead of buying pets, fostering stray animals, and more.
National Pet Health Insurance Day – April 7
Every year on April 7, National Pet Health Insurance Day is honored to encourage people to insure their pets for accidental injury and health conditions.
You can celebrate by making sure that your pets are insured, and raising awareness for others.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day – April 8
The 8th of April has been designated as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day since 2014. Dog fighting should be banned worldwide.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals established this day as part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April to raise awareness of dog fighting and to inspire people to take action against it.
Dogs are trained to kill or seriously injure their opponents during these games. Sadly, it is common for these so-called ‘dog owners’ to leave fighter dogs behind when they lose a match.
You can celebrate by raising awareness, supporting campaigns against dog fighting and animal abuse.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week® – April 9 – 15
Every year, millions of people, mostly children, are bitten by dogs. However, the majority of dog bites can be avoided.
Even friendly, well-trained dogs can bite when provoked. It’s your responsibility as a pet owner to take every precaution to avoid dog bites.
Taking place the second full week in April, this is a project of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition which implores us to safeguard both dogs and kids by engaging in responsible pet ownership.
Ensure you always have full awareness and control of your dog when around children, and in public environments. You should always use a leash for your dog when out walking, and help raise awareness about being a responsible pet owner.
Learn more about why dogs bite children and how to stop it.
Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week – April 9 – 15
National Animal Care and Control Association sponsors this annual celebration. It’s a holiday that strives to give animal control officers and staff the support and inspiration they need to acknowledge and celebrate their selfless efforts.
These animal service volunteers are willing to work around the clock, no matter how late at night or how dangerous the circumstance.
You can raise awareness and money for animal care and control organizations while also expressing your gratitude to animal control officers to celebrate this week.
National Hug Your Dog Day – April 10
There is a specific day set out solely for giving hugs to dogs because they deserve all the love and devotion. It’s called National Hug Your Dog Day.
The hormone “oxytocin,” sometimes known as “the cuddle hormone,” is released when you give your dog a hug. A good, tight squeeze not only deepens your connection but also demonstrates your love for your pet.
Not all dogs like hugs, but if your’s does you can celebrate by giving them lots of extra hugs today!
National Pet Day – April 11
Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate and pet lifestyle expert, launched National Pet Day in 2006 to honor the joy that pets add to our lives and to raise awareness for the many animals waiting for a forever home in shelters and rescues all over the world.
You can celebrate by supporting animal charities and shelters, adopting or fostering a pet, or giving your pets extra love today.
Dog Therapy Appreciation Day – April 11
Every April 11th, we honor dogs who provide humans with comfort and support as therapy dogs.
These dogs typically start off as pets before receiving special training to become a therapy dog. Everyone enjoys being around dogs, therefore on this day, we give them thanks for brightening our days.
You can celebrate by supporting animal charities that help train and support therapy dogs.
National Pet ID Week – April 17 – 23
On April 17, National Pet ID Week begins. It provides a wonderful opportunity for pet owners to make sure their pet has the highest chance of being found in the event of becoming lost.
You can celebrate by keeping your pets’ ID updated.
Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week – April 17 – 23
The third full week of April each year is designated as Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week in the United Kingdom.
This week’s focus is on raising awareness of the relationship between the terrible treatment of animals and violence against people.
This week starts a necessary dialogue about how these actions are unjustified and immoral. Both human and animal aggression are heinous crimes with a relationship that frequently goes overlooked.
Spend some time this week to educate yourself about this important issue and help raise awareness. Do what you can to support organizations who advocate this cause like the ASPCA.
Pet Owners Independence Day – April 18
The 18th of April is designated as Pet Owners Independence Day each year. Pet owners are encouraged to relax at home on this day while sending their pets out to work for them.
Although the concept has obvious practical limitations, it is a fascinating mental experiment for pet owners who are overworked and in need of a break.
Instead of sending your pup to your workplace, which your boss probably won’t appreciate, you could take some time to celebrate yourself and all you do for your pets.
Dog Parent Appreciation Day – April 19
Every year on April 19, National Dog Parent Appreciation Day is devoted to all the amazing, diligent dog parents that raise their puppies with the utmost love and care.
Being a dog parent is one of life’s greatest joys, but it is also a time-consuming, meticulous work that requires a lot of effort and patience.
Celebrate this day by showing appreciation to all the fur parents out there, including yourself!
Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day – April 21
Every year on April 21, we celebrate the beauty of bulldogs. This occasion offers bulldog owners a chance to spoil and adore their adorable pups.
Bulldogs can have a bit of a bad rep, but that has to stop. They are among the sweetest and gentlest dog breeds.
Here are six things you didn’t know about bulldogs.
National Pet CBD Day – April 21
This holiday was started by David Louvet and Matt Terrill, founders of Innovet Pet Products. They started their own brand of CBD pet products as a solution to their own pets’ health conditions.
They chose this day to highlight the benefits of CBD to pets and to celebrate all the pets who have lived their best life thanks to CBD oil treatments.
Find out more about their story here.
National Beagle Day – April 22
Beagles were bred to hunt, but they’re now the most popular of pets. National Beagle Day was created to honor these beautiful pups.
Find out some interesting things about Beagles here and celebrate by giving your beagles extra love today!
National Lost Dog Awareness Day – April 23
National Lost Dog Awareness Day celebrates reunions and raises awareness about missing dogs.
Many missing dogs are reunited with their families through shelters, vets, social media, and other ways.
This day offers preventive and networking opportunities to prevent your pet from running off or getting lost. Find out more at Lost Dogs of America.
You can celebrate today by raising awareness and helping animal charities in need.
Pet Tech CPR Day – April 23
We encourage every pet owner to learn pet CPR, first aid, and health care in observance of Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
You can have a direct impact on the survival of your furry family members.
Find out more about pet CPR by visiting Pet Tech.
International Guide Dog Day – April 26
The annual International Guide Dog Day is sponsored by Guide Dogs of America, which was established more than 70 years ago. This holiday honors the canines who perform this great service.
People who are legally blind have more options for social contact and independence thanks to guide dogs. While providing affection and comfort in a variety of ways, guide dogs assist the blind and visually impaired in navigating the world safely.
You can celebrate by supporting charities that help guide dogs.
National Kids and Pets Day – April 26
Colleen Paige, a celebrity family and pet lifestyle expert, mother, animal lover, and former EMT/Medic, founded this special day in 2005.
The purpose of National Kids & Pets Day is to promote the special relationship that exists between kids and animals, to raise awareness of the predicament of animals waiting in shelters, and to inform people about how to keep kids and pets safe.
If you are looking for a new dog for your family, check out the top 10 dog breeds that are perfect for kids.
World Veterinary Day – April 29
The final Saturday in April is World Veterinary Day. It’s a day to honor the important work that veterinarians do for our pets.
In addition to honoring the profession’s contribution to the health and well-being of animals, people, and communities all across the world, this day offers acknowledgment to individuals who have dedicated their lives to assisting animals.
You can celebrate by showing your appreciation to your vets. Learn how you can find the best vet for your fur baby.
National Pet Parents Day – April 30
Veterinary Pet Insurance recognizes the last Sunday in April as National Pet Parents Day. Inspired by many of their policyholders including their pets as part of the family, they created this day to honor responsible pet owners and their animal children.
To celebrate, you can buy your pet a new toy, drive them to the dog park, or spend the day making sure they are healthy and happy.
Adopt a Shelter Pet Day – April 30
Every year on April 30, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day brings attention to the many animals in shelters that are awaiting (and in need of) adoption.
Assistance is needed year-round for animal shelters, and adoption is an important step. Animals are brought in on a regular basis and shelters must act quickly to ensure they can be adopted into a permanent home.
You can celebrate by finding a new furry friend from a local shelter, or by visiting a shelter nearby. If you’re not looking to adopt yet, you can foster a shelter pet, or support one of these amazing charities.
National Therapy Animal Day – April 30
The American charity group Pet Partners, which specializes in therapy animals, established National Therapy Animal Day to promote the advantages of animal-assisted therapy, activities, and education for health and wellness.
Using animals to assist humans in coping with and recovering from certain physical and mental health disorders is known as animal therapy or pet therapy. People can select from a variety of animals, such as dogs, horses, and birds, depending on the purpose of the therapy.
You can celebrate by spreading the word about these important animals and supporting the organizations who train them.
International Search and Rescue Dog Day – April 30
International Search and Rescue Dog Day was established in 2008 by the International Search and Rescue Dog Organization. It is observed on the last Sunday in April each year.
Dogs are utilized in search and rescue efforts because they have a 10,000-fold stronger sense of smell than humans, which helps them save lives in urban areas during earthquakes, bombings, and other major disasters.
Help raise awareness and support these hard working pups today.
Pet Holidays in May
National Pet Month
National Pet Month is observed in May in the United States (or April if you are in the UK). It’s just a great and fun way to acknowledge the value of pets in our lives.
To celebrate, you can give your pets extra treats, love and hugs today. Share your best pics on socials.
PSI’s Pet Sitter Safety Month?
Pet Sitters International established Pet Sitter Safety Month in 2017 to encourage pet sitters to ensure both the safety and well-being of themselves and their pets.
This annual holiday and campaign are important given that the booming industry necessitates the right training, tools, and safety precautions.
They provide plenty of safety tips and resources for professional pet sitters and dog walkers to assist them in looking after our pets.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
Every year in May, we celebrate the Responsible Animal Guardian Month. The group In Defense of Animals, or I.D.A., founded this month to promote animal protection and to remind pet owners of their duty to ensure the safety and welfare of these animals.
Your fur babies need a lot of love and attention at all times. Take some time to learn a little about raising pets this month if you’re new to being a pet parent.
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (A.C.V.O.) established May as National Service Dog Eye Examination Month back in 2008.
Service animals can receive complimentary eye exams at this event. The objective is to assist service animals’ good eye health and offer as many free eye tests as possible. Approximately 7,000 to 8,000 eye tests are carried out each May.
You can celebrate by spreading awareness, getting your service dog vetted, and contributing to organizations that support service dogs.
Chip Your Pet Month
The annual Chip Your Pet Month is celebrated in May. In the USA alone, around 10 million pets are lost every year; many of these pets wind up in animal shelters. Without microchips, just 15% of dogs and 2% of cats are reunited with their owners.
The purpose of Chip Your Pet Month is to motivate you and all pet owners to microchip your pets so that, in the event that they go missing, they can be quickly located and returned back to your home.
Celebrate this holiday by microchipping your pet if you haven’t yet. You can also double check the data on your pet’s microchip to see if it’s updated.
Lastly, you can celebrate by helping raise awareness, and encouraging your furparent friends to microchip their pets too.
National Purebred Dog Day – May 1
National Purebred Dog Day was created by writer Susi Szeremy in 2013 to encourage responsible dog ownership and give purebred dog owners a voice in the pet community.
Szeremy believes that all dogs should be valued and that pure dog breeds are a living legacy that should be preserved.
One of the best ways to celebrate is to learn about the different dog breeds and what they were bred for.
International Day of the Podenco – May 1
The Day of the Podenco was created by SOS Podenco Rescue, however it goes without saying that the concept behind the day extends beyond the dogs they have saved. Anyone, anywhere who loves these magnificent dogs, should celebrate this holiday every May 1st.
You can celebrate by raising awareness for Podencos, and their horrible experiences so we can all make a change together. Support the SOS Podenco Rescue, too.
International Samoyed Day – May 1
To recognize the resilient and strong Samoyed dog breed, International Samoyed Day was established.
Sammies are incredibly efficient and stunningly beautiful, with thick, all-white coats that are resistant to cold.
Even Sammies’ most endearing trait, an unceasing smile, serves a purpose. The mouth’s upturned corners stop Sammies from drooling, which stops icicles from growing on their faces.
Celebrate by giving Samoyeds extra love and treats today. Also, don’t forget to raise awareness for this wonderful breed.
Dog Anxiety Awareness Week – May 1 – 7
Dog behaviorists, dog owners, and dog lovers gather together during the first week of May to brainstorm ways to deal with dogs’ anxiety and to create guides that can assist other dog parents.
Celebrate by raising awareness, and educate yourself and other fur parents to look for the signs of anxiety in dogs. Learn how to wrap your dog for anxiety here.
National Specially-abled Pets Day – May 3
Every year on May 3, National Specially-abled Pets Day draws attention to the need of animals who are disabled.
This day is to raise awareness of how to care for pets with disabilities. It is dedicated to disabled or specially-abled animals in need of a home. It also encourages animal lovers to think about getting a disabled animal when they want to add a new pet to their household.
Pets with disabilities need special attention and accommodations, but they nevertheless bring a lot of love and happiness into a family. To celebrate, you can help by raising awareness for specially-abled pets.
Learn how Joey’s Paw is helping dogs with special needs become mobile again.
Mayday for Mutts – May 7
A unique holiday called Mayday for Mutts is observed on the first Sunday in May to show support and compassion for mixed-breed dogs.
To find homes for more of these wonderful creatures, the day promotes the adoption of Mutts from animal shelters.
You can participate in a local Mayday for Mutts event, raise awareness, foster or adopt a mixed-breed dog, and share pictures of your mutts online to celebrate.
Find out if mixed-breeds dogs are healthier than pure-breds.
National Pet Week – May 7 – 13
Every day of the year, National Pet Week® promotes responsible pet ownership while honoring the impact that pets make to our lives.
It was established by the AVMA and the Auxiliary to the AVMA in 1981 and is celebrated every year during the first full week of May.
This week is a good time to examine your pet’s health in order to maintain a fruitful and long-lasting relationship.
American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week – May 7 – 13
American Humane Association first observed Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915. No matter where in the world they lived, men and women have lived side by side with animals throughout history.
The goal of Be Kind to Animals Week has been the same for more than 100 years: to encourage kindness toward animals at all times and in all places.
Celebrate by treating animals with kindness every day. Learn more about this holiday here.
Puppy Mill Action Week – May 7 – 13
Puppy mills are cruel, high-volume dog breeding operations that breed puppies at an appalling rate while being oblivious to the needs of the puppies and their moms. This is why every year, Puppy Mill Action Week is held.
Puppies from puppy mills are frequently sickly and poorly socialized. Internet sales, online classified ads, flea markets, and pet shops are prominent outlets for puppy mill sales. In reality, puppy mills produce the vast majority of puppies sold in pet shops and online.
To celebrate, you can help raise awareness against puppy mills, adopt instead of buying from pet shops. If you must buy, be sure to buy only from responsible breeders.
Learn more about the problems with Puppy Mills here.
Catahoula Leopard Dog Day – May 8
The annual Catahoula Leopard Dog Day is observed on May 8. Louisiana’s official state canine is the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.
In recognition of this breed’s birthplace, the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana, the word Catahoula was included in the breed name.
Raising awareness will help you give Catahoula Leopard Dogs the respect and love they so well deserve.
National German Shepherd Day – May 10
The German Shepherd Day started in 2011, and is celebrated on May 10 every year. It was founded by Ingrid Birch as a tribute to her German Shepherd, Peter George de Corban who passed away at the age of 9.
The purpose is to honor this beautiful and noble breed. It’s the perfect holiday for dog and GSD lovers all over the world.
Celebrate with your German Shepherd today and every day.
National Dog Mom’s Day – May 13
The second Saturday in May is designated as National Dog Mom’s Day, a time for all fur moms everywhere to honor their unique brand of motherhood.
To celebrate, consider giving a fur mom some cool gifts for her and her dog. If you are a dog mom, prepare to be pampered today!
International Chihuahua Appreciation Day – May 14
Every year on May 14, people all around the world observe International Chihuahua Appreciation Day.
The holiday was created in 2020 when Nadia Alterio, a fitness enthusiast and former Miss British Columbia, declared on her blog that May 14th, which also happened to be her own Chihuahua Teaka’s birthday, would now be observed as International Chihuahua Appreciation Day.
The purpose of International Chihuahua Appreciation Day is to honor the tiniest breed of dog in the world, the chihuahua.
Make sure to shower your Chihuahuas with extra affection and treats today and every day in honor of the occasion.
FEMA National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – May 14
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes every second Sunday of May as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. This day has been reserved to encourage animal disaster preparedness and how to care for animals in emergency situations.
In an emergency, you will be responsible for the protection and welfare of your pets. Your disaster preparedness preparations must take your pets into account.
To celebrate, learn various techniques on this day to keep your beloved pets secure in the event of a catastrophe.
National Rescue Dog Day – May 20
Lisa Wiehebrink created National Rescue Dog Day, which takes place on May 20 each year.
Millions of animals, particularly dogs, are left behind by their owners each year and wind up on the streets. Many of these creatures are used to living indoors which makes it challenging for them to survive on their own in the outside world.
To celebrate, you can help by raising awareness and considering adopting a rescue dog. Check out our Charity Spotlight to support organizations like the Animal Rescue Foundation that rescue strays and finds them a home.
International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day – May 28
Every year on the last Sunday in May, there is a holiday called International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day. The event, which began with gatherings in Melbourne, Australia, has since extended throughout the world.
In honor of the event, be sure to give your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels some special attention today and every day.
National Dog-Friendly Day (UK) – May 29
It’s National Dog-Friendly Day, the ideal time to show your support for all the establishments that welcome our four-legged friends.
Right now, this day is primarily observed in the UK, but we hope it spreads to other countries as well.
Make sure to support your local businesses that welcome pets to help celebrate this day. You can also help raise awareness for this holiday by spreading the word.
Pet Holidays in June
June is a great month with a bunch of pet holidays that mostly revolve around animal safety, responsible pet ownership, and pet appreciation.
National Foster a Pet Month
Every year in June, National Foster a Pet Month is celebrated. People who foster animals all across the world spend this month raising awareness about the importance of fostering and how to get started.
Fostering is important because it offers a temporary solution for shelters that are already at overload. Many shelters will put down animals under their care if they can’t find them a home.
Even when they are perfectly healthy and adoptable, animals are frequently euthanized because a shelter is out of space and they haven’t been adopted quickly enough.
Celebrate this holiday by helping to raise awareness about high-kill shelters and the importance of fostering. You can also consider fostering animals in need, or even adopting.
National Pet Preparedness Month
June is also National Pet Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to pet owners to create emergency plans for their four-legged pals so that they can survive emergencies safely.
As pet owners, we must be ready to evacuate our fur babies with the supplies they need. Our pets are impacted in natural and man-made disasters just as much as we are.
Be sure to educate yourself on how to be prepared for all types of emergencies.
National Microchipping Month
Keeping the safety of our pets as a focus for June we have National Microchip Month. This is a reminder to make sure your pets are safely implanted with an ID chip so they can be found if they go missing.
Everyone is aware of how easy it is to lose track of your fur baby, and that is a scary thought. By promoting microchipping, this month-long holiday hopes to lessen the anxiety and stress that pet owners might experience if their pets go missing.
Microchip your pets if they aren’t already, and if they are, check the microchip data is up to date.
Social PETworking Month
Social PETworking Month is one of the best awareness campaigns in June. The goal is for everyone to help stray and shelter animals find their furever homes.
You can share pets that are available for adoption, donate or volunteer at shelters, and encourage your loved ones to become involved with the campaign. These are just some of the ways you can celebrate.
You can also post everyday throughout the whole month and share pets that are available for adoption in your area. You check out our Animal Charity Spotlight to find shelters and foundations near you.
International Sheltie Day – June 1
International Sheltie Day, observed on June 1st, honors the Shetland Sheepdog breed of herding dogs. Shelties are bright, loving, and sensitive dogs that make ideal family pets.
This resilient breed, which has adapted to survive in the harsh environment of its native islands, has served as a guard dog for farms in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland for decades.
Celebrate by raising awareness for Shelties, and by giving Shelties you encounter today extra treats and love.
National Greyhound Day – June 2
Some of the most affectionate and resilient dogs are greyhounds. They also make wonderful household pets.
The Greyhound has raced into the hearts of everyone who has been fortunate enough to welcome a member of the breed into their house. They can sprint at a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.
The second of June is devoted to all Greyhounds worldwide. To celebrate, you can help raise awareness for Greyhounds, or help find loving homes for retired Greyhounds.
Pet Appreciation Week – June 4 – 10
The American Veterinary Medical Association created Pet Appreciation Week in 1981. It intended to increase public understanding of how valuable pets can be in our daily lives.
In recent years, pet owners have celebrated and appreciated their pets on various social media platforms by using the hashtag #NationalPetWeek.
To celebrate this day, spread the word about pet care and health-related issues.
Here are 6 ways to keep your dog happy and healthy.
International Corgi Day – June 4
The Omaha Corgi Crew commemorated the first International Corgi Day in December 2011. It began as a passion project for four friends who wanted to increase awareness of Corgis. Today, the group promotes the adoption and rescue of Corgis and other dogs.
International Corgi Day’s major goal is to promote love and awareness for this adorable dog breed. Rescuing and rehoming Corgis that have been left behind by their owners is a priority.
National Dog Bite Awareness Week – Second Week of June
USPS established National Dog Bite Awareness Week with the aim to prevent dog bites on mail carriers.
During the week-long campaign, dog owners are educated and given advice on how to keep mail carriers safe while they make their rounds.
Use the hashtag #dogbiteawareness to promote the campaign to raise awareness of dog bites.
National Best Friends Day – June 8
Sometimes, our best friends can come with four legs and a tail. And this National Best Friends Day, you can celebrate with your fur baby and your human BFF too.
Find some fun games to play with your dog inside, or take them out for a walk in the park.
Just One Day No Kill Campaign – June 11
June 11 may be just another day to some, but to animal lovers and enthusiasts worldwide, it is Just One Day. A day that can impact tens of thousands of animal lives.
Every June 11, the No Kill Advocacy Center asks high-kill shelters to put down their syringes, and pick up a camera instead. Instead of putting animals down, they can post a photo of them on social media and help raise awareness.
Just One Day can make a difference, and celebrating it can save lives. Raise awareness by sharing on social media using #JustOneDay.
National Pet Wedding Week – June 12 – 18
Every year, the second week of June is recognized as National Pet Wedding Week, recognized by the National Pet Association of Ceremonies™.
This week encourages the bond between pets by honoring their union so that they can spend their lives together.
Our pets deserve their own ‘happily ever after’ too. You can have some fun with this one preparing and enjoying your pet wedding this week.
Peruvian Hairless Dog Day – June 12
Every June 12th in Peru, they celebrate the anniversary of Peruvian Hairless Dog Day. These beautiful dogs are some of the most loving and adorable dogs.
We think it’s about time that the whole world celebrates this adorable breed, don’t you?
World Pet Memorial Day – June 13
Every second Tuesday in June, World Pet Memorial Day gives pet owners a chance to honor their departed furry friends. Additionally, it is a day to show kindness to someone who has just lost a dear pet.
Pet owners who have lost a furry friend are encouraged to take some time on this day to remember them.
Veterinary Appreciation Day – June 18
The day of June 18th has been recognized as Veterinary Appreciation Day by Trupanion since 2015.
This day is celebrated in recognition of their tireless efforts and commitment to animal care. The front desk employees as well as those working in the exam room are recognized during this day, too.
After all, all of these experts help to take care of our beloved fur babies. Celebrate by making sure your vet and the staff at your vet clinic feel appreciated today.
Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 19 – 25
Every year, the third week of June is dedicated to raising awareness for animal rights. The In Defense of Animals organization created and first celebrated this week in 1991.
It is celebrated annually to increase public awareness of issues with animal rights around the world and to defend creatures that have been abused and neglected by humans for thousands of years.
This week promotes understanding of animal welfare issues and the best ways to treat and care for animals.
Celebrate by raising awareness about animal testing, puppy mills, and cruelty to animals, among others.
You can also donate or lend your support to organizations who advocate for animal rights, like In Defence of Animals and the ASPCA.
Take Your Pet To Work Week® – June 19 – 23
In 1996, Pet Sitters International came to the conclusion that far too many individuals were leaving their animals unattended while they went about their daily lives.
Because of this, Take Your Pet To Work Week® was born. It’s a fun week filled with love and joy in the workplace. But make sure you get permission first!
National Dog Dad Day – June 17
In June 2021, Ashley Bercaw established National Dog Dad Day. Celebrated on the day before Father’s Day for all the dads out there who look after their pups and deserve to be celebrated on this lovely day.
It’s time to honor all the dog dads out there! Celebrate all of the men who treat their dogs as if they were their kids.
National Pets in Film Day – June 19
We all know that our pets are superstars. But there are some dogs out there that are Hollywood stars! Every year on June 19th, we celebrate the adorable dogs who have starred in films.
Celebrate by watching a dog film or two today, and read about the most famous dogs in history.
Ugliest Dog Day – June 20
Ugliest Dog Day honors the fur babies out there with faces that only a mother could love. Although we know that there is no such thing as an “ugly” dog, this holiday is a celebration of the fur babies who are facially challenged.
Celebrate by grabbing your favorite dog and giving them a special cuddle today. Then, as you go about your day, say hello to all the dogs, both attractive and not-so-attractive.
National Dog Party Day – June 21
The National Dog Party Day was established in 2011 by pet safety expert Arden Moore. This holiday is to simply celebrate with your dog.
Throw a party for your furry family members today and enjoy the celebration!
National Dachshund Day – June 21
As the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, June 21 is recognized as National Dachshund Day. And since Doxies are the longest breed of dog relative to their size, it makes sense that we’d honor them on this day.
Celebrate by raising awareness for this day, and giving your Doxies extra love and treats today. Check out these 10 things you didn’t know about your Doxies.
Take Your Dog to Work Day® – June 23
The National Take Your Dog to Work Day® originated from PSI’s Take Your Pet to Work Week®, and is always on the Friday following Father’s Day.
First celebrated in 1999, it has turned into everyone’s favorite working day. Today, celebrate by bringing your dog to work.
You can find plenty of tips, ideas, and a toolkit at Pet Sitter’s International.
World Day Against Pet Abandonment – June 24
World Day Against Pet Abandonment was established on June 29 by the French organization Solidarité Peuple Animal. It’s not a coincidence that it falls on this Saturday, when thousands of people across Europe take vacations.
Each year, more than 100,000 animals are abandoned all over the world. This day was created to help raise awareness against pet abandonment and promote responsible pet ownership.
Celebrate by raising awareness, and helping a charity like the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Pet Holidays in July
July 4th is one of the scariest holidays for our pets. All the loud fireworks create an uneasy feeling, and sometimes anxiety for our pets.
Fortunately, there are also a lot of pet holidays in July to make up for this.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month
American Humane estimates that around 10 million pets are lost each year. Many of which end up in shelters and never find their way home again.
Lost Pet Prevention Month lasts all throughout July as a way to raise awareness about lost pets and what we can do to prevent our pets getting lost in the first place.
You can prevent your pets from getting lost by:
- Keeping them inside during storms and fireworks.
- Making sure your home is fully pet-proof.
- Ensuring your yard is fully enclosed.
- Keeping them on a leash when outside your home.
You should also microchip them, register them with your local authorities, and get them a personalized ID tag with their name, your phone number, or the microchip ID on it so your pet can easily be returned to you if they do go missing.
You can also find plenty of additional resources for Lost Pet Prevention Month at PetHub.
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
For many in the Northern Hemisphere, July is one of the hottest summer months. We need to remember our fur babies in hotter weather and keep them cool and hydrated.
All throughout July, we celebrate National Pet Hydration Awareness Month to bring awareness to our pets needs during hotter weather.
Just like with us, dehydration poses significant health risks for our pets, and we should pay particular attention to their hydration needs when it’s hot out.
Prevent your pets from getting dehydrated by giving them access to fresh, clean water at all times.
Check their water bowl regularly throughout the day and make sure it is clean and full. And ensure they are sheltered from the hot sun.
Look out for signs of dehydration, like panting, dry nose, sunken eyes, and lethargy. If you see any of these signs make sure you get your dog out of the heat and hydrate them.
Seek medical help if your dog’s symptoms don’t improve after giving them fresh water.
Find out how long dogs can live without water.
Dog House Repair Month
Another pet holiday that’s celebrated all throughout July is Dog House Repair Month. It is the perfect month to check if your dog’s house is still in top-notch condition.
And if it isn’t, it’s time to get those tools out, and make any necessary upgrades and repairs. Remember, summertime can be tough for our pets so they need adequate shelter at all times.
If your dog lives outdoors, then you must make sure that their dog house can give them safe, comfortable, and cool housing to shelter from the heat.
Learn more about how dog houses keep your dog cool in summer.
National ID Your Pet Day – July 1
National ID Your Pet Day was started by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to encourage pet owners to ensure that their pets can be identified if they get lost.
As you gear up for the 4th of July festivities, don’t forget about your furry friends. More pets go missing at this time of year due to loud celebrations and fireworks.
Use this day as a reminder to keep your pets’ identification information up-to-date to ensure you can be quickly reunited with your lost pet should they go missing.
International Whippet Day – July 4
Mark your calendars for July 4th, the day when we celebrate International Whippet Day.
Created by El Diario de Gala, this special day is dedicated to honoring Whippets from all corners of the globe.
You can celebrate by raising awareness for Whippets, and encouraging other pet owners to be more responsible.
All-American Pet Photo Day – July 11
If you ever need a reason to flex your fur babies’ adorable photos online, July 11th is the perfect day. It’s a day solely dedicated to showing our appreciation for our adorable pets.
There are plenty of ways you can celebrate this holiday with your dog, including dressing them up for a photoshoot, creating a collage of photos, or videoing them doing something adorable.
Share a photo of your fur baby on our Facebook page.
National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15
Every year, home fires affect around 500,000 pets in the United States alone.
As a result, “National Pet Fire Safety Day” has been established by The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services.
It is a holiday to raise awareness of the risks our furry family members may face when left alone at home and to teach pets about these concerns.
To safeguard the safety of your pets, you should educate yourself with the necessary preventative measures and have a fire safety plan in place that includes your pets.
Learn how to keep your pets safe from home fires with the tips in this video.
No Pet Store Puppies Day – July 21
Puppy mills are a concern all around the world. especially because they threaten animal abuse.
No Pet Store Puppies Day is observed to spread awareness of what occurs in puppy mills and to educate people to adopt a pet instead of purchasing from pet stores that sell puppies from these places.
Best Friends Animal Society needs your help to reach their “No Kill 2025” goal. Learn how you can be a part of it by helping Best Friends any way you can.
National Craft for your Local Shelters Day – July 21
In 2012, National Craft for your Local Shelters Day was created as a way for people to show their support for nearby shelters without having to adopt a pet or donate money.
Shelters are in constant need of resources, and many of these can be found right in our own homes.
This holiday is the perfect holiday to get crafty and create some fun and useful items for our furry friends at the shelter.
AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day – July 22
The American Animal Hospital Association created the AAHA-accredited Hospital Day to be celebrated every July 22nd of the year.
This day serves as a reminder to pet owners to recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of veterinary teams in providing the highest quality care for their furry family members.
Pet owners can celebrate AAHA-accredited Hospital Day by thanking their vets for their hard work and dedication to pet care. You might thank them with a nice gift, a meaningful note, or a visit
National Feed a Rescue Pet Week – July 23 – 29
As we all know, most animal shelters and rescue centers rely on donations to help cover their expenses. And one of their greatest expenses is pet food.
Started by Greater Good Charities, July 27 to August 3 of every year is dedicated to celebrating National Feed a Rescue Pet Week.
It helps raise awareness for the countless animal rescue shelters that are in need of donations so they can help as many pets as possible.
To celebrate this week you can give to Greater Good to help their cause, or you can find a way to donate food or money to your local shelter.
Here are some of the best dog charities you can help.
National Dog Photography Day – July 26
Kerry Jordan, the founder of Fur and Fables, established National Dog Photography Day in 2018 with the aim of promoting the art of dog photography and encouraging dog owners to share their passion for their dogs through social media.
The holiday provides you with an excellent opportunity to show off your fur babies, and capture their unique personalities and expressions.
You can celebrate the occasion by posting photos of your dogs with the hashtag #NationalDogPhotographyDay.
National Mutt Day – July 31
Last but not least, we honor our lovely Mutts at the end of every July. Our mixed-breed pups are honored on National Mutt Day.
The Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, developed this holiday, which was first observed in 2005.
Every year on July 31 and on December 2, National Mutt Day is observed. It’s a wonderful occasion for us to honor mixed-breed canines.
Due to puppy mill over-breeding, mutts are typically the dogs that are most often abandoned and put to death.
The public’s desire for designer dogs and purebred puppies, which are typically offered in pet stores, is another factor.
As a result, these animals are often abandoned in shelters or even left on the streets to fend for themselves. Mutts also frequently end up in high-kill shelters where they are put to death.
National Mutt Day promotes awareness in an effort to stop such incidents.
So today, you can visit your local shelter and provide help, a small donation, or even adopt your own loveable Mutt to take home.
Also find out more about how mixed-breeds are healthier than purebreds.
Pet Holidays in August
August is a month of tributes to shelter and homeless animals. There’s a reminder to get your dog microchipped. We also honor some of our favorite dog breeds in August.
National Dog Month
A whole month just to celebrate our fur babies? Why not?
National Dog Month is an annual, month-long celebration of our dogs. It was founded by Milk-Bone in 2020 to help recognize all of the amazing things our dog’s do to make our lives more fun and meaningful.
You can celebrate with your pup all month long. Shower them with extra love and treats, take them on outdoor adventures, and enjoy cooling off with a swim in the pool or at the beach.
Itchy Pet Awareness Month
It’s Itchy Pet Awareness Month for the whole of August.
This holiday was created to help promote good skin health for your pets. It also helps raise awareness to allergic skin diseases for our dogs so they can get the help they need.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of allergic itch for our fur babies that you should look out for:
- licking, scratching, and biting frequently
- excessive hair loss
- excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
- smelly body odor
- skin redness
- greasy skin or scabs
- and recurrent ear problems.
If you notice any of these symptoms frequently, be sure to visit your vet.
To learn more about Itchy Pet Awareness Month and how you can do your part.
Another month-long observance this month is Rawgust. This holiday started in 2010, when an unsung celebrity called for a campaign to show the importance of avoiding processed food.
This is not just for pets, but for us humans as well.
It brings awareness to how much processed food we consume, and the dangers to our overall health. It also helps us gradually transition to organic whole foods which are healthier for us and our pets.
Watch this video below to know more about a healthy, raw diet for your fur babies.
Clear the Shelters Month
August is also Clear the Shelters Month. Clear The Shelters started in 2015 as a pet adoption campaign that has helped more than half a million pets worldwide find new homes.
It is a joint effort between all animal shelters to raise awareness around pet adoption and clearing out the shelters.
This helps shelter dogs find loving homes through pet adoption and donation campaigns.
You can do your part by advocating the holiday, fostering, adopting, or donating to your local shelters.
Learn more about Clear the Shelters Month.
DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs – August 1
DOGust 1st is a time to celebrate the adorable dogs in animal shelters in remembrance of the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption in 2008.
Thanks to the North Shore Animal League America, this holiday inspires dog lovers to keep fighting for animal shelters worldwide.
If your pup is adopted and you don’t know when their official birthday is, you can celebrate your dog’s birthday on August 1st.
You can also help your local shelters by donating, volunteering, or donating a birthday cake for the pups.
DOGust 1st is also the birthday for all shelter dogs whose actual birthday we don’t know.
Check out the list of shelters hosting a DOGust 1st adoption event.
Assistance Dog Day – August 4
As part of International Assistance Dog Week (I.A.D.W. ), Assistance Dog Day honors the committed dogs that support people with disabilities.
These doggos aid those with physical and mental disabilities by being a helper, best buddy, and family member.
Marcie Davis started it in 2007 with her book, “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook.”
Marcie has been paralyzed for more than 35 years. And her book tells personal stories about her and her guide dog, and has plenty of checklists and useful tips.
The holiday raises awareness on how specially trained canines serve the community. The day also honors puppy owners and assistance dog trainers who help others.
On this day, different festivities honor the amazing achievements of assistance dogs.
You can do your part by supporting your local assistance dog training center, and spreading awareness about these important organizations.
Work Like a Dog Day – August 5
Work Like a Dog Day is celebrated every August 5th to honor those who – well, work like a dog. That means those who are putting an extra bit of hard work into what they do.
It’s a quirky holiday that was initially inspired by our furry little friends’ incredible work ethic – especially our service dogs.
Take a few minutes today to appreciate the hard workers, including yourself, who push forward and inspire others to do so.
International Assistance Dog Week – August 6 – 12
Assistance dogs improve the lives of many people with diseases and disabilities worldwide. So they deserve to be celebrated with a whole week of activities.
Many people raise funds and awareness during the week to help open more training facilities for assistance dogs.
Learn how you can do your part by visiting their website at International Assistance Dog Week.
Give A Dog A Bone Week – August 6 – 12
Let your charitable spirit shine this week as we celebrate Give A Dog A Bone Week.
This incredible week-long pet holiday aims to feed stray animals, and the pets of homeless people too.
Give A Dog A Bone Week also works as a donation drive for pet food and finances. You can register here to participate.
You can also celebrate the holiday by doing the following:
- Feeding strays in your area.
- Donating to a nearby shelter.
- Volunteering in your local community.
- Calling a local shelter when you see a stray that needs to be rescued.
- And even adopting a rescued dog!
Find out about what kind of bones are safe for dogs.
International Cat Day – August 8
Are you a cat lover too? International Cat Day is on the 8th of August to celebrate one of our most common household pets.
Before being domesticated, our furry felines were being worshiped as gods by some ancient cultures.
Humans have forever been in awe of their adventurous, independent, and curious nature, making them popular pets in most countries.
Check out the best dog breeds for first-time dog owners with cats.
Snoopy’s Birthday – August 10
Snoopy is one of the most iconic dog characters ever to exist. He first appeared in the comic strip, then became a TV and movie star.
The animated dog character can also be seen on different products, including children’s books, clothes, DVDs, and posters.
Snoopy is so legendary that he’s considered more famous than Charlie Brown.
This quirky pet holiday was created to honor our favorite childhood cartoon dog, and maybe our furry best friends’ hero, too.
National Spoil Your Dog Day – August 10
August 10 is also National Spoil Your Dog Day. What a great day to go the extra mile for your pooch.
This holiday was created to encourage dog lovers to give a little something back to their dog. It’s also great to support small pet store businesses by buying their products.
Even if you show your dog lots of love daily, there’s always a way to step it up. It can be as simple as buying them a fun new interactive toy or taking them on a trip.
National Check the Chip Day – August 15
National Check the Chip Day was founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association to remind pet owners to get their pets microchipped.
It’s also an important day to check if their registration is up to date. Make an appointment with your vet on this day to have your dog chipped or update their registration.
St. Roch’s Day – August 16
Every year, we celebrate the patron saint of dogs, St. Roch on August 16. While it may not be the most-celebrated holiday all over the world, it is particularly revered throughout Italy.
Whether you’re religious or not, this day is still a great excuse to celebrate with your pet. You can do your part by following St. Roch’s generosity and helping animals in need.
International Homeless Animals’ Day – August 19
While August 1 is for shelter dogs, August 20 is for all homeless animals worldwide.
We devote this day to the brave creatures in the street who struggle to find shelter and food every day. It’s also a time to raise awareness about rescuing and adopting stray animals we see along the way.
On August 20, many people also light virtual candles to remember late cats and dogs who only ever found a home in our hearts.
You can also celebrate by helping and supporting the Best Friends Animal Society reach their “No Kill by 2025” goal.
International Blind Dog Day – August 23
International Blind Dog Day was started by Instagram star Shammy and owner Sarah Horne to raise awareness for our blind furry friends.
The event brings together the owners of blind and partially blind dogs from all over the world. It’s a celebration of the amazing things our blind dogs can do.
Check out #InternationalBlindDogDay on Instagram or visit their official website for more.
National Dog Day – August 26
As if we needed more reasons to celebrate our fur babies, there’s National Dog Day.
Every year, on the 26th of August, we celebrate this holiday to bring attention to the predicament that dogs and other animals all over the world face on a daily basis.
It’s also celebrated to encourage more people to adopt, rather than shop for their next furry friend.
Originally, National Dog Day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2004. Colleen is an incredible human being, and someone we look up to.
She’s a Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Rescue Advocate, Conservationist, Dog Trainer and Author, as well as the founder of a lot of different pet-related holidays.
Colleen picked August 26th to be the National Dog Day because it is also the date when her family adopted her first dog, Sheltie, from a local animal shelter when she was just 10 years old.
In a way, it’s also a celebration of Sheltie, and all the dogs out there. The goal is to help raise awareness for the number of dogs that need to be rescued.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – August 28
It goes without saying that losing a pet is one of the hardest situations any of us have to go through.
This honorary pet holiday started when Mr. Jazz, Deborah Barnes’ cat, died on August 28, 2013.
Deborah published “Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death and Beyond” about letting Mr. Jazz go.
After the book was published, readers gravitated towards the story. Deborah realized that her journey was mirrored by others and that a pet dying was an emotional time for so many.
In honor of Mr. Jazz and all the readers who were touched by her book, Deborah created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day for people to share stories and memories of lost pets.
Since 2015, in honor of our fur babies who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we celebrate the Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day every 28th of August.
They may be gone, but their paw prints will forever be in our hearts.
National Holistic Pet Day – August 30
Every 30th of August, we celebrate the National Holistic Pet Day.
Here at Dog Training Me, we believe that prevention is always better than cure. Which is why we highly support this pet holiday.
National Holistic Pet Day is celebrated to raise awareness and share valuable insights on how we can help our pets live a more wholesome and fulfilling life.
Each year, we learn about good nutrition for our pets, incredible new exercises for physical and mental stimulation, and how holistic medicine can help dogs.
It’s a cool holiday that reminds us to provide our pets with the same whole health approach as we do for our own mind, body and spirit.
Pet Holidays in September
September is a big month for pet holidays. So, with further ado, let’s get to it.
Take a look at this calendar of events dedicated to dogs, cats, and other furry friends. Make sure to participate in every fun activity and strong advocacy.
Animal Pain Awareness Month
Animal Pain Awareness Month started back in September of 2015 by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) to show their dedication to promoting pain treatment among all animal species through activism and education.
Animals, like us, feel pain too. Unfortunately, they cannot communicate it as well as we could. This month-long holiday helps remind us of that.
You can do your part by raising awareness for Animal Pain Awareness Month on social media, visiting your vet to give your pup a checkup, or by rescuing a pet.
To learn more about Animal Pain Awareness Month, visit IVAPM.
National Pet Insurance Month
Another month-long pet holiday we’ll celebrate is the National Pet Insurance Month. Mark this month in your calendar to educate yourself about pet insurance.
The health of our pets is just as important as our own and pet insurance can help you cover the costs of accidents and illnesses that can arise without warning.
Find out more about the best pet insurance for dogs.
Responsible Dog Ownership Month
Responsible Dog Ownership month is a yearly celebration established in 1884 by the American Kennel Club nationwide.
Many fur parents gather to celebrate it to encourage long-term bond and strong relationships with their dogs. According to the founders, there are four tenets of dog ownership: safety, health, training, and love.
One thing you can do to join the celebration is by being extra loving to your dog this September.
Do you know when their next vaccination appointment is? Are you feeding your dog a nutritious healthy diet? Is your pup getting plenty of exercise and mental stimulation?
AKC recommends seven ways to celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Month!
Check out these 10 things all responsible dog owners do.
National Guide / Service Dog Month
September is also the month to pay tribute to service dogs and guide dogs! This event was established in 2008 to raise awareness on how essential these professional canines are when improving our quality of life.
Humans have always suffered from a variety of medical conditions that can limit their ability to engage in everyday life.
The need for service dogs has greatly helped those with sight impairment, autism, seizures, mental disorders, and other disabilities.
Participate in fundraisers that help organizations train more service dogs. You can also help in rescue operations that train stray dogs to be service dogs.
Find out how you can help Guide Dogs of America or Pets for Vets with this important work.
Watch this video of a service dog saving the life of their blind owner to inspire you.
Pet Sitter Education Month
Pet Sitter Education Month started in 2016 after business owner Patti Moran founded the National Association of Pet Sitters in 1989. Moran’s business has been a trusted source of education material regarding pet sitting.
We celebrate Pet Sitter Education month to give thanks to the continuous effort of pet sitters who want to do better at their jobs.
Be one in the celebration by joining webinars, purchasing their magazines, and promoting their toolkits. And did you know that there are certification opportunities for aspiring pet sitters?
Learn more about Pet Sitter Education Month on PSI’s website and make sure to give your donation!
World Animal Remembrance Month
The World Animal Remembrance Month is a time when we honor the memory of the beloved pets and animals that have touched our hearts but are no longer with us.
During this special month, we can pay tribute to the cherished animals we have lost.
Share your fondest memories and stories about your departed furbabies.
You can also offer support to friends who have experienced the pain of losing a pet, showing them that they are not alone in their grief.
Boykin Spaniel Day – September 1
In 1984, Governor Richard W. Riley officially declared September 1 as Boykin Spaniel Day, a day to recognize the breed’s contribution to the state of South Carolina.
And the following year, the Boykin Spaniel was designated as the official dog of the state, cementing its place in South Carolina’s rich history.
To celebrate this special day, there are many ways you can show your love for your Boykin Spaniel.
Share pictures and stories of your furry friend on social media, and raise awareness for this amazing breed.
Canine Enrichment Day (UK) – September 5
The fifth of September is London’s Canine Enrichment Day, which was founded by Ruffle Snuffle in 2018 to make everyone aware of “dog enrichment.”
Enrichment includes the sensory, cognitive, environmental, social, and physical wellbeing of our dogs.
This holiday aims to improve the wellbeing of dogs through various games and activities based on the principles of behavioral science.
You can participate in Canine Enrichment Day by sharing your dog’s favorite activity on social media with the hashtag #CanineEnrichmentDay.
Some things you can do to enrich your dogs life include exercise with games and sports, giving them interactive toys to play with, socializing them with fellow pups and new people, and allowing them to explore new environments.
National Dog Walker Appreciation Day – September 8
If we have a dedicated day for pet sitters, we also have one for dog walkers. Wag! established this celebration to connect more pet parents with their local dog walkers.
Now, many people all over the world celebrate this day to give thanks to these helpers. Dog walkers have always played a huge role in keeping our pups fit and healthy.
Aside from exercising your dog, they also socialize and stimulate them with new pups, people, and environments.
Give your local dog walker a tip today. It will make them feel valued and appreciated.
If you are walking your dog yourself, pick up some new tips for walking your dog.
National Pet Memorial Day – September 10
We don’t know which organization started National Pet Memorial Day. But the second Sunday in September is known as a special day to commemorate all pets we loved and lost.
For some, it’s a special day for famous memorialized pets like Balto and Hachiko. But it’s also a fantastic day to remember your personal hero who has passed away.
Visit your late furry friend in the pet cemetery or take a glance at their urn at home. You can hold a memorial service with your loved ones, or plant a flower or tree in the yard so you can remember them forever.
Even better, you can volunteer or donate to a charity in their name. Check out some of our favorites here.
National Hug Your Hound Day – September 10
National Hound Day also lands on the Second Sunday of September, which is dedicated to every dog who deserves endless love and attention. And by that we mean all of them.
This celebration is meant to remind dog owners to form long-lasting relationships with their pups.
Be one with the fur parent community by giving your dog an extra loving squeeze today. An additional treat and belly rub will also do the job.
Find out how dogs show affection so you’ll know how to return the favor.
Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day – September 13
Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day isn’t just about recognizing our furry friends with birth defects. David Rogers formed it in 2014 to remind pet owners of the role they play in birth defects and mental health.
The day is important so that more fur parents can learn about birth defects and how to prevent, treat, and care for them.
Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day is also a day to educate owners about how to identify such conditions.
If you’re a pet owner, make sure you know about dogs’ neurologic, digestive, heart, and other defects related to birth.
Learn about pet birth defects and the different genetic and environmental factors that contribute to these issues.
Puppy Mill Awareness Day – September 16
Everyone knows that it’s better to adopt instead of shop for puppies. But not all understand why. That’s what Puppy Mill Awareness Day is for.
The day was established to alert people to the negative aspects of the dog breeding business, where mother dogs are forced to bear as many offspring as possible. Often without receiving adequate medical and nutritional attention.
Keep your friends and family informed about the dangers of supporting these businesses. Remind them about the beautiful pets in shelters who need a place they can call home.
Learn more about the problems with puppy mills to stay informed about this issue.
Responsible Dog Ownership Day – September 16
Responsible Dog Ownership Day is the main celebration day for the month-long Responsible Dog Ownership Month.
AKC reminds dog owners about the four tenets of dog ownership: safety, health, training, and love. Are you practicing these values? Is your dog safe and happy in your household?
Consider hiring a trainer so you can kickstart your responsible dog parenthood. You might also try taking your dog to the vet for a general check-up.
Here are some tips to practice responsible dog ownership.
National Pet Carbon Monoxide Safety Day – September 17
The National Pet Carbon Monoxide Safety Day started back in 2020, and is celebrated every 17th of September.
The holiday promotes pet safety and awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning and educates on CO poisoning prevention for our furry pets.
Use this day as a reminder to check or install CO detectors, ventilate CO-producing appliances like furnaces, generators, and stoves, and maintain them regularly.
You can also raise awareness about the potential danger of CO poisoning to pets and provide valuable information on how to prevent it.
Love Your Dog Groomer Day (UK) – September 18
Vets and trainers aren’t the only professionals who improve our dogs’ lives. Dog groomers also keep your dog healthy, presentable, and happy.
Established by The Dog House Leicester, the celebration started as a way to promote the growing industry. Whether you’re a veteran groomer or a beginner, this day is dedicated just for you.
The founders previously celebrated the day through videos, worksheets, and online quizzes to help their clients.
Give your dog groomer a tip so they feel appreciated today!
Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week September 18 – 24
Every year, during the third week of September, we celebrate a day for the “less adoptable” pets.
Petfinder.com established this event to focus on these pets and debunk many myths about them.
For example, did you know that black cats are more common in the shelter because many people associate them with negativity due to superstition?
Pitbulls are also popular in shelters because people are afraid of their aggression, which isn’t backed by research.
Educate your friends and family about these less adoptable pets! Or share your story about your positive experiences with “less adoptable” pets.
National Walk ‘n’ Roll Dog Day – September 22
National Walk n Roll Dog Day was created to celebrate the memory of author Barbara Techel’s dog named Frankie.
Frankie was a Dachshund paralyzed after a fall. He inspired many dog owners to raise awareness about disabled dogs, especially those who are on wheelchairs.
This event is essential for representation and support for differently-abled furry friends. After all, not all dogs are four-legged friends.
Consider donating a wheelchair to dogs who need them. A small amount can go a long way for these pups. Check out what you can do to help Joey’s PAW charity give prosthetics or wheelchairs to dogs in need.
Dogs in Politics Day (Checkers Day) – September 23
National Checkers Day, also known as Dogs in Politics Day, is not only about the dogs in the White House, Buckingham Palace, and other places.
It’s also a day to recognize other powerful pups who have a place in the political arena. The day was established because of Sen. Richard Nixon’s iconic speech in 1952 about refuting allegations against him.
He mentioned in his speech that a specific item was donated to his family as a personal gift and he wanted to keep it.
His exact words were “It was a little Cocker Spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl — Tricia, the six-year old — named it Checkers.“
Learn about the history of the White House pets here and watch the Nixon speech below.
National Dog Week – September 24 – 30
National Dog Week started by Captain William Lewis Judy in 1928 to honor our furry friends and with a mind to create more responsible dog owners.
Will Judy was the publisher of Dog World magazine for decades and a licensed dog show judge in 26 countries. You can learn more about him and this holiday in Dog’s Best Friend: Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week and Dog World Publisher by Lisa Begin-Kruysman.
Lisa is a long time advocate of this holiday and promotes it on the Facebook page for National Dog Week.
Celebrated in the last full week of September each year, National Dog Week brings awareness to having a good home for every dog, being better-informed dog owners, fair laws for dogs and dog owners, and respect for the rights of non-dog owners.
Celebrate the event by raising awareness on social media or joining face-to-face events in your local area. You can also donate to organizations supporting these causes.
National Deaf Dog Awareness Week – September 24 – 30
Many dog owners overlook deafness as a disability because it doesn’t affect a dog’s mobility. But it can require just as much attention as blindness.
Some signs of deafness in dogs include lack of attention when you call them, sleeping deeply despite the noise, and not responding to squeaky toys.
Take your dog to the vet if you notice any signs of deafness. You can celebrate this week by adopting a deaf dog or making a donation to your local shelter.
Check out Iggy the deaf dog, and learn more about interacting with deaf dogs in this video.
National Schnauzer Day – September 25
National Schnauzer Day is an exciting new holiday that was launched in 2021 and takes place on September 25th every year.
The special day was founded by the UK-based organization Moo Moo and Bear, to celebrate one of the most unique and lovable dog breeds, the Schnauzer.
One of the most adaptable breeds, Schnauzers make terrific pets because of their intelligence and loyalty. National Schnauzer Day honors and promotes these wonderful dogs.
To join in the celebration share pictures of your Schnauzer on social media using the hashtag #NationalSchnauzerDay, learn more about the breed, and connect with other Schnauzer lovers around the world.
Remember Me Thursday® – September 28
The 22nd of September is a day for orphaned and sheltered pets that raises awareness about pet adoption.
Remember Me Thursday started in 2012, thanks to Mike Arms, the CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. The organization was established in 1972 to educate people about humane care and adopting animals.
This celebration has become famous on social media, gaining over a billion impressions and saving more lives than ever.
Jump online and post to social media to help others #SeeTheLight about pet adoption on #RememberMeThursday on September 22nd this year to show others why pet adoption is the way to go.
Check out the Remember Me Thursday recap from last year so you know what to expect this year.
World Rabies Day – September 28
World Rabies Day started in 2007 and raises awareness about the prevention of this condition.
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control decided the 28th of September would be the perfect date because it’s the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, who is credited for saving millions of lives through the developments of vaccines for rabies.
Use this day as an opportunity to reflect on the danger and effects of rabies in your community. Make sure your dog has received their anti-rabies vaccination to protect you and your family.
World’s Largest Pet Walk – September 30
The World’s Largest Pet Walk is not just about walking your pup with other dog owners. It’s also a fundraising event that helps different therapy animal teams.
This holiday is essential to help raise awareness about the health benefits of staying active with your pets. Celebrate this event to promote the relationship between a dog and their owner.
Join the annual walk to meet more people and exercise your dog. You can use the hashtag #WorldsLargestPetWalk on social media and join the conversation.
Learn more about the event in this video.
Pet Tricks Day – September 30
Pet Tricks Day was started by dog trainer Joe Nutkins in 2021. He said that it’s essential to honor the joy that our furry friends bring us, especially when they perform fun tricks.
Training dogs to perform tricks started in the 1920s during the rise in popularity of Rin Tin Tin. Since then, many digs have been entertaining humans with their intelligent skills.
This day is also important to remind pet owners to have fun with their pets. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, or rabbit, there’s a hidden talent in every creature.
Why not record your dog performing an adorable trick on September 30th? Post it on social media to entertain your friends and followers.
Here are some easy dog tricks you can teach your dog.
National Puppy Mill Survivor Day – September 30
Bailing Out Benji, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and fighting against puppy mills, established National Puppy Mill Survivor Day in 2021.
This holiday encourages people to take action and raise awareness about the link between puppy mills and pet stores and websites that sell puppies.
You can help by sharing educational resources, supporting animal welfare organizations, and speaking out against puppy mills.
By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of these innocent animals and help end the cycle of cruelty.
Learn about the many problems of puppy mills.
Pet Holidays in October
Moving onto October, one of our favorite months of the year – not just because of all the Halloween festivities, but also because it’s jam-packed with pet holidays!
Let’s look at some of the pet holidays for October, and how you can be a part of the celebration.
National Pet Wellness Month
October is the month for celebrating National Pet Wellness. This event was created by American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMA) to help raise awareness on caring for our pets.
This month is a good opportunity to educate yourself on the proper care and wellness of your pets and a reminder to ensure you are giving them the best quality of life possible.
Celebrate National Pet Wellness Month by taking your furry friend to the vet for a checkup, making sure they are on a healthy nutritious diet suitable for their age, ensuring they are getting plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and giving them plenty of love and attention.
October also raises awareness for adopting a dog.
Animal shelters are essential for the 3.3 to 4.5 million abused, abandoned, and unwanted dogs in the country. But they often cannot handle such large numbers.
Help ease the burden on animal shelters by adopting a dog. Or you can show your support by asking your friends to adopt from shelters instead of buying.
Learn more about Adopt-a-Dog Month and what you can do to help.
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month is an identical event to Adopt-a-Dog Month. This month is specially sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to spread awareness on the importance of adopting.
When we adopt dogs, we are saving a life. Individuals give dogs a second chance at life to have a loving home and family.
One way to celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month is by adopting. Or you can also help spread the word about ASPCA’s initiative.
Check out how you can be ASPCA’s Adoption Ambassador to help foster pets.
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
October is also National Animal Safety and Protection Month. This advocacy first began in The Body of Liberties of 1641. A set of laws that included the protection of animals “kept for man’s use” from tyranny or cruelty.
Animal safety and protection is essential to help dogs, cats, horses, and other creatures coexist with humans without risk of harm.
You can recognize National Animal Safety and Protection Month by finding ways to protect your pets and keep them safe.
You could take your dog for a health checkup, make sure they are microchipped, ensure your home is pet-safe, and report any signs of animal cruelty.
You could also volunteer at a local animal shelter like Joey’s Paw to help pups in need.
National PitBull Awareness Month
National PitBull Awareness Month was formed to let people know about the inhumane act of letting Pit Bulls fight. It’s a day to appreciate this breed and debunk myths about Pit Bulls.
This celebration remains relevant because we want to foster an ongoing dialogue about the true personality of Pit Bulls. Contrary to popular belief, PitBulls are the sweetest, goofiest of dogs.
Why not try adopting a Pit Bull? Or you can spread awareness on social media with factual information dismantling Pit Bull stereotypes.
Check out the American Pit Bull Foundation and do what you can to aid in saving the lives of these Bullies.
World Animal Month
World Animal Month is a global celebration that takes place every October, bringing attention to the importance of animals and the need for their protection.
This special month-long holiday began in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, as a way to raise awareness and promote the well-being of animals.
To celebrate, you can spread awareness and educate people about the importance of protecting animals and their habitats.
By working together to protect and care for animals, we can create a world where all living creatures are treated with love and respect.
Animal Welfare Week – October 1 – 7
National Justice for Animals Week is a crucial event established by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to raise awareness about animal cruelty and promote justice for innocent animals.
The week-long initiative aims to bring attention to the issue of animal abuse and encourage people to take action.
This includes learning about the legal definition of animal cruelty, understanding how to report cases of abuse, and advocating for stronger laws to protect animals.
To celebrate, you can provide educational resources, speak out against animal abuse, support animal welfare organizations, and volunteer.
National Walk Your Dog Week + Animal Welfare Week – October 1 – 7
Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, established National Walk Your Dog Week in hopes of reducing canine behavioral issues and obesity in the USA.
Obesity is a common health issue for dogs, with around 25-30% of dogs in North America being overweight. And it is entirely preventable.
Celebrate this week by taking your dog for a walk every day. Enjoy a stroll in the park or a run on the beach. But make sure your dog knows how to walk on a leash first.
National Black Dog Day – October 1
National Black Dog Day is celebrated every October 1 to remind people that black dogs are harmless. The unknown proponents of this holiday wanted to de-stigmatize the myth around black dogs, educating people that they are not bad luck.
Black dogs are often overlooked in shelters and adoption centers because people are afraid to play with or adopt black dogs.
This day helps to educate people and ensure fewer black dogs remain in shelters and find their forever homes.
Aside from adopting a black dog, you can spread the word about the plight of these four-legged friends to inspire people to adopt black dogs.
Find out more about National Black Dog Day to understand how you can help.
National Fire Pup Day – October 1
October 1st marks the day we honor dogs in the fire department. The history of this event cannot exactly be traced, but we know the importance of celebrating these hero pups.
It’s important to celebrate all dogs who work to save people from fires.
You can celebrate this advocacy by adopting a fire-rescued dog or donating to your local fire department. They might also have educational initiatives you want to join.
Learn more about the history of fire dogs.
World Animal Day – October 4
The 4th of October became World Animal Day because it’s the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in Roman Catholicism. Francis was recognized for his deep connection with animals and the rest of nature.
Because Francis was also known as the Father of Ecology, World Animal Day prompted the discussion on endangered species among ecologists.
Joining peaceful protests and volunteering in shelters or zoos are some ways you can celebrate World Animal Day. You can also adopt or donate to these organizations.
Find out how World Animal Day will be celebrated this year.
Kindness to Animals Day – October 4
Kindness to Animal Day is an official celebration in the Philippines, which former president Carlos Garcia declared in Proclamation No. 537 in 1958.
Being kind to all animals is a responsibility we all share as the most intelligent species. We should also show justice and mercy toward all living creatures.
Celebrate Kindness to Animal Day by donating to animal shelters or volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary.
Poodle Day – October 7
Every 2nd of October, Poodle owners in Carmel, California gather to parade their Poodles, eat, and party. This event has become so popular that tourists even visit to celebrate with residents.
This celebration also pays tribute to Patty Moultrop, the founder of NorCal Poodle Rescue. People hold fundraisers to celebrate her legacy and continue donating to Poodle Rescue.
Be part of the celebration by donating to NorCal Poodle Rescue. You can also raise awareness about the event on social media.
World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day – October 10
Animal Road Accident Awareness Day is organized by the Cats Matter Organization. It’s celebrated on October 10th each year.
This significant day raises awareness of animals injured or abandoned on roads and encourages drivers to evaluate their response if they hit an animal in an effort to prevent animal suffering.
You can celebrate by spreading awareness, encouraging others to pay attention to the road, and be mindful of injured animals.
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day – October 11
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was established by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. They stress the importance of giving dogs a healthy lifestyle to avoid diseases related to overweight and obesity.
Many pet owners think that obese animals are “cute” and harmless. While we can’t resist their puppy eyes, pet owners should know how to say no.
Take this day as a reminder to educate yourself about your pet’s health. Know the healthy weight range for your pets, and ensure they are eating a nutritious diet and getting plenty of exercise.
If your dog is overweight you might want to consider a slow feeder dog bowl when feeding your dog to prevent them from gaining weight quickly.
Find out more about Pet Obesity Awareness here.
Vet Nurse Day – October 13
Every year on the second Friday in October, veterinary nurses are celebrated and recognized for their vital role in the field of animal care.
The Vet Nurse Day was established by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (V.N.C.A.) to raise awareness about the crucial contributions made by veterinary nurses to the veterinary industry and the broader community.
Veterinary nurses tirelessly help veterinarians and provide the best animal care. You can celebrate by showing your appreciation to all the Vet Nurses in your life.
National Pug Day – October 15
Colleen Paige was also the mastermind behind October 15th as the National Pug Day. She encourages animal lovers all over the world to adopt a pug from a shelter instead of buying from breeders and pet stores.
National Pug Day is also a day for learning more about pugs’ lifestyle and how we can improve their quality of life.
Celebrate the event by adopting a Pug. If you have one, give them a new toy, a tasty treat, or just an extra hug for your Pug today.
Learn more about National Pug Day.
National Wolf Awareness Week – October 15 – 21
Started in 1990 by the Timber Wolf Alliance, this week is dedicated to the understanding of wolves and the conservation of their species.
Aside from being our furry friends’ ancestors, wolves play an important role in our ecosystem as they prey on large and small animals.
Do your part as a wolf lover by donating to the rehabilitation of habitats or campaigning for wolves’ re-enlistments on the US Endangered Species Act.
Learn more about wolves at the International Wolf Center and how to save them at the Wolf Conservation Center.
National Veterinary Technician Week – October 15 – 21
Vet techs are honored every third week of October. National Vet Tech Week recognizes the vital role these professionals play in animal care.
The tradition began in 1993 when the National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) issued a resolution recognizing veterinary technicians’ contributions to animal care.
National Vet Tech Week is a great time to recognize these dedicated professionals.
This week, thank your veterinary technicians and spread the news about their important work.
Let’s give these amazing professionals the recognition they deserve.
National Fetch Day – October 21
Since we first domesticated dogs we have been playing the game of fetch with them. Playing fetch stimulates your dog’s mind and gives their whole body movement and exercise.
It tickles the reward regions of their brain while toning their muscles and improving their heart health.
Chuckit!, makers of the original and the best dog ball launchers, created National Fetch Day to celebrate this beloved game we play with our pups.
Play a game of fetch with your dog on October 15! Grab a new ball or frisbee to make the game fresh and exciting for your dog.
Find out how long you should play fetch with your dog for healthy exercise.
Learn more about what’s going on for National Fetch Day this year.
National Pets for Veterans Day – October 21
Did you know that pets can help veterans cope with psychological disorders and traumas they’re facing? Well, National Pets for Veterans Day is here to educate you.
This day reminds us of veterans’ heroism and how they are worthy of support. We also celebrate this day to help dogs find more companions they can serve.
Celebrate this day by raising pet awareness and learning more about the mental benefits of having a pet.
And find out how you can help the awesome Pets for Vets Charity.
Make A Dog’s Day – October 22
The 22nd of October is a special day for treating your dog to their favorite toy, food, or trip.
We don’t exactly know how this event was established, but who wouldn’t want to join in this celebration of our doggos?
Dogs have been a part of our lives and our families for a long time now. They have become companions and family members with whom we share a special bond.
Aside from treating your dog, try making other dogs’ day by donating to your local shelter or favorite animal charity.
Muddy Dog Day (UK) – October 28
Muddy Dog Day was founded by Jo Milnes, who dedicated the 29th of October to encouraging dog owners to share muddy photos of their pets.
The founder of this fun day thought it would be a great idea to stimulate pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Muddy Dog Day is an official fundraising event that helps provide resources to thousands of animals in need.
Check out where you can join the official Muddy Dog Day. If you’re too far from these areas, you can celebrate by taking your dog for a walk and capturing their muddy moments.
National PitBull Awareness Day – October 28
The whole of October is dedicated to Pit Bulls. But the main celebration lands on the 29th of October this year.
It was started by Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys in 2007. She wanted to rescue more Pit Bulls and inform people about the kindness of this breed.
Many dog lovers have been afraid of Pit Bulls because of the misconception that they are aggressive. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove that.
Educate yourself about the myths surrounding Pit Bulls and share what you learn.
Learn more about National Pit Bull Awareness Day and how you can donate to the cause.
National Treat Your Pet Day – October 30
National Treat Your Pet Day was founded by Dr Marty of Dr. Marty Pets to give pets extra care and love with healthy nutritious treats.
Dog treats were first manufactured by FH Bennett Biscuit in 1911. They serve as tasty rewards for every good dog who has learned a new trick or followed a command.
Shop for some healthy dog treats for your pup on October 30th. Or you can make an easy homemade dog treat to keep your furry friend cool.
Pet Holidays in November
Christmas is right around the corner. But don’t rush because November offers a variety of celebrations for our pets.
Take a look at some of the pet holidays for November and how to join these events.
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
The entire month of November is all about raising awareness about pet cancer. This event started in 2005. It’s led by the Animal Cancer Foundation and Nationwide, which aims to improve pet oncology through immunotherapy.
Every pet owner should be part of this reminder to shower extra affection and attention on pets with cancer.
You can help spread awareness by telling your friends and family about the issue. You can also donate to your local pet cancer care institution to ensure every pet receives proper care.
Take your pets for a checkup, and educate yourself on the signs of cancer in pets and what you can do to help prevent it.
National Senior Pet Month/Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Aside from raising awareness about pet cancer, November is also about raising awareness about Senior Pets.
Senior pets are fully grown and easier to handle, but they have more trouble finding their adoptive parents.
Aspiring pet owners should help change the narrative because elderly cats and dogs deserve as much love as puppies and kittens.
Why not adopt a senior dog or cat from your local animal shelter? Or, if you know anyone who wants to adopt a new pet, show them the benefits of choosing a senior animal.
Or you can volunteer or donate to help out one of the many charities that helps senior dogs, like Muttville or Friends of Retired Greyhounds.
Pet Diabetes Month
November is also a month to be aware of pet diabetes. This disease was discovered centuries ago, yet further advancement is needed for prevention and treatment in dogs.
Spreading awareness about pet diabetes is critical now more than ever because it affects about 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the United States.
Share awareness and information on social media to help other pet owners prevent and treat pet diabetes.
Learn more about Pet Diabetes Month and how you can join the cause.
National Cook for Your Pets Day – November 1
Start November right by cooking for your furry friend. This celebration started when animal lovers raised concerns about the dangers of store-bought dog and cat food.
Cats, dogs, and other animals could get more nutrients from your homemade dishes. It’s also a great way to honor their importance in the household.
Look for a tasty and nutritious recipe that your four-legged friend will enjoy. Make sure it contains vegetables and meat, so they get the best of both worlds.
Take a look at some of the things you can feed your dogs instead of dog food.
International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day – November 1
Three years ago, Krista Olsen established International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day to highlight their talents and value in our pets’ lives.
This event also honors everyone in the pet grooming industry, especially small businesses and practitioners who do everything to keep your furry friends presentable and healthy.
Tip your local pet groomer or send them gift cards to say ‘thank you’. Perhaps you might also consider starting a career in pet grooming.
Learn how you can show gratitude to pet groomers during International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day.
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week – November 5 – 11
Many animal shelters are non-profit, so it’s just right that we show gratitude to those who run them.
This annual event was founded in 1996 by The Human Society of the United States to encourage everyone to understand animal shelter workers’ labor and volunteerism.
This event is important to help animal lovers appreciate animal shelters’ role in every community.
In fact, there are approximately 70 million stray animals in the United States that these organizations are trying to rescue.
There are many ways to honor animal shelters. You can adopt a pet, visit a shelter to volunteer, or provide financial aid.
Find out more about some of our top pet shelters and rescue organizations here.
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day – November 7
Lymphoma is a severe type of cancer that affects a dog’s quality of life. This event was founded in 2015 by Terry Simons in honor of his dog Reveille, who died from the disease.
Terry started CLEAR, Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research, to raise awareness about the disease.
Canine lymphoma symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss. But it’s essential to take your dog to the vet for a proper diagnosis.
Aside from taking your pup to the vet for a check-up, you can also honor National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day by rescuing a dog with lymphoma and spreading the word on social media.
Discover how to spread awareness during National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
World Animal Enrichment Day – November 12
World Animal Enrichment Day was founded in 2016 by Sarah-Jane White, the owner of Ruffle Snuffle. We celebrate this fun event to encourage every pet owner to keep their furry friends healthy and happy.
Pet Enrichment reduces the risk of behavioral issues, diseases, and poor socialization. It improves life for all animals, not just your dogs and cats.
Some types of enrichment include giving toys to your pet, decorating their environment, and adding extra activities during feeding time.
Learn more about World Animal Enrichment Day to help raise awareness.
Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week – November 12 – 18
The second week of November is a fantastic time to strengthen your bond with your pet even more.
Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week was established in 2016 by the Animals & Society Institute to hold programs and seminars to achieve a world that mutually benefits animals and humans.
This celebration helps us reconnect with pets, get to know our similarities with their species, and promote a sympathetic approach toward raising them.
Be part of the celebration by spending the entire week with your pet. Feel free to donate to animal shelters and attend seminars.
Learn more about Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week.
National Slobber Appreciation Day – November 16
The 16th of November is a simple yet fun event to appreciate dogs who drool, salivate, and like to give us sloppy kisses.
Dogs drool when they are running, exercising, engaging in zoomies, or even when they do nothing. It’s a reflex, not a behavior. So don’t get mad at your dog for salivating.
It might seem gross, but give your dog a chance to bomb you with kisses. Take a selfie and share it with your friends so they can celebrate National Slobber Appreciation Day, too.
Learn more about National Slobber Appreciation Day.
National Take a Hike Day – November 17
The 17th of November is a great day to take a hike. And if you have a pet, tag them along in your adventure.
Hiking with your pets is a fantastic way to exercise them. At least 20 minutes of physical activity will keep their heart, muscles, mind, and bones healthy.
Hike with your pets on National Take a Hike Day. Don’t forget to bring water and treats with you to keep the walk enjoyable.
Before taking your dog on a hike, you should first find out how far you should walk with your dog, depending on their age.
National Get a Pal For Your Pet Day – November 19
National Get a Pal for Your Pet Day was created by Pets Add Life to spread the message about the importance of giving your furry friend another companion at home.
Getting a pal for your pet encourages socialization and helps correct behavioral issues. It’s also a great way to keep them happy and busy at home when you’re not around.
Adopt a second pet to celebrate November 19. Or you can spread the message about the celebration using the hashtag #Pals4Pets.
Find out how you can take over social media during National Get a Pal for Your Pet Day.
Thankful for My Dog Day – November 23
One of the blessings in life is having a dog by your side to cheer you up. This event was created in 2020 by MYOS Canine Muscle Formula to appreciate our furry friends’ loyalty and cheerfulness.
Even though they are not humans, dogs have a special way of making us laugh and bringing joy to the whole family.
Spend quality time with your pooch on the 23rd of November. Post photos of them on social media, and give them a special gift.
Here’s a cool shirt to tell the world how much you’re thankful for your dog.
Wolfenoot – November 23
Wolfenoot was created by a 7-year-old kid and supported by various friends on social media. The celebration is a tribute to the Spirit of the Wolf, who brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone.
Since then, the event has become a tribute to people who are kind to dogs. They eat roast meat and cake decorated like a full moon to celebrate.
Take part in their rituals and share your experiences publicly using the hashtag #wolfenoot.
Find out more about Wolfenoot here.
National Border Collie Day – November 24
November 24th is National Border Collie Day. A special day to show some extra love and appreciation for these incredible dogs.
Border Collies are known for their intelligence, agility, and unwavering loyalty to their owners.
If you’re lucky enough to have a Border Collie in your life, this is the perfect opportunity to make their day extra special.
Learn if you can celebrate by taking your Border Collie for a swim.
Thanksgiving & National Dog Show – November 24
The 24th of November isn’t just Thanksgiving Day. It’s also National Dog Show Day in the United States. This event began in 1879 and has become a family tradition to watch every Thanksgiving.
This broadcast has more than 2000 competitors and 197 dog breeds. The two-hour show features furry friends that are judged on how closely they meet the criteria.
Watch the National Dog Show this coming November 24, or attend the live event in Philadelphia.
Find out more about the National Dog Show here.
Pet Holidays in December
It’s the last month of the year, and it’s time to make all the pet holidays for December count.
Celebrate with your fur babies in the best ways you can – and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.
Here are the pet holidays you should look out for in December.
National Twin With Your Dog Day – December 1
We’re starting off with a fun one. National Twin With Your Dog Day has been an ongoing trend for a few years, and everyone’s excited about it.
It’s a great excuse to have fun with your fur babies and take cute photos, am I right?
You can twin with your furry pooch by wearing matching outfits, accessories, and more!
Learn the different ways you can celebrate National Twin With Your Dog Day here.
National Mutt Day – December 2
National Mixed Breed Dog Day, also known as National Mutt Day, was established in 2005 by animal welfare advocate and celebrity pet expert Colleen Paige.
Every July 31st and December 2nd of each year, we celebrate this holiday for all our mixed-breed pups out there.
We celebrate this holiday to raise awareness and encourage more people to embrace, save, and celebrate our mutts.
80% of abandoned and euthanized pets are mutts because of the public’s desire for designer or purebred dogs that are usually sold in pet stores and puppy mills.
Learn how you can celebrate National Mutt Day here.
Celebrate Shelter Pets Day – December 5
Shelter pets deserve love and recognition too. Every December 5th of each year, we celebrate shelter pets.
This holiday started back in 2010 as a joint effort between Maddie’s Fund, the Ad Council, and the Humane Society of the United States, and continues to be a tradition to this day.
This holiday helps raise awareness for dogs and cats in our local shelters and helps them find their forever homes.
You can be a part of celebrating shelter pets day by participating in multiple shelters and charities, fostering dogs, and raising awareness about the problems of puppy mills.
International Day of Veterinary Medicine – December 9
Our vets need recognition too, and December 9th is a great day to shed light on veterinary medicine.
Veterinary medicine has come a long way, and has had some major improvements when it comes to taking care of animal welfare.
You can celebrate International Day of Veterinary Medicine by scheduling a visit with your vet, thanking your vet for the phenomenal job they do, and honoring their work by raising awareness for this holiday.
Learn how you can choose the right vet for your fur baby here.
International Animal Rights Day – December 10
Animals have rights too, and every year, animal advocates join forces to help raise awareness for animal rights.
This holiday is important because it helps shed more light on animal rights and how we can show kindness to all sentient beings – including animals.
Learn more about International Animal Rights Day here.
Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day – December 11
The Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day is celebrated each year on December 11 to raise awareness of the condition of vulnerable animals worldwide and honor volunteers who help them.
This day brings people together to organize food drives and volunteer to support needy animals, and rescue organizations.
To celebrate, you can volunteer at an animal shelter, organize a food drive, or give supplies.
Check out our Charity Spotlight series to find an organization near you.
There’s Always A Reason To Celebrate Our Pets!
Holidays or not, there’s always a reason to celebrate our fur babies.
While not all of these holidays are fun and cute, many of them do help to bring our awareness to important issues that affect the animals in our lives.
We hope that this list helps give you some more reasons to spend time and appreciate our furry little families even more.
And that some of these holidays inspire you to do what you can to care for and protect these pets that bring so much joy to our lives.