Month-Long Observances

We love our furbabies so much and we can't help but spoil them! We don't need a reason to give our furry companions extra love and attention, but if you're looking for an excuse to buy that new toy or give them some of that special treats, here's a list of pet events that are celebrated all month long.

January

February

March

  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

April

  • Canine Fitness Month
  • Active Dog Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

May

  • National Pet Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam

June

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month

July

  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • Dog House Repair Month

August

  • Rawgust

September

  • Happy Cat Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month

October

November

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

December

  • National Cat Lover’s Month

Week-Long Holidays

There's a reason to honor your beloved animal companion almost every week of the month. Here's a list of weeklong holidays that you can celebrate with your pet.

January

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February

  • Feb. 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • Feb. 21-27: National Justice for Animals Week

March

  • March 7-13: Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • March 21-27: National Poison Prevention Week

April

  • April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 11-17: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week
  • April 11-17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week
  • April 18-24: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness
  • April 18-24: National Pet ID Week

May

  • May 2-8: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week
  • May 2-8: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
  • May 2-8: National Pet Week
  • May 3-8: Puppy Mill Action Week

June

  • June 6-12: Pet Appreciation Week
  • June 20-26: Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • June 21-25: Take Your Pet to Work Week

July

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August

  • Aug. 1-7: International Assistance Dog Week
  • Aug. 10-16: Give a Dog a Bone Week

September

  • Sept. 20-26: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week
  • Sept. 20-26: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
  • Sept. 20-26: National Dog Week

October

  • 1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week
  • Oct. 17-23: National Veterinary Technician Week

November

Nov. 1-7: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

December

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One-Day Events

For pet parents, everyday is pet day. If you're looking for a list of special pet holidays, we got you covered! Check out these events and awareness days dedicated to our furry buddies.

January

  • Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • Jan. 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
  • Jan. 8: National Labrador Retriever Day
  • Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Jan. 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • Jan. 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • Jan. 24: Peanut Butter Day
  • Jan. 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary

February

  • Feb. 2: Sled Dog Day
  • Feb. 3: Doggy Date Night
  • Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • Feb. 19: National Boston Terrier Day
  • Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • Feb. 22: Walking the Dog Day
  • Feb. 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Feb. 23: National Dog Biscuit Day
  • Feb. 23: World Spay Day 

March

  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day - patron saint of cats
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 23. Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April

  • April 3: Every Day is Tag Day
  • April 4: World Stray Animals Day
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 8: National Catahoula Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 22: National Beagle Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 25: World Veterinary Day

May

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 2: Mayday for Mutts
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 8: National Dog Mom’s Day
  • May 10: German Shepherd Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
  • May 28: Feast Day of St. Bernard of Montjoux

June

  • June 1: International Sheltie Day
  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 9: World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 10: Jerky Day
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day
  • June 21: National Dog Party Day
  • June 21: National Dachshund Day
  • June 22: Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day

July

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day

August

  • Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • Aug. 4: Assistance Dog Day
  • Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • Aug. 8: International Cat Day
  • Aug. 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • Aug. 10: National Lazy Day
  • Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • Aug. 17: National Nonprofit Day
  • Aug. 21: International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • Aug. 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • Aug. 23: International Blind Dog Day
  • Aug. 26: National Dog Day
  • Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September

  • Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 1: Boykin Spaniel Day
  • Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 12: National Pet Memorial Day Association Of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories (IAOPCC)
  • Sept. 12: National Hug Your Hound Day
  • Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • Sept. 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • Sept. 18: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day)
  • Sept. 23: Remember Me Thursday
  • Sept. 25: World’s Largest Pet Walk
  • Sept. 28: World Rabies Day

October

  • Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day
  • Oct. 2: Poodle Day
  • Oct. 4: World Animal Day
  • Oct. 13: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Oct. 16: Global Cat Day
  • Oct. 16: National Feral Cat Day
  • Oct. 17: National Fetch Day
  • Oct. 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • Oct. 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day
  • Oct. 29: National Cat Day
  • Oct. 30: National Pit Bull Awareness Day

November

  • Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • Nov. 1: International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day
  • Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • Nov. 16: National Slobber Appreciation Day
  • Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day
  • Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day

December

  • Dec. 2: National Mutt Day
  • Dec. 5: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dec. 15: National Cat Herders Day