Animal Holidays

Where would we be without the fluffy friends that show us an endless amount of love? We love to appreciate our pets all year with 75 pet holidays.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
National Bird Day
National Dress Up Your Pet Day
National Penguin Day
National Squirrel Appreciation Day
National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
World Spay Day
National Hedgehog Day
Doggy Date Night
National Golden Retriever Day
National Love Your Pet Day
National Walking the Dog Day
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
National Dog Biscuit Day
National If Pets Had Thumbs Day
National K9 Veterans Day
National Puppy Day
Respect Your Cat Day
National Siamese Cat Day
National Hug Your Dog Day
National Pet Day
National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
International Guide Dog Day
National Hug Your Cat Day,
National Take Your Cat to Work Day
Ugliest Dog Day
National Take Your Dog to Work Day
National Kitten Day
National Pet Fire Safety Day
National Mutt Day
DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
Work Like a Dog Day
International Cat Day,
National Spoil Your Dog Day
International Homeless Animals Day
National Black Cat Appreciation Day
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
National Dog Day, ,
National Holistic Pet Day
National Meow Like a Pirate Day
National Dogs in Politics Day, ,
National Bunny Day
World Rabies Day
National Black Dog Day
National Fire Pup Day
World Animal Day
National Pet Obesity Day
Global Cat Day
National Feral Cat Day
National Fetch Day
International Sloth Day
National Pets for Veterans Day,
National Reptile Awareness Day
National Reptile Day
National Pit Bull Awareness Day
National Black Cat Day,
National Cat Day,
National Cook For Your Pets Day
National Bison Day
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
National Mutt Day
National Llama Day
National Horse Day
National Train Your Dog Month
Unchain a Dog Month
Walk Your Dog Month
Dog Training Education Month
National Cat Health Month
Pet Dental Health Month,
Responsible Pet Owners Month,
National Pet Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
National Pet Week
National Hug Your Cat Day
International Assistance Dog Week
Animal Pain Awareness Month,

Where did pet holidays come from?

Did you know that pet holidays weren't created just to celebrate the animals we love? They actually originated to "bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption." That's according to Colleen Paige, who started some of the first pet holidays in America.

In 2004, she originated National Dog Day (Aug. 26) to draw attention to all the dogs that need adoption—and all the dogs who work tirelessly every day to make sure we're happy and healthy. After it rocketed to success, she spun it off into other holidays like National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, and National Cat Day to celebrate all types of animals large and small.

She unwittingly started a holiday movement—and now we have holidays celebrating everything from feral cats to ugly bulldogs! Do you have a favorite pet holiday?

Submit Your Favorite Pet holidays

If you don't see your favorite pet holiday here, submit it to us at our holiday submission page. Give us a little bit of information about your holiday when you submit it. Who started it? How many people celebrate it, and where? Once you've compiled a bit of background, we'd love to hear from you!