Animals 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 68 pet holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 5

National Bird DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 14

National Dress Up Your Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 21

National Squirrel Appreciation DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 22

National Answer Your Cat's Question DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 23

World Spay DayAnimalsU.S.

Feb. 3

Doggy Date NightAnimalsU.S.

Feb. 20

National Love Your Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Feb. 22

National Walking the Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Feb. 23

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation DayAnimalsWorld

Mar. 3

National If Pets Had Thumbs DayAnimalsU.S.

Mar. 13

National K9 Veterans DayAnimalsU.S.

Mar. 23

National Puppy DayAnimalsU.S.

Mar. 28

Respect Your Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Apr. 6

National Siamese Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Apr. 10

National Hug Your Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Apr. 11

National Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Apr. 21

National Bulldogs are Beautiful DayAnimalsU.S.

Apr. 25

International Guide Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Jun. 4

National Hug Your Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Jun. 20

Ugliest Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Jun. 22

National Take Your Dog to Work DayAnimalsU.S.

Jun. 25

National Take Your Cat to Work DayAnimalsU.S.

Jul. 10

National Kitten DayAnimalsU.S.

Jul. 15

National Pet Fire Safety DayAnimalsU.S.

Jul. 31

National Mutt DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 1

DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter DogsAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 5

Work Like a Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 8

World Cat DayAnimalsWorld

Aug. 10

National Spoil Your Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 17

National Black Cat Appreciation DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 22

National Take Your Cat to the Vet DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 26

National Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 30

National Holistic Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Sep. 19

National Meow Like a Pirate DayAnimalsWorld

Sep. 22

National Bunny DayAnimalsWorld

Sep. 23

National Dogs in Politics DayAnimalsU.S.

Sep. 28

World Rabies DayAnimalsWorld

Oct. 1

National Black Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 1

National Fire Pup DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 4

World Animal DayAnimalsWorld

Oct. 10

National Pet Obesity DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 16

Global Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 16

National Feral Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

International Sloth DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

International Sloth DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

National Fetch DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Day AnimalsU.S.

Oct. 27

National Black Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 27

National Pit Bull Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 29

National Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Nov. 1

National Cook For Your Pets DayAnimalsU.S.

Nov. 3

National Bison DayAnimalsU.S.

Nov. 7

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Dec. 2

National Mutt DayAnimalsU.S.

Dec. 9

National Llama DayAnimalsU.S.

January

National Train Your Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

January

Unchain a Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

January

Walk Your Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

February

Dog Training Education MonthAnimalsU.S.

February

National Cat Health MonthAnimalsU.S.

February

Pet Dental Health MonthAnimalsU.S.

February

Responsible Pet Owners MonthAnimalsU.S., World

April

National Pet MonthAnimalsU.S.

April

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals MonthAnimalsU.S.

May

National Pet WeekAnimalsU.S.

August

International Assistance Dog WeekAnimalsU.S.

September

Animal Pain Awareness MonthAnimalsU.S.

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!

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