Animal Holidays

The results are in: we love animal holidays! And with 78 different animal holidays in the year, there’s plenty of love to go around. Whether we’re celebrating our cute and fluffy (and sometimes hairless) dogs, cats, reptiles, and hedgehogs that we spoil at home or the raccoons, squirrels, bisons, and insects that we admire from afar, all animals deserve their own special moment. Luckily, we’ve got a few days, weeks, and months set aside specifically to show our furry, scaly, feathery, and spiky friends some extra love.

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, ,
Ugliest Dog Day, , ,
National Take Your Cat to Work 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 Wildlife 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 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, ,
National Moth Week, , ,
International Assistance Dog Week
Animal Pain Awareness Month, , ,
​Deaf Dog Awareness Week, ,

Where did animal holidays come from?

Did you know that animal holidays weren't created just to celebrate our beloved pets at home? According to Colleen Paige, who created some of America's very first animal holidays, they originally came about in order to "bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption."

In 2004, she originated National Dog Day (falling on August 26) to draw attention to all the dogs waiting for their fur-ever homes and the employed pups who work tirelessly every day to keep us safe, 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 animals large and small.

She unwittingly started a holiday movement — and now we have holidays celebrating everything from loving cats to cold-blooded reptiles!

Submit Your Favorite Animal holidays

Can't find a holiday on the list that celebrates your favorite animal? Click the button below to submit a holiday suggestion! Just give us an idea as to what the holiday should focus on and any background information you may know such as who started it and how many people celebrate it. If you made it up, tell us why people should start celebrating. Once you fill us in on all the deets, we'll take care of the rest!