Pet 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 48 pet holidays.

DateHolidayCategoryRegion
Jan. 5National Bird DayPetsU.S.
Jan. 14National Dress Up Your Pet DayPetsU.S.
Jan. 23World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld
Feb. 3Doggy Date NightPetsU.S.
Feb. 20National Love Your Pet DayPetsU.S.
Feb. 22National Walking the Dog DayPetsU.S.
Feb. 23International Dog Biscuit Appreciation DayPetsWorld
Mar. 3National If Pets Had Thumbs DayPetsU.S.
Mar. 13National K9 Veterans DayCause, PetsU.S.
Mar. 23National Puppy DayPetsU.S.
Mar. 28Respect Your Cat DayPetsU.S.
Apr. 6National Siamese Cat DayPetsU.S.
Apr. 10National Hug Your Dog DayPetsU.S.
Apr. 11National Pet DayPetsU.S.
Apr. 21National Bulldogs are Beautiful DayPetsU.S.
Jun. 4National Hug Your Cat DayPetsU.S.
Jun. 19International Box DayPetsWorld
Jun. 20Ugliest Dog DayPetsU.S.
Jun. 22National Take Your Dog to Work DayPetsU.S.
Jul. 10National Kitten DayPetsU.S.
Jul. 15National Pet Fire Safety DayPetsU.S.
Jul. 31National Mutt DayPetsU.S.
Aug. 8World Cat DayPetsWorld
Aug. 10National Spoil Your Dog DayPetsU.S.
Aug. 17National Black Cat Appreciation DayPetsU.S.
Aug. 19International Homeless Animals DayCause, PetsWorld
Aug. 26National Dog DayPetsU.S.
Aug. 30National Holistic Pet DayPetsU.S.
Sep. 19National Meow Like a Pirate DayPetsU.S.
Sep. 23National Dogs in Politics DayPetsU.S.
Oct. 4World Animal DayPetsWorld
Oct. 11National Pet Obesity DayPetsU.S.
Oct. 16National Feral Cat DayCause, PetsU.S.
Oct. 21National Reptile Awareness DayPetsU.S.
Oct. 27National Black Cat DayPetsU.S.
Oct. 28National Pit Bull Awareness DayPetsU.S.
Oct. 29National Cat DayPetsU.S.
Nov. 1National Cook For Your Pets DayPetsU.S.
Nov. 7National Canine Lymphoma Awareness DayPetsU.S.
Dec. 2National Mutt DayPetsU.S.
JanuaryNational Train Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.
JanuaryUnchain a Dog MonthPetsU.S.
JanuaryWalk Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.
FebruaryDog Training Education MonthPetsU.S.
FebruaryNational Cat Health MonthPetsOther, U.S.
FebruaryPet Dental Health MonthPetsU.S.
AprilNational Pet MonthPetsU.S.
AprilPrevention of Cruelty to Animals MonthPetsU.S.
MayNational Pet WeekPetsU.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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