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 49 pet holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 5

National Bird DayPetsU.S.

Jan. 14

National Dress Up Your Pet DayPetsU.S.

Jan. 23

World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld

Feb. 3

Doggy Date NightPetsU.S.

Feb. 20

National Love Your Pet DayPetsU.S.

Feb. 22

National Walking the Dog DayPetsU.S.

Feb. 23

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation DayInternational, PetsWorld

Mar. 3

National If Pets Had Thumbs DayPetsU.S.

Mar. 13

National K9 Veterans DayCause, PetsU.S.

Mar. 23

National Puppy DayPetsU.S.

Mar. 28

Respect Your Cat DayPetsU.S.

Apr. 6

National Siamese Cat DayPetsU.S.

Apr. 10

National Hug Your Dog DayPetsU.S.

Apr. 11

National Pet DayPetsU.S.

Apr. 21

National Bulldogs are Beautiful DayPetsU.S.

Jun. 4

National Hug Your Cat DayPetsU.S.

Jun. 19

International Box DayInternational, PetsWorld

Jun. 20

Ugliest Dog DayPetsU.S.

Jun. 22

National Take Your Dog to Work DayPetsU.S.

Jun. 25

National Take Your Cat to Work DayPetsU.S.

Jul. 10

National Kitten DayPetsU.S.

Jul. 15

National Pet Fire Safety DayPetsU.S.

Jul. 31

National Mutt DayPetsU.S.

Aug. 8

World Cat DayPetsWorld

Aug. 10

National Spoil Your Dog DayPetsU.S.

Aug. 17

National Black Cat Appreciation DayPetsU.S.

Aug. 19

International Homeless Animals DayCause, International, PetsWorld

Aug. 26

National Dog DayPetsU.S.

Aug. 30

National Holistic Pet DayPetsU.S.

Sep. 19

National Meow Like a Pirate DayPetsU.S.

Sep. 23

National Dogs in Politics DayPetsU.S.

Oct. 4

World Animal DayPetsWorld

Oct. 11

National Pet Obesity DayPetsU.S.

Oct. 16

National Feral Cat DayCause, PetsU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Awareness DayPetsU.S.

Oct. 27

National Black Cat DayPetsU.S.

Oct. 28

National Pit Bull Awareness DayPetsU.S.

Oct. 29

National Cat DayPetsU.S.

Nov. 1

National Cook For Your Pets DayPetsU.S.

Nov. 7

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness DayPetsU.S.

Dec. 2

National Mutt DayPetsU.S.

January

National Train Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.

January

Unchain a Dog MonthPetsU.S.

January

Walk Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.

February

Dog Training Education MonthPetsU.S.

February

National Cat Health MonthPetsU.S.

February

Pet Dental Health MonthPetsU.S.

April

National Pet MonthPetsU.S.

April

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals MonthPetsU.S.

May

National 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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