Are you looking for pet holidays that recognize the special role that dogs, cats, and other pets play in our lives? You’ve come to the right place. This extensive calendar, updated throughout the year, features fun pet holidays as well as serious pet awareness days, weeks and months that focus attention on challenges in the pet world.
Many of you told us that you use this list to create rescue calendars and special events! To make it easy to share, download this list of pet-themed holidays in a handy PDF form.
January Pet Holidays
Adopt a Rescued Bird Month.
Jan. 2, 2018: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
Jan. 14, 2018: National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
Jan. 22, 2018: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
Jan. 24, 2018: Change a Pet’s Life Day.
Jan. 29, 2018: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary.
February Pet Holidays
Beat the Heat Month.
Dog Training Education Month.
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. (Humane Society of the United States)
National Prevent a Litter Month.
Unchain a Dog Month.
2nd week in Feb.: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.
Feb. 12-13, 2018: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised. Each breed has an associated rescue group.
Feb. 14, 2018: Pet Theft Awareness Day.
3rd week in Feb.: National Justice for Animals Week.
Feb. 20, 2018: Love Your Pet Day.
Feb. 22, 2018: Walking the Dog Day.
Feb. 23, 2018: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
Feb. 27, 2018: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.
March Pet Holidays
Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.
March 3, 2018: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
March 4-10, 2018: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 8-11, 2018: Crufts. Held in Birmingham, England, this is the world’s largest dog show, featuring nearly 28,000 canines in its four days.
March 13, 2018: K-9 Veterans Day.
March 17, 2018: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day— patron saint of cats
March 18-24, 2018: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 23, 2018: National Puppy Day.
March 28, 2018: Respect Your Cat Day
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.
National Pet Month. (UK)
April 1-7, 2018: International Pooper Scooper Week.
April 1-7, 2018: National Raw Feeding Week
April 6, 2018: National Siamese Cat Day
April 7, 2018: Every Day is Tag Day. Always the first Saturday in April.
April 8, 2018: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
April 11, 2018: National Pet Day.
April 11, 2018: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day.
April 8-14, 2018: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April.
April 8-14, 2018: National Dog Bite Prevention Week. 2nd full week in April.
April 15-21, 2018: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States. Third week in April.
April 15 – 21, 2018: National Pet ID Week. Third week in April.
April 21, 2018: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.
April 22, 2018: Earth Day.
April 26, 2018: National Kids and Pets Day.
April 27, 2018: Hairball Awareness Day. Last Friday in April.
April 28, 2018: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.
April 30, 2018: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
May Pet Holidays
National Pet Month. (US)
Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)
Chip Your Pet Month.
National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary opthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.
May 1, 2018: National Purebred Dog Day.
May 3, 2018: National Specially-Abled Pets Day.
May 6, 2018: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May.
May 6 – 12, 2018: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.
May 6-12, 2018: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
May 7-12, 2018: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.
May 12, 2018: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
June Pet Holidays
National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
June 4, 2018: Hug Your Cat Day.
June 3-9, 2018: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June.
June 8, 2018: Best Friends Day
June 10, 2018: World Pet Memorial Day. Second Sunday in June.
June 18-22, 2018: Take Your Pet to Work Week®.
June 21, 2018: Take Your Cat to Work Day®.
June 22, 2018: Take Your Dog to Work Day®.
July Pet Holidays
Dog House Repair Month.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.
July 1, 2018: ID Your Pet Day.
July 4, 2018: Independence Day. This US holiday is no holiday for dogs; the sounds of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year.
July 15, 2018: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC).
July 21, 2018: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day.
July 31, 2018: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2.
August Pet Holidays
Aug. 1, 2018: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!
Aug. 5, 2018: Work Like a Dog Day.
Aug. 5-11, 2018: International Assistance Dog Week.
Aug. 8, 2018: International Cat Day.
Aug. 15, 2018: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”
August 16, 2018: Saint Roch’s Day. Patron saint of dogs.
Aug. 17, 2018: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
Aug. 18, 2018: International Homeless Animals’ Day®. Third Saturday in August.
Aug. 22, 2018: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
Aug. 26, 2018: National Dog Day.
Aug. 28, 2018: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.
Aug. 30, 2018: National Holistic Pet Day.
September Pet Holidays
Happy Healthy Cat Month. Established by the CATalyst Council.
National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit Ready.gov.
Sept. 9, 2018: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC). Second Sunday in September.
Sept. 9, 2018: National Hug Your Hound Day. Second Sunday in September.
Sept. 13, 2018: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day. A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment. Sponsored by MBJungle.
Sept. 15, 2018: Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Third Saturday in September.
Sept. 15, 2018: Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
Sept. 23, 2018: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians.
Sept. 23-29, 2018: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Last full week in September.
Sept. 23-29, 2018: National Dog Week. Last full week in September.
Sept. 27, 2018: Remember Me Thursday® Remember Me Thursday® is an international social media awareness day that brings attention to the millions of adoptable pets waiting in shelters and remembers those pets who never got a second chance. Share your rescue pet using #RememberMeThursday.
Sept. 28, 2018: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
Sept. 29, 2018: World’s Largest Pet Walk. Sponsored by Pet Partners.
October Pet Holidays
Adopt-A-Dog Month®. By American Humane Association.
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. By ASPCA.
National Animal Safety and Protection Month.
National Pet Wellness Month.
National Pit Bull Awareness Month.
National Service Dog Month.
1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week.
1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)
Oct. 1, 2018: National Fire Pup Day.
Oct. 1, 2018: National Black Dog Day.
October 4, 2018: World Animal Day.
Oct. 10, 2018: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
Oct. 14-20, 2018: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America.
Oct. 16, 2018: Global Cat Day.
Oct. 27, 2018: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).
Oct. 28, 2018: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff them…
Oct. 29, 2018: National Cat Day.
Late October : National Black Cat Day in the UK. (TBA)
November Pet Holidays
Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.
National Pet Awareness Month.
National Senior Pet Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events).
November 1, 2018: National Cook for Your Pets Day.
November 7, 2018: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day.
National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Nov. 4-10, 2018: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.
November 17, 2018: National Black Cat Day.
Nov. 17, 2018: National Take a Hike Day.
December Pet Holidays
National Cat Lover’s Month.
Dec. 2, 2018: National Mutt Day. Also see July 31.