A (Relatively) Comprehensive List of Dog and Cat Holidays

Ever wonder how many dog and cat holidays there are? Quite a lot. If we neglected to include any special holidays, please let us know in the comments! Otherwise, journey on to learn about some of the weird and wacky holidays that people have come up with to celebrate our animal companions (and some more serious, educational days, too). This article has been updated to include more holidays!


January (2021)

I can't believe you make me poop outside in this.

Month-long:

  • Walk Your Pet Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month

Day-by-day:

  • Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Jan. 21: National Squirrel Appreciation Day (Note from Hank: This counts, right?)
  • Jan. 22: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day
  • Jan. 24: Change a Pet's Life Day
  • Jan. 29: Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary

February (2021)

And moments later, the heart was devoured.

Month-long:

  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay / Neuter Awareness Month (AKA Beat the Heat Month)
Weeklong:
  • Feb. 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • Feb. 21-28: Justice for Animals Week (fourth week of February)

Day-by-day:

  • Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day; Doggy Date Night
  • Feb 14: National Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • Feb. 15-16: Westminster Kennel Dog Show (mid-February)
  • Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • Feb. 22: National Walk Your Dog Day; National Wildlife Day
  • Feb. 23: National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day; World Spay Day (fourth Tuesday in Feb)

March (2021)

I can finally poop outside without freezing my butt off.

Month-long:

  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Weeklong:
  • March 7-13: Professional Pet Sitters Week (First full week of March)
  • March 21-27: National Poison Prevention Week (Third week of March)

Day-by-day:

  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: K9 Veterans Day
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day (the patron saint of cats)
  • March 23: National Puppy Day; Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April (2021)

Hippity, hoppity, I'm never wearing this again.

Month-long:

  • Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Pet First Aid Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Active Dog Month/Canine Fitness Month
Weeklong:
  • April 1-7: National Pooper Scooper Week; National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 11-17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week; Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (second full week of April)
  • April 18-24: National Pet ID Week; Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (third week of April)
  • April 24-30: National Scoop the Poop Week

Day-by-day:

  • April 3: Every Day is Tag Day (first Saturday in April)
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day; Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 15: Biomedical Research Awareness Day
  • April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 24: World Veterinary Day (last Saturday in April)
  • April 25: National Pet Parents Day (last Sunday in April)
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 28: International Guide Dog Day (last Wednesday of April)
  • April 30: National Tabby Day; Adopt a Shelter Pet Day; National Therapy Animal Day; Hairball Awareness Day (Last Friday in April)

May (2021)

Let's try not to eat the diploma this time.

Month-long:

  • National Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Examination Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
Weeklong:
  • May 2-8: National Pet Week (first full week of May); Be Kind to Animals Week (first full week of May); Dog Anxiety Awareness Week; Puppy Mill Action Week (the week leading up to Mother's Day)

Day-by-day:

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day; Wildlife Preparedness Day
  • May 2: Mayday for Mutts (first Sunday in May)
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (second Saturday in May)
  • May 9: National Dog Mom Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
  • May 21: Endangered Species Day

June (2021)

Let's go to the beach, okay? I have seagulls to bark at--I mean, frisbees to catch!

Month-long:

  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
Weeklong:
  • June 6–12: Pet Appreciation Week (first week in June)
  • June 13–19: Animal Rights Awareness Week (third week in June)
  • June 21-25: Take Your Pet to Work Week

Day-by-day:

  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 8: National Best Friends Day; World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day
  • June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day (The Monday before Take Your Dog to Work Day); Dog Party Day
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day (The Friday after Father's Day)

July (2021)

Independence Day: when the humans cook lots of meat and the sky explodes.

Month-long:

  • National Dog House Repair Month (Note from Hank: Hey!! ASL will replace parts for the cost of shipping!)
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Weeklong:

  • July 27–August 3: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

Day-by-day:

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 5: Pet Remembrance Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 21: National Craft For Your Local Shelters Day; No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 22: National Hot Dog Day (Note from Hank: This definitely counts. It's got 'dog' in the name!)
  • July 26: National Dog Photography Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day (also on Dec. 2)
Month-crossing:
  • July 23-Aug 22: The Dog Days of Summer

August (2021)

"Dog Days" means I get to do whatever I want, right?

Month-long:

  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Itchy Pet Awareness Month
  • Rawgust (celebration of raw feeding for pets)
Weeklong:
  • Aug 1-7: International Assistance Dog Week (starting on the first Sunday of August)
  • August 10-16: Give a Dog a Bone Week

Day-by-day:

  • Aug 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • Aug 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • Aug 8: International Cat Day
  • Aug 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • Aug 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • August 16: Saint Roch’s Day (the patron saint of dogs)
  • Aug 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • Aug 21: International Homeless Animals Day (third Saturday in August)
  • Aug 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • Aug 26: National Dog Day
  • Aug 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Aug 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September (2021)

But mom, I don't wanna go to obedience school. I listen to you plenty! I only steal your shoes sometimes...

Month-long:

  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • Guide / Service Dogs Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Happy Cat Month
  • National Service Dog Month
Weeklong:
  • Sept. 12-18: Adopt a Less-Adoptable Week (Third week in September)
  • Sept. 19-25: National Dog Week; Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Fourth week of September)

Day-by-day:

  • Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Note from Runa: Perhaps the best day, besides June 24.)
  • Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 9: Mo Cats Day
  • Sept. 12: National Pet Memorial Day; National Hug Your Hound Day (Second Sunday in September)
  • Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • Sept. 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day; Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September)
  • Sept. 19: Meow Like a Pirate Day
  • Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day; Remember Me Thursday
  • Sept 28: World Rabies Day; World's Largest Pet Walk

October (2021)

As long as you don't actually expect me to fly anywhere. I'd rather nap.

Month-long:

  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Sausage Month (Note from Theo: I approve this message.)
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Dog Month / Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Weeklong:
  • Oct. 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week
  • Oct. 3-9: Animal Welfare Week
  • Oct 17-23: National Veterinary Technician Week (Third week of October)

Day-by-day:

  • Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day; National Black Dog Day
  • Oct. 4: World Animal Day; World Pets Day
  • Oct. 13: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Oct 16: National Feral Cat Day
  • Oct. 17: National Fetch Day
  • Oct. 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • Oct. 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
  • Oct 27: National Black Cat Day (UK)
  • Oct. 29: National Cat Day

November (2021)

Football is my favorite sport. I, too, love playing catch and chasing balls!

Month-long:

  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • National Adoption Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Pet Diabetes Month
Weeklong:
  • Nov. 1-7: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week (first full week of Nov)

Day-by-day:

  • Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • Nov. 3: One Health Day
  • Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day (US) and National Take a Hike Day

December (2021)

'Tis the season to give your pup a Milkbone or twelve!

Month-long:

  • National Cat Lovers’ Month

Day-by-day:

  • December 2: National Mutt Day (also on July 31)
  • Dec. 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
  • December 15: National Cat Herders' Day
  • December 17: Underdog Day (Third Friday of December)



Citations
  • “Complete List of 2019 Pet Holidays.” Wellness Pet Food, www.wellnesspetfood.com/our-community/wellness-blog/seasonal-tips/complete-list-2019-pet-holidays.
  • “The Ultimate List of 2020 Pet Holidays: Blog.” Dox Design, 18 Mar. 2020, dox.design/the-ultimate-list-of-2020-pet-holidays/.
  •  “2021 Pet Holidays and Veterinary Awareness Days.” The Animal Medical Center, www.amcny.org/2021-pet-holidays-and-veterinary-awareness-days.



Photo credit: Pamela and Lyndsey Mulvey
Written by: Skye Isabella Rose Iwanski

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