Some holidays are easy to remember. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, for example, are holidays that we have no trouble remembering.
But there is a whole slew of holidays that pass quietly every year, save a social media post or 2. These holidays are special because they allow us to celebrate our furry, scaly or feathery best friends.
In fact, there are so many holidays that it’s impossible to keep track of them all — until now. We’ve put together a master list of all annual pet-related holidays. Take a look and see what you’ve been missing.
January has a mixture of the serious and the fun for holidays. This is when we’re reminded to unchain and train our dogs, keep our pets safe when traveling and, most importantly, answer our cats’ burning questions.
February focuses on responsible pet care, pet health and the all-important task of spaying/neutering our pets. This month also includes Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, which, as a dog walker, I will certainly be celebrating.
March has holidays for some nontraditional pets such as guinea pigs and pigs, recognizing our K9 veterans, and acknowledges a group of people who make life better for pets and their parents both — pet sitters.
- Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
- 1st full week: Professional Pet Sitters Week
- 3rd full week: Poison Prevention Awareness Week
- March 1: National Pig Day
- March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
- March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
- March 23: National Puppy Day; Cuddly Kitten Day
- March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
- March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day
April focuses on some important aspects of pet care: heartworm prevention, pet first aid, Lyme disease and the prevention of cruelty. In this month, we also have a shout-out to greyhounds, frogs and the pooper scooper.
May brings us the reminder to microchip our pets, as well as days to celebrate both mixed-breed and purebred dogs, a celebration of the specially abled pets and a nod to chihuahuas — who absolutely deserve their own day.
In June, we see a real focus on cat adoption because this is the time of year that shelters get inundated with newborn kittens. June also reminds us to have a plan in place for our pets should a disaster strike, and that cats may indeed one day take over the world.
In July, we look at ways to keep our pets cool by repairing dog houses and outdoor shelters, keeping our pets properly hydrated and preparing for the inevitable barrage of fireworks that accompany Independence Day. The glorious 4th isn’t a celebration at all for terrified pets, so it’s important for people to secure their pets before the festivities start.
For helpful tips on keeping your pets happy and healthy during the year-end holidays, watch this:
August brings us the dog days of summer with — what else? — National Dog Day. We also see a reminder to check and update our pets’ microchipping information as well as an appreciation for the neglected black cats of the world and a day to remember those pets who have left our sides forever.
In September, we see some less-considered topics such as birth defects and chronic pain in pets. We also have the opportunity to celebrate all the presidential pets with Checkers Day and are reminded that pet insurance is well worth the cost.
There’s a lot to talk about in October, such as remembering our hardworking veterinary technicians, recognizing the dangers of pet obesity and educating ourselves on the pit bull. Halloween also falls in October, so we need to be vigilant to keep chocolate out of our pets’ paws. Our annual Petful Halloween Costume Contest happens this month, too!
In the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving in November, which means lots of company and various types of foods that can have a major impact on many pets. We are also reminded that some of the best pets are seniors and that we need to show some love to animal shelter workers.
There are many holidays in December for humans, but not so much for the pets. Of course, our pets are just as spoiled as we are when it comes to those Hanukkah or Christmas gifts.
- December 2: National Mutt Day (2nd)
- December 12–20: Hanukkah
- December 13: National Horse Day
- December 15: Cat Herder’s Day
- December 25: Christmas
- December 31: New Year’s Eve
Did we miss any important dates? Comment below and let us know!
*Black cats seem to be wildly celebrated, as variations of black cat holidays are listed on different calendars throughout the year. We think black cats are pretty awesome, so go ahead and celebrate them on whichever day you see fit — or all of them!
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