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The Ultimate List of 2021 Pet Holidays

Back by popular demand our master list of pet holidays are here! ICYMI last year we created an ENTIRE calendar with a year’s worth of graphics and captions. The calendar is now more than 80% off and you can snag it here!

 

January Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

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

Day Celebrations

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 5: National Bird Day
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 20: Penguin Awareness Day
  • January 20: Inauguration Day
  • January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • January 29: Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary

 

February Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • 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)
  • Pet Dental Health Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • February 7–14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • February 15–16: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show
  • February 23–29: National Justice for Animals Week

Day Celebrations

  • February 2: Groundhog Day
  • February 3: Doggie Date Night
  • February 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day
  • February 15: President’s Day
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22: Walking the Dog Day
  • February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day
  • February 25: World Spay Day
  • February 25: Spay Day USA
  • February 27: Polar Bear Day

 

March Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • National Frozen Food Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • March 1–7: Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • March 21–27: National Poison Prevention Week

Day Celebrations

  • March 1: National Pig Day
  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day (patron saint of cats)
  • March 19: Poultry Day
  • March 20: World Sparrow Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 23. Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • Canine Fitness Month
  • Active Dog Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • April 1–7: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1–7: National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 11–17: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (second full week in April)
  • April 11–17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week (second full week in April)
  • April 18–24: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (third week in April)
  • April 18–24: National Pet ID Week (third week in April)
  • April 23–29: National Scoop the Poop Week

Day Celebrations

  • April 1: April Fool’s Day
  • April 3: Every Day is Tag Day (first Saturday in April)
  • April 4: Easter
  • 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
  • April 11: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 19: National Cat Lady 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 25: World Penguin Day
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 28: International Guide Dog Day (last Wednesday in April)
  • April 30: Hairball Awareness Day (last Friday in April)
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

May Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • National Pet Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • May 2–8: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week (first full week of May)
  • May 2–8: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
  • May 2–8: National Pet Week (first full week of May)
  • May 3–9: Puppy Mill Action Week (starts the Monday before Mother’s Day)

Day Celebrations

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 1: Save the Rhino Day
  • May 2: Mayday for Mutts (first Sunday in May)
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 8: National Dog Mom’s Day (second Saturday in May)
  • May 9: Mother’s Day
  • May 9: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 16: National Sea Monkey Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • May 24: National Escargot Day
  • May 31: Memorial Day

June Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month® from the American Humane Association
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • June 6–12: Pet Appreciation Week( first week in June)
  • Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • June 21–25: Take Your Pet to Work Week®

Day Celebrations

  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 8: World Pet Memorial Day (second Tuesday in June)
  • June 15: National Lobster Day
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • June 20: Father’s Day
  • June 21: National Dog Party Day
  • June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day®
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day®

July Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month™
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • Dog House Repair Month
  • Independent Retailer Month

Week-Long Celebrations

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

Day Celebrations

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 9: Cow Appreciation Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 16: World Snake Day
  • July 31: Mutt’s Day
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 25: National Parents Day
  • July 26: National Dog Photography Day
  • July 31: International Friendship Day

August Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • Rawgust (celebration of raw feeding for pets)
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Back-To-School Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • July 27–August 3: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week
  • August 2–8: International Assistance Dog Week
  • August 10–16: Give a Dog a Bone Week

Day Celebrations

  • August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • August 6: Fresh Breath Day
  • August 8: International Cat Day
  • August 8: National CBD Day
  • August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • August 10: National Lazy Day
  • August 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • August 16: Saint Roch’s Day (patron saint of dogs)
  • August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • August 17: International Non-Profit Day
  • August 21: International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • August 21: National Honey Bee Day
  • August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • August 26: National Dog Day
  • August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September Pet Holidays

Month-Long Celebrations

  • Happy Cat Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month

Week-Long Celebrations

  • September 12–18: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week (third week in September)
  • September 19–25: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week (last full week in September)
  • September 19–25: National Dog Week (last full week in September)

Day Celebrations

  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • September 11: National Hug Your Hound Day (second Sunday in September)
  • September 11: National Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in September)
  • September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • September 17: National Pet Bird Day
  • September 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day (third Saturday in September)
  • September 18: Responsible Dog Ownership Day (third Saturday in September)
  • September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day
  • September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day
  • September 23: Dogs in Politics Day 
  • September 23: Remember Me Thursday® (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)
  • September 25: International Rabbit Day
  • September 28: World Rabies Day

    October Pet Holidays

    Month-Long Celebrations

    • Adopt-A-Dog Month®
    • Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
    • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
    • National Pet Wellness Month
    • National Pitbull Awareness Month

    Week-Long Celebrations

    • October 1–7: National Walk Your Dog Week (first week of October)
    • October 3–9: Animal Welfare Week (first week of October)
    • October 17–23: National Veterinary Technician Week

    Day Celebrations

    • October 1: National Fire Pup Day
    • October 1: National Black Dog Day
    • October 4: World Animal Day
    • October 13: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
    • October 16: National Feral Cat Day
    • October 17: National Fetch Day
    • October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
    • October 27: National Black Cat Day
    • October 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day
    • October 29: National Cat Day
    • October 30: National Pitbull Awareness Day (last Saturday in October—unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen)
    • October 31: Halloween

    November Pet Holidays

    Month-Long Celebrations

    • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
    • National Pet Awareness Month
    • National Senior Pet Month
    • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
    • Pet Diabetes Month
    • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
    • Sweet Potato Awareness Month

    Week-Long Celebrations

    • November 1–7: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (first full week of November)
    • November 28–December 6: Hanukkah

    Day Celebrations

    • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
    • November 4: Chicken Lady Day
    • November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
    • November 11: Veterans Day
    • November  15: National Philanthropy Day
    • November  17: National Take a Hike Day
    • November 20: National Adoption Day
    • November 25: Thanksgiving
    • November 25: National Dog Show (always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving)
    • November 26: Black Friday
    • November 27: Small Business Saturday
    • November 29: Cyber Monday

    December Pet Holidays

    Month-Long Celebrations

    • National Cat Lovers’ Month
    • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Week-Long Celebrations

    • November 28–December 6: Hanukkah
    • December 26–January 1: Kwanzaa

    Day Celebrations

    • December 3: National Roof Over Your Head Day
    • December 4: National Cookie Day
    • December 5: International Volunteer Day
    • December 15: Monkey Day
    • December 15: National Cat Herders Day
    • December 17: Underdog Day
    • December 24: Christmas Eve
    • December 25: Christmas Day
    • December 31: New Year’s Eve

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