Pet Holidays celebrated around the World

Maybe you’re the kind that creates a special bone cake for your pup’s birthday each year, or perhaps your beloved cat has her own stocking that’s hung by the chimney with care each year. No matter the holiday, there is always a reason to remember how much our canine and feline companions mean to us. We love our pets all year long, and with this handy calendar, you can find a reason to celebrate your furry friends most any day of the year!


  • Sunday 2 January - Happy Mew Year for Cats Day (The founders, Tom and Ruth Roy, wanted cats to have a very special New Year's celebration all to themselves); National Pet Travel Safety Day in US
  • Wednesday 5 January - National Bird Day (United States)
  • Friday 14 January - Dress Up Your Pet Day; Feast of the Ass
  • Monday 17 January - Horse Day in Latvia (Zirgu Diena)
  • Thursday 20 January - Penguin Awareness Day
  • Friday 21 January - Squirrel Appreciation Day in North Carolina (It is an unofficial holiday started by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown in 2001, as a way to encourage people to put out seeds and nuts for these cute rodents)
  • Saturday 22 January - National Answer Your Cats Questions Day
  • Monday 24 January - Change a Pet's Life Day
  • Saturday 29 January - Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday (1929)
  • Monday 31 January - International Zebra Day


  • Tuesday 1 February - The start of National Bird-Feeding Month (United States)
  • Wednesday 2 February - Hedgehog Day in Italy; Marmot Day in Alaska; Groundhog Day
  • Monday 7 February - Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week (February 7-14)
  • Wednesday 9 February - World Marine Mammal Protection Day and World Whale Day (is celebrated since 1986)
  • Friday 11 February - Day of help to forest animals in Poland; Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden (February 11-12)
  • Monday 14 February - National Pet Theft Awareness Day in US
  • Tuesday 15 February - Hippo Day
  • Sunday 20 February - Love Your Pet Day
  • Tuesday 22 February - Cat Day in Japan; Walking the Dog Day; World Spay Day (Last Tuesday in February)
  • Wednesday 23 February - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt); National Dog Biscuit Day in US
  • Sunday 27 February - International Polar Bear Day


  • Tuesday 1 March - National Pig Day, Fruit Compote Day and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day in United States; Horse Protection Day (Horse Protection Day was first observed in 2005 when it was founded by pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Page)
  • Thursday 3 March - What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day; Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England; World Wildlife Day
  • Saturday 5 March - Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (First Saturday in March)
  • Monday 7 March - Professional Pet Sitters Week (First Full Week in March)
  • Sunday 13 March - National Elephant Day (Thailand); K-9 Veterans Day
  • Monday 14 March - International Day of Action for Rivers, Water, and Life; Learn about Butterflies Day
  • Tuesday 15 March - National Animal Poison Prevention Week in USA (Third Full Week in March)
  • Thursday 17 March - Buzzards Day (Buzzards are another word for turkey vultures, a species of vulture protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918); Larks' Day in Latvia
  • Sunday 20 March - World Sparrow Day; World Frog Day (celebrated since 2009); MeatOut Day in Colorado, US; Great American Meatout
  • Tuesday 22 March - Animal Welfare Week
  • Wednesday 23 March - Puppy Day


  • Thursday 1 April - International Pooper Scooper Week; National Raw Feeding Week in US
  • Saturday 3 April - World Aquatic Animal Day (The first ever annual “World Aquatic Animal Day” took place April 3rd, 2020, with the inaugural theme of the aquaculture industry)
  • Sunday 4 April - World Rat Day; World Stray Animals Day
  • Tuesday 6 April - National Siamese Cat Day in USA
  • Wednesday 7 April - International Beaver Day (The largest beaver-built dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada and is 850m long)
  • Thursday 8 April - National Dog Fighting Awareness Day in US (As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April, the ASPCA)
  • Sunday 11 April - National Pet Day
  • Monday 12 April - National Dog Bite Prevention Week in US (the second full week of April ); World Hamster Day
  • Saturday 17 April - Bat Appreciation Day
  • Sunday 18 April - Pet Owners Independence Day; Dancing Cow Day in Denmark (On the third Sunday of April)
  • Monday 19 April - Pet Owners Day
  • Wednesday 21 April - Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day (They are related to the Asiatic Mastiff, which, according to historical records, lived in Mesopotamia around 4,000 BC)
  • Friday 23 April - National Lost Dog Awareness Day in US
  • Saturday 24 April - National Scoop the Poop Week in USA; World Veterinary Day (Last Saturday in April); National Pet Parent's Day in US (Last Sunday in April); World Day for Laboratory Animals
  • Sunday 25 April - World Penguin Day; National Pet ID Week in US (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday)
  • Monday 26 April - Help A Horse Day; National Kids and Pets Day in US
  • Tuesday 27 April - Go Birding Day; Save The Frogs Day; World Tapir Day; Free Feral Cat Spay Day
  • Wednesday 28 April - International Guide Dog Day (Last Wednesday in April)
  • Thursday 29 April - Birthday of the World Wildlife Fund (Date of foundation of the WWF April 29, 1961, Morges, Switzerland)
  • Friday 30 April - Hairball Awareness Day (Last Friday in April); National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day in US


  • Saturday 1 May - Save the Rhino Day; National Purebred Dog Day in USA; Spring Decade of Birdwatching (May 1-10); Responsible Animal Guardian Month; Be Kind to Animals Week
  • Sunday 2 May - Ferret Day; National Pet Week in US (First Full Week in May); Mayday for Mutts (First Sunday in May); World Tuna Day
  • Monday 3 May - Puppy Mill Action Week in US (Begins the Monday before Mother's Day); National Specially-abled Pets Day in US
  • Tuesday 4 May - Bird Day in the United States; Bird Day
  • Saturday 8 May - National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day in US; International Migratory Bird Day
  • Sunday 9 May - World Migratory Bird Day
  • Saturday 15 May - World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)
  • Sunday 16 May - Sea Monkey Day (They’re known as Artemia New York Ocean Science and go through anhydrobiosis, or hibernation when they are dried out. Then, with the right mixture of water and nutrients they can spring right back into life)
  • Monday 17 May - National Vegetarian Week
  • Tuesday 18 May - Whooping Crane Day
  • Thursday 20 May - National Rescue Dog Day in US
  • Friday 21 May - World Endangered Species Day (This environmental date is celebrated on the third Friday of May)
  • Saturday 22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Sunday 23 May - World Turtle Day (sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive)
  • Sunday 30 May - International Hug Your Cat Day


  • Wednesday 2 June - National Dog Day (Día Nacional del Perro)
  • Friday 4 June - Hug Your Cat Day in US
  • Saturday 5 June - World Day Against Speciesism
  • Sunday 6 June - Pet Appreciation Week (First Full Week in June); International Day of Cleaning Water Reservoirs (celebrated since 1995)
  • Wednesday 9 June - World Pet Memorial Day
  • Tuesday 15 June - Day of the creation of the youth movement in Russia
  • Wednesday 16 June - World Sea Turtle Day (WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation)
  • Sunday 20 June - World Zoo Elephant Day; American Eagle Day
  • Monday 21 June - World Giraffe Day (is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night); National Dog Party Day in US; Take Your Dog to Work Week in US
  • Friday 25 June - National Catfish Day (United States); Take Your Dog to Work Day (Friday after Father's Day)
  • Tuesday 29 June - World Day against the abandonment of domestic animals (since 2019)


  • Thursday 1 July - National Dog's Day in Poland
  • Friday 2 July - International Dog Day (#IDD)
  • Sunday 11 July - All American Pet Photo Day
  • Monday 12 July - Cow Appreciation Day
  • Thursday 15 July - National Pet Fire Safety Day in US
  • Friday 16 July - World Snake Day
  • Wednesday 21 July - No Pet Store Puppies Day; National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day in US
  • Friday 23 July - World Whale and Dolphin Day (International Whaling Commission — IWC)
  • Thursday 29 July - International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day
  • Saturday 31 July - Mutt's Day (By definition a mutt, sometimes called a "Half-breed", is a dog that is of mixed breed)


  • Sunday 1 August - DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs; International Assistance Dog Week (Starts on First Sunday in August)
  • Sunday 8 August - International Cat Day
  • Tuesday 10 August - World Lion Day; Spoil Your Dog Day in US
  • Thursday 12 August - World Elephant Day (Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012)
  • Tuesday 17 August - National Black Cat Appreciation Day in USA; International Black Cat Day
  • Thursday 19 August - World Orangutan Day
  • Saturday 21 August - Clear the Shelters Day (Third Saturday of August); International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • Sunday 22 August - National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day in US
  • Thursday 26 August - Dog Day (was founded by a woman - Colleen Paige - in 2004); World Dog Day (supported by the International Fund for the Protection of Animals)
  • Friday 27 August - World Day for the End of Speciesism (The concept appeared in 1970 in the work of British psychologist Richard D. Ryder, Speciesism)
  • Saturday 28 August - Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day; International Bat Night
  • Monday 30 August - National Holistic Pet Day in USA; National Cheetah Day in Iran


  • Tuesday 7 September - National Threatened Species Day (Australia)
  • Wednesday 8 September - National Dog Walker Appreciation Day in US
  • Sunday 12 September - National Pet Memorial Day in US (Second Sunday of September); Hug Your Hound Day (Second Sunday of September); International Crane Day (Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in September)
  • Wednesday 15 September - Greenpeace Birthday (an international independent non-governmental environmental organization established in 1971 in Canada)
  • Friday 17 September - Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September); Puppy Mill Awareness Day (Third Saturday in September)
  • Saturday 18 September - National Dog Week in USA (Last Full Week of September); National Deaf Dog Awareness Week in US (Last Full Week in September)
  • Sunday 19 September - Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week (Last Full Week in September)
  • Monday 20 September - Love Your Pet Day
  • Wednesday 22 September - World Protection Elephant Day; World Rhino Day; National Elephant Appreciation Day in USA
  • Thursday 23 September - Dogs in Politics Day
  • Friday 24 September - International Rabbit Day
  • Tuesday 28 September - World Rabies Day


  • Friday 1 October - National Walk Your Dog Day in US; National Fire Pup Day in US; National Black Dog Day n US; National Walk Your Dog Week in US (First Week of October); World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
  • Saturday 2 October - World Day for Farmed Animals; Herring Holiday in Finland; World Farm Animals Day
  • Monday 4 October - Animals' Day in Poland (Dzień Zwierząt, established in 2006); World Pet's Day; World Animal Day; World Habitat Day
  • Sunday 10 October - World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day
  • Tuesday 12 October - Fall World Migratory Bird Day (UNEP)
  • Wednesday 13 October - African Penguin Awareness Day (All 17 species of penguins live in the southern hemisphere, but only three species live year-round in Antarctica)
  • Friday 15 October - Tiger Day
  • Saturday 16 October - Feral Cat Day; Hagfish Day
  • Friday 22 October - Wombat Day (Australia)
  • Saturday 23 October - International Snow Leopard Day
  • Wednesday 27 October - Black Cat Appreciation Day (United Kingdom); National Pit Bull Awareness Day in USA
  • Friday 29 October - National Cat Day (United States)


  • Monday 1 November - National Cook for Your Pets Day in US; World Vegan Day
  • Saturday 6 November - National Bison Day in United States (Date for 2021. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)
  • Sunday 7 November - National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week in USA (First Full Week of November)
  • Wednesday 17 November - National Black Cat Day in US
  • Monday 22 November - Humane Society Anniversary Day
  • Monday 29 November - World Anteater Day and World Tamandua Day (since 2014)


  • Thursday 2 December - National Mutt Day
  • Saturday 4 December - International Cheetah Day
  • Friday 10 December - International Animal Rights Day; International Animal Rights Day
  • Tuesday 14 December - International Monkey Day
  • Wednesday 15 December - United Nations Environment Organization Foundation Day
  • Sunday 26 December - Wren Day in Ireland and the Isle of Man


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