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Fun Pet Holidays and Dates

We love our pet-related holidays! They are a great way to celebrate our pets and a wonderful excuse to have fun with them throughout the year. Here is a list of pet holidays for March through December 2017.

Have fun! Don’t forget to share pictures of the fun you have celebrating these holidays with your furry family members! We’d love to share your pictures with our Facebook friends: 21stEssentialPet.

Look at this huge list of pet holidays. There are so many opportunities for excitement!


Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 5-11, 2017: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 13: K-9 Veterans Day

March 19-25, 2017: National Poison Prevention Week

March 23: National Puppy Day



National Greyhound Adoption Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)

National Pet Month. (UK)

April 1-7, 2016: International Pooper Scooper Week

April 1, 2017: Every Day is Tag Day

April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

April 11: National Pet Day

April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

April 9-15, 2017: Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day

April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

April 16-22, 2017: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week

April 16 – 22, 2017:  National Pet ID Week

April 26: National Kids and Pets Day

April 28, 2017: Hairball Awareness Day

April 29, 2017: World Veterinary Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: National Tabby Day




National Pet Month

Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Chip Your Pet Month

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

May 7, 2017: Mayday for Mutts

May 7 – 13, 2017: Be Kind to Animals Week

May 7-13, 2017: National Pet Week

May 8-13, 2017: Puppy Mill Action Week

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 21-27, 2017: Dog Bite Prevention Week



Adopt-a-Cat Month

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 4-10, 2017: Pet Appreciation Week

June 11, 2017: World Pet Memorial Day

Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week

June 20-24: Take Your Dog to Work Week

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 22, 2017: Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 23, 2017: Take Your Dog to Work Day



Dog House Repair Month

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day

July 31: National Mutt Day



Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day

Aug. 6-12, 2017: International Assistance Dog Week

Aug. 8: International Cat Day

Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day

Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Mid August: National Feral Cat Awareness Week

Aug. 19, 2017: International Homeless Animals’ Day

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



Happy Healthy Cat Month

National Disaster Preparedness Month

Sept. 10: National Pet Memorial Day

Sept. 10: National Hug Your Hound Day

Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day

Sept. 19, 2016: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Sept. 19: Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day

Sept. 24-30: Deaf Pet Awareness Week

Sept. 24-30: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Sept. 24-30: National Dog Week. Last full week in September

Sept. 28: World Rabies Day



Adopt-A-Dog Month

Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

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

October 4: World Animal Day

1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week

Oct. 12, 2016: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

National Veterinary Technician Week

Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day

Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day

October 15: Dog Film Festival, New York City

Oct. 16: National Feral Cat Day

Oct. 28, 2017: National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Oct. 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day

Oct. 29: National Cat Day

Late October: National Black Cat Day in the UK



Adopt a Senior Pet Month

National Pet Awareness Month

National Senior Pet Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet Diabetes Month

National Dog Show

Nov. 5-11, 2017: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day



Dec. 2: National Mutt Day


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