The Complete List of Pet Holidays in 2021

The Complete List of Pet Holidays in 2021

We’ve compiled a list of pet holidays that you can utilize when making social media posts, blog posts, and more for your pet business! 

Sources: DogTipper DoxDesign


January Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

Walk Your Pet Month

National Train Your Dog Month

Unchain a Dog Month

Day Celebrations

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

January 8: National Labrador Retriever Day

January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet 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 

Beat the Heat Month

Pet Dental Health Month

National Prevent a Litter 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: Sled Dog Day

February 3: Doggie Date Night

February 3: National Golden Retriever Day

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 19: National Boston Terrier Day

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 22: Walking the Dog Day

February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day


March Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Week-Long Celebrations

March 1–7: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 21–27: National Poison Prevention Week

Day Celebrations

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 13: K-9 Veterans 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. (ASPCA)

National Pet Month. (UK)

Week-Long Celebrations

April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week.

April 1-7National Raw Feeding Week.

April 11-17: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (2nd full week in April)

April 11-17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week (2nd full week in April)

April 18-24: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (3rd full week in April)

April 18-24: National Pet ID Week (3rd full week in April)

April 26-May 2: National Scoop the Poop Week.

Day Celebrations

April 3: Every Day is Tag Day (first Saturday in April)

April 4: World Stray Animals Day

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: National Beagle 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 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. (US)

National Foster Care Month.

Responsible Animal Guardian Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. 

Chip Your Pet Month.

National Service Animal Eye Exam.

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

Day Celebrations

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 2: Mayday for Mutts (first Sunday in May)

May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

May 8: National Dog Mom’s Day (second Saturday in May)

May 9: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day

May 30: International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 1: International Sheltie Day

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 8: Best Friends Day

June 8: World Pet Memorial Day (second Tuesday in June)

June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day®

June 21: International Dachshund 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

Week-Long Celebrations

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

Day Celebrations

July 1: ID Your Pet Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo 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 26: National Dog Photography Day

July 31: International Friendship Day

July 31: Mutt’s Day



August Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

Rawgust (celebration of raw feeding for pets)

National Immunization Awareness 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 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 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

National Cat Month

National Service Dog Month

National Pet Insurance Month

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Pet Sitter Education Month

Animal Pain Awareness 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 1: Boykin Spaniel Day (South Carolina Dog)

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 13: Scooby-Doo 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: National Walk ‘n’ Roll Dog Day (Honoring dogs in wheelchairs and with mobility challenges)

September 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers 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: World’s Largest Pet Walk

September 25: Old Yeller Day

September 28: World Rabies Day


October Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

Adopt-A-Dog Month®. By American Humane Association.

Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. By ASPCA.

National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

National Pet Wellness Month.

National Pit Bull 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 2: Poodle Day

October 4: World Animal Day

October 13: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 16: Global Cat 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)

October 31: Halloween (Don’t forget to dress up your pet!)



November Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.

National Senior Pet Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. 

Pet Diabetes Month.

Week-Long Celebrations

November 1–7: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (first full week of November)

Day Celebrations

November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 1: International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day

November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

November  15: National Philanthropy Day

November 16: National Slobber Day

November  17: National Take a Hike Day

November 20: National Adoption Day

November 25: National Dog Show (always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving)


December Pet Holidays


Month-Long Celebrations

National Cat Lovers’ Month

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Day Celebrations

December 2: National Mutt Day

December 5: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day

December 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine 

December 15: National Cat Herders Day

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