May Pet Calendar

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MAY PET CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE

Celebrate these holidays with your pets. Take some of the more “human-centric” holidays and see if you can spin them into a way to celebrate with your pets. Share your creativity with us on our Facebook page!

Share your holiday story with us. If you’re a blogger, contact us (and please put Pet Calendar in the subject line) if you have a pet holiday story you would like us to link to.  We have added a few quirky holidays (where you see “Story Idea” below)  to give you some ideas.

Monthly Holidays

National Pet Month (US)

International Respect of Chickens Month

Duckling Month

Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)

Chip Your Pet Month

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 200 veterinary optholmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada.

Weekly & Daily Holidays

First week

American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.

National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association

May 1: Mayday for Mutts

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day

May 4: Bird Day

May 5: Cinco De Mayo

Second Week

Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mothshutterstock_32429221er’s Day

May 14: Mother’s Day

May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Third Week

Dog Bite Prevention Week. This event by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) along with the United States Post Office (USPS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focuses attention on preventing dog bites. 3rd full week in May.

May 21: Armed Forces Day

May 23: World Turtle Day

Fourth Week

May 28: Slug Appreciation Day

May 29: Memorial Day

May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day

Check out our annual Pet Calendar At-A-Glance

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.