May Pet Calendar


Monthly Holidays

National Pet Month (US)

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 shutterstock_32429221provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada.

Weekly & Daily Holidays

May 1: Mayday for Mutts

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day

May 5: Cinco De Mayo

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness

May 21: Armed Forces Day

May 30: Memorial Day

1st full 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.

May 1-7: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association

May 2-8: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 15-21: 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.

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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.