Pet Calendar Year-At-A-Glance

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How can you celebrate the special bond you have with your pet? We have taken the time to compile this list of 2017 Pet Celebrations, Holidays and Awareness-Raising Events to help you celebrate that bond every month (and day!) of the year. Welcome to our 2017 Pet Celebrations Calendar!

2017 pet holiday calendar

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!

January

National Train Your Dog Month

Walk Your Pet Month

Hot Tea Month

Oatmeal Month

It’s OK To Be Different Month (Tri-pawds came to mind!)

Blended Family Month (Think adding new pets to your existing family)

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Daily and Weekly Celebrations

January 1: New Year’s Day

First week of January: Celebration of Life & Lose Weight, Feel Great Week

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

Second week of January: Letter Writing Week, Thank Your Customers Week, “Someday We’ll Laugnational travel with your peth About This” Week

January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 16: Martin Luther King Day

Third week of January: Healthy Weight Week (write about your pet and his or her healthy weight)

January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

Fourth week of January: Kiss A Shark Week, Hot Air Balloon Week (write about unique travel with your pets), National Glaucoma Week (write about eye health in pets)

January 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

FEBRUARY

Monthly Holidays

Beat the Heat Month

Dog Training Education Month

National Cat Health Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States)

Pet Dental Health Month

Responsible Pet Owners Month

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Monthrescued rabbit

National Prevent a Litter Month

Unchain a Dog Month

Weekly & Daily Holidays

Second week in February: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.

February 13-14: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

Third week in February: National Justice for Animals Week

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 22: Walking the Dog Day

February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 28: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February

February 28: Spay Day USA. Last Tuesday of February

MARCH

Monthly Holidays

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Monthguinea pig

Weekly & Daily Holidays

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 5-11: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 9-12: Crufts. Held in Birmingham, England, this is the world’s largest dog show, featuring nearly 28,000 canines in its four days

March 13: K-9 Veterans Day

March 19-25: National Poison Prevention Week

March 22: World Water Day

March 23: National Puppy Day

March 30: Take a Walk in The Park Day

APRIL

Monthly Holidays

National Greyhound Adoption Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (ASCPA)

National Pet Month (UK)

Weekly & Daily Holidays

April 1: April Fool’s Dayshutterstock_385147015

April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week

April 2: Every Day is Tag Day. Always the first Saturday in April

April 8: National Dog Fight Awareness Day

April 11: National Pet Day

April 9-15: Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April

April 17-23: National Pet ID Week

April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day

April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 16-22: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States

Third week in April. National Pet ID Week

April 28: Hairball Awareness Day

April 26: National Kids & Pets Day

April 29: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: National Tabby Day

MAY

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 provide 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 Dayspecially abled pet

May 5: Cinco De Mayo

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 13: Frog Jumping Day

May 14: Mother’s Day

May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness

May 21: Armed Forces Day

May 23: World Turtle 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 7-13: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association

May 8-13: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day

May 20-27: 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. Third full week in May.

JUNE

Monthly Holidays

Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA

National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.shutterstock_395290360

Weekly & Daily Holidays

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 4-10: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June

June 8: Best Friends Day

June 9: World Pet Memorial Day

June 11: Just One Day

June 14: 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: Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 26: Forgiveness Day

JULY

Monthly Holidays

Dog House Repair Month

National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.

Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Make sure your pets are drinking enough water during the hot summer. Launched by PetSafe.

Weekly & Daily Holidays

July 4: Independence Day. This US holiday is no holiday for dogs; the sounds of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year

July 6: World Kiss Day

July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic Day

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC)

July 15 & 16: Celebration of the Horse

July 16: World Snake Day

July 17: Global Hug Your Kid Day (You know you consider your pets your kids, so hug them up!)

July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day

July 23: Clear The Shelters Day

July 31: National Mutt Day.

AUGUST

Weekly & Daily Holidays

August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!

August 5: Work Like a Dog Day

August 6-12: International Assistance Dog Week

international cat dayAugust 8: International Cat Day

August 15: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”

August 15: International Homeless Animals’ Day

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 19: International Homeless Animals’ Day®

August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

SEPTEMBER

Monthly Holidays

Happy Healthy Cat Month. Established by the CATalyst Council

National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Weekly & Daily Holidays

September 10: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC). Second Sunday in September

September 10: National Hug Your Hound Day

September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day

Last full week in September: National Dog Week

Last full week in September. Deaf Pet Awareness Week. By Petfinder.com

September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day. A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment. Sponsored by the MBJungle Foundation

September 16: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians

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

September 28: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control

OCTOBER

Monthly Holidays

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

National Service Dog Month

Weekly & Daily Holidays

1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week

October 4: World Animal Day

First Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)

October 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 9-15: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America

national fire dog dayOctober 1: National Fire Pup Day

October 1: National Black Dog Day

October 15: Dog Film Festival, New York City

October 16: National Feral Cat Day

October 28: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen)

October 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff them…

October 29: National Cat Day

Octpber 30: National Black Cat Day in the UK

NOVEMBER

Monthly Holidays

Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA

National Pet Awareness Month

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events)

Pet Diabetes Month

Weekly & Daily Holidays

National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. Sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, the event features 2,000 dogs

November 1: National Cook For Your Pets Day

November 6: National Healthy Eating Day

November 13: World Kindness Day

November 5-11: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November

November 17: National Take a Hike Day

November 17: National Black Cat Day

November 23: Thanksgiving Day (US)

DECEMBER

December 2: National Mutt Day. Also see July 31

December 5: Bathtub Party Day

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day

December 12: Poinsettia Day

December 14: Monkey Day

December 15: Cat Herder’s Day

December 24Channukah

December 25: Christmas

December 26: Boxing Day (Canada)

December 26: Kwaanza begins

December 31: New Year’s Eve

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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.