May Pet CalendarLarry Kay
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.
National Pet Month (US)
International Respect of Chickens Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)
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
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
Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day
May 14: Mother’s Day
May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
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
May 28: Slug Appreciation Day
May 29: Memorial Day
May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day