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A Year of Cat and Dog Holidays to Celebrate

Your Guide to 12 Months of Pet Celebrations

By Kat Sherbo. October 15, 2013 | See Comments

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Have you heard of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day or Hug Your Cat Day? What about National Puppy Day or National Black Cat Day? From the silly to the serious, these pet holidays have the whole year covered.

Pet parents love to celebrate their furry family members any way they can. And pet organizations the world over use pet holidays to raise awareness about important issues. Between these two forces, there's hardly a week of the year that isn't spoken for by some pet celebration or another! Take a look at the whole year's worth of cat and dog holidays.

January

National Train Your Dog Month - From the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Walk Your Pet Month - Observed by the Animal Medical Hospital and Urgent Care of Charlotte, NC, the CATalyst Council, and more

Unchain a Dog Month - Celebrated by PETA

Jan 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day - Organized by the Animal Miracle Foundation

Jan 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day - Organized by the Animal Miracle Foundation

Jan 22: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day - Observed by PetCentric by Purina, The Conscious Cat, CVMA, The Huffington Post, and more

Jan 24: Change a Pet's Life Day - Observed by the LA Times, Examiner, FidoFriendly, and more

Jan 29: Seeing Eye Dog Day - Official holiday in New Jersey since 1999

February

Spay & Neuter Awareness Month - By The Humane Society of the United States

National Prevent a Litter Month - Celebrated by North Shore Animal League, The National Humane Education Society, and many more.

Dog Training Education Month - From Dog Training Central

Pet Dental Health Month - Celebrated by AVMA

Responsible Pet Owner's Month - A month to remember to spay and neuter our pets, get vet checkups, and keep our houses pet-safe.

Last Full Week in February: National Justice for Animals Week - From the Animal Legal Defense Fund

Westminster Dog Show - Held one weekend in February in NYC's Madison Square Garden

Feb 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day - From Last Chance for Animals

Feb 20: Love Your Pet Day - A day to love your pet -- even more than usual!

Feb 22: Walking the Dog Day - We've gathered these 5 reasons to take your dog for a walk.

Feb 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day - Give your dog a special treat!

Feb 25: World Spay Day - From The Humane Society of the United States

March

1st Full Week in March: Professional Pet Sitters' Week - Hosted by Pet Sitters International

3rd Week in March: Poison Prevention Week - Be sure you know what foods are poisonous to cats and dogs, and which plants are poisonous to pets.

March 1: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day - What would your pet do? Or maybe they're already crafty enough with their paws!

March 23: National Puppy Day - From the Animal Miracle Foundation

April

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month - Started by the ASPCA

Pet First Aid Awareness Month - Hosted by the American Red Cross

2nd Week of April: Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week - From the National Animal Control Association

3rd Week of April: National Pet ID Week - Observed by AVMA, Chicago Now, Examiner, and more. 

April 11: National Pet Day - A holiday to celebrate and spread awareness about pet adoptions.

April 26: National Kids and Pets Day - By the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network

Last Saturday of April: World Veterinary Day - Started by the World Veterinary Association in 2000.

May

Lyme Disease Awareness Month - Observed by LymeDisease.org and the CDC, we should be mindful of our pets this month too, especially cats and dogs that are often outside in tick-heavy areas.

Chip Your Pet Month - Observed by animal clinics and hospitals, often offering discounts on pet microchipping.

First Full Week of May: National Pet Week - Hosted by AVMA to "promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine."

1st Full Week of May: Be Kind to Animals Week - Hosted by the American Humane Association

1st Full Week of May: Puppy Mill Action Week - Started by Humane Society International

3rd Week in May: National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Celebrated by AVMA

May 8: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day - Hosted by FEMA and the ASPCA

June

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest - This competition held in California crowns an Ugliest Dog each year

Adopt a Cat Month - From the American Humane Association

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month - From the ASPCA

National Pet Preparedness Month - Celebrated by the American Humane Association at the beginning of hurricane season to urge pet parents to make a disaster plan.

1st Week in June: Pet Appreciation Week - Celebrated by Hartz, Furminator, and more.

3rd Week in June: Animal Rights Awareness Week - Begun in 1999 by In Defense of Animals

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day - Just make sure your cat likes hugs!

2nd Sunday in June: World Pet Memorial Day - A day to remember and be thankful for the great times we've had with pets who've crossed the rainbow bridge.

Friday After Father's Day: Take Your Dog to Work Day - Started in 1999 by Pet Sitters International

Friday After Father's Day: National Dog Party Day - Partnering with Take Your Dog to Work Day, this event extends the celebration into the night!

July

Dog House Repairs Month - Observed by Examiner, ModernDog, and more

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day - Hosted by ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club

July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day - Celebrated by Sew DoggyStyle, DogTipper, and more

July 31: National Mutt Day - From the Animal Miracle Network, and yes, there's another in December!

August

National Immunization Awareness Month - Hosted by the CDC and the National Public Health Information Coalition. This is a perfect time to get up to date on your shots, as well as making sure your pets are up to date on theirs.

1st Full Week of Aug: International Assistance Dog Week - To honor assistance dogs and educate the public about the work they do.

Aug 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs - Declared by The North Shore Animal League

Aug 5: Work Like a Dog Day - A day to honor professional dogs like service dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, and more.

Aug 16: International Homeless Animals' Day - Hosted by the International Society for Animal Rights

Aug 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day - Celebrated by National Geographic and plenty of shelters who'll offer adoption discounts on black cats.

Aug 26: National Dog Day - Organized by the Animal Miracle Network

Aug 30: National Holistic Pet Day - Organized by the Animal Miracle Foundation, celebrated by Halo Pets and more

September

National Disaster Preparedness Month - Hosted by FEMA and the CDC

Happy Healthy Cat Month - Started by CATalyst Council

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days - Hosted all over the US during September, with one flagship event hosted by the AKC, these events aim to encourage pet parents to invest in education and training for themselves and their dogs.

Last Week of Sept: National Dog Week - Celebrated by Examiner, Cute Overload, and more

Last Week of Sept: Deaf Pet Awareness Week - Celebrated by Deaf Dogs Rock, among many more

2nd Sunday in Sept: National Pet Memorial Day - A day to remember our friends who have passed on.

Sept 23: Dogs in Politics Day - Celebrating the dogs of national figures, of course

Sept 28: World Rabies Day - Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control

October

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - From the ASPCA

Adopt a Dog Month - From the American Humane Association

Pit Bull Awareness Month - To celebrate these often misunderstood dogs

National Pet Wellness Month - Launched in 2004 by the AVMA and Fort Dodge Animal Health

Animal Safety and Protection Month - A time to remind pet parents to have a pet fire safety plan and a disaster plan.

Black Cat Month - Showing the world the beauty of black cats

Oct 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week

Oct 4: World Pets' Day - Traditionally a day for pets to be brought to churches for blessings.

Oct 9: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day - Hosted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

Oct 28: Plush Animal Lovers' Day - A perfect excuse to buy your pet a new chew toy!

November

Adopt a Senior Dog Month - From the ASPCA

National Senior Pet Month - Celebrated by animal shelters and hospitals around the country

National Pet Awareness Month - Hosted by Kong

Pet Cancer Awareness Month - From the Pet Cancer Awareness Program

Pet Diabetes Month - From Merck Animal Health

First Full Week: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week - From The Humane Society of the United States

Nov 17: National Take a Hike Day - Get out in the great outdoors and hike with your dog!

December

Dec 2: National Mutt Day - From the Animal Miracle Network, and yes, there's another in July!

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