National Dog Day Holiday

National Dog Day and all the Pawsome Pet Holidays of 2024 to Celebrate with your Furry Friends

Written By: Michelle Kelgord

Get your paws ready for a year-long adventure of furry festivities in 2024! 

Yes, you read that correctly – humans aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the fun and spirit of the holiday season. There are plenty of pawsome holidays that are geared to bring awareness, celebrate our furry loved ones, or simply be dedicated to having a good time! 

Celebrating dog days is more than just whimsical; it’s a joyful acknowledgment of the unconditional love, companionship, and happiness our four-legged friends bring to our lives. From National Dress Up Your Pet Day to Veterinarian Appreciation Day, these dedicated occasions allow us to honor and cherish our special bond with our canine and feline companions. 

So, why not add an extra dash of delight to these celebrations by trying out some unique ways to revel in the company of your beloved pets?

Discover all the furrtastic holidays happening in 2024 below!

January Pet Holidays


You’ve just finished ringing in the new year with your adorable furry best friend – but that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Kibble. Instead, it’s time to start em”bark”ing on some fun dog-friendly holidays! 

January’s featured dog day is none other than National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Yup, that’s right – it’s finally time to show off your hound’s charming style – and nobody can say anything about it!

Dress up your pup in her favorite outfit and take her for a spin around the doggy park. If you want to be “extra” with this holiday, consider doing a doggy fashion show. Don’t forget your smartphone to douse your Instagram feed with your fashion-forward furry friend. 

Little buddy doesn’t enjoy getting all dressed up? No prob! Plenty of pawsome pet holidays to enjoy with your pooch in January. In fact, January is known as National Train Your Dog Month. So, if your dog needs help in the good behavior department, there’s no better time to do it. It’s also National Walk Your Dog Month, so grab the leash and get strollin’, folks!

Month-Long Observations:

  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • Walk Your Dog Month

Single-Day Holidays in January:

  • Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • Jan. 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
  • Jan. 6: National Standard Poodle Day
  • Jan. 7: National Alaskan Malamute Day
  • Jan. 8: National Labrador Retriever Day
  • Jan. 9: National Australian Shepherd Day
  • Jan. 13: National French Bulldog Day
  • Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Jan 15: National American Eskimo Dog Day
  • Jan. 16: National Bouvier de Flandres Day
  • Jan. 17: National Boxer Day
  • Jan. 19: National Conservation Dog Day
  • Jan. 22: National Yorkshire Terrier Day
  • Jan. 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • Jan. 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • Jan. 24: Peanut Butter Day
  • Jan. 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary
  • Jan. 29: Tuxedo Cat Appreciation Day
February Pet Holidays


Some might think that February is reserved for Valentine’s Day, but these furtastic holidays prove there are more fun ways to enjoy this super-short month. (If you want your doggy to be your date, indulge in February 3rd: Doggie Date Night.)

Although January is known as National Walk Your Dog Month, February has a single day reserved for strolls – February 22nd. On this day, don’t forget to trek around the neighborhood with your pal. 

Here are a few tips to enjoy a refreshing and safe walk on this great holiday!

  • Pick a good route. Avoid areas with heavy traffic or other dangers.
  • Check the weather beforehand. February weather can be unpredictable. Double-check that you’re not running into any extreme temperatures before the ride.
  • Bring water along for the ride. You and your pooch should be adequately hydrated!
  • Don’t forget the leash. Most places require dogs to be on leashes when out and about. Make sure your dog is leashed up and that it fits properly. 
  • (Optional) Bring a treat. Do you love to spoil your dog when they behave well? Then consider bringing some treats along. It’s a holiday, after all, right!?
  • Bring a poop bag. Your furry friend might leave some not-so-friendly presents along the ride. Make sure you bring a bag to dispose of it properly. 

There are a couple of other excellent holidays to enjoy with your buddy in February, including Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week, which focuses on dog well-being, and Pet Theft Awareness Day, which intends to end pet theft. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a more lighthearted holiday, a special day reserved for celebrating your pooch with yummy doggy biscuits. Make the day extra special by making homemade, dog-friendly goodies.

Of course, we couldn’t finish February without mentioning Love Your Pet Day. On this extra special day, your sole purpose is to give your furry friend all the love and attention they deserve. This shouldn’t be a hard one to celebrate. Get them a new toy, and refrain from limiting hugs and kisses.

Month-Long Observations:

  • Beat the Heat Month
  • Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • Feline Fix by Five Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Feb. 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • 3rd full week in February: National Drink Wine with Your Cat Week
  • Feb. 20-27: National Justice for Animals Week

Single-Day Holidays in February:

  • Feb. 1: World Galgo Day
  • Feb. 2: Sled Dog Day
  • Feb. 2: National Brown Dog Day
  • Feb. 3: Doggy Date Night
  • Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • Feb. 5: World Animal Reiki Day
  • Feb. 12: Safety Pup Day
  • Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • Feb. 19: National Boston Terrier Day
  • Feb. 19: National Whippet Day
  • Feb. 20: National Love Your Pet Day
  • Feb. 27: World Spay Day
  • Feb. 21: International Skye Terrier Day
  • Feb. 22: Marie Day (from Aristrocats)
  • Feb. 22: Walking the Dog Day
  • Feb. 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day/National Dog Biscuit Day
March Pet Holidays


March is jam-packed with pawsome pet holidays that you and your furry friend will surely enjoy!

The highlight holiday for March is, of course, National Puppy Day. This day, celebrated on March 23, is reserved for celebrating the magic of having a puppy. There are a few great ways to enjoy this holiday, including:

  • Sharing heartwarming stories. Did you have an adoption story that almost brings you to tears? Share with your friends and remember the unique and life-changing experience that brought your puppy into your life.
  • Sharing photos of puppyhood. If your doggy is a bit older than a puppy, you can share cute pictures of your buddy while they were a puppy to relive the experience.
  • Encourage others to adopt. Adopting your puppy was undeniably one of the best moments in your life. Sharing your story may be all it takes to prompt another future pet owner to take the plunge finally.

As if remembering puppyhood wasn’t enough for your dog-friendly “March Madness,” there are other holidays to enjoy.

March 3rd is known as If Pets Had Thumbs Day. Yes, this is a silly one, but it’s definitely one you won’t regret indulging in. There is also K9 Veterans Day, which is reserved for honoring the brave canines of the military and police force. 

Finally, you can finish March pawlidays strong with Take a Walk in the Park Day. It’s pretty easy to celebrate this one, folks. Just take your dog to the local dog park, go for an extra long walk, then let them run wild (if permitted).

Month-Long Observations:

  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Week-Long Events:

  • March 3-9: Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • March 17-23: National Animal Poison Prevention Week
  • March 17-23: Tick Bite Prevention Week

Single-Day Holidays in March:

  • March 1: National Welsh Corgi Day
  • March 2: International Rescue Cat Day
  • March 3: International Tripawd Awareness Day
  • March 3: What if Cats & Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
  • March 8: International Akita Day
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 15: National Catio Day.
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day
  • March 20: National Westie Day
  • March 20: Dogs in Yellow Day
  • March 22: World Podenco Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 23. Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 25: National Newfoundland Dog Day
  • March 27: National Terrier Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day
April Pet Holidays


Did you know that April boasts more than 20 pet-related holidays? That’s almost a holiday for every day of the month!

The featured dog day for April is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. On this day, future pet parents are encouraged to go out and find their special shelter someone, bring them home, and love them as they’ve never been loved before.

If you already parent a shelter pet, it’s a great time to show off your furry friend all over social media.

Now, we’d love to sit here and talk all day about the furrtastic pet holidays of April, but there are too many to mention. However, we wanted to point out a few of our personal favorites (that we think you’ll love, too):

  • April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Any doggy owner knows that heartworm can be a significant problem, and being proactive is the best approach. Let April constantly remind you to stay on top of your puppy’s health.
  • It’s also Canine Fitness Month. Dogs need exercise, just like you! Ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise – not only in April but throughout the year.
  • Finally, April is also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. This wonderful month-long holiday needs no description. Let’s work together to keep our precious loved ones safe.
  • April 1st -7th – International Pooper Scooper Week – This is another holiday that requires no additional info. Please, don’t forget your pooper scoopers!
  • April 21st – Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – Yes, Bulldogs are beautiful, but here’s a day to highlight them and all of their beauty!
  • April 25th – International Guide Dog Day and April 30th – National Therapy Animal Day – Because these pawesome fellas definitely deserve a day of recognition.

Month-Long Observations:

  • Active Dog Month
  • National Canine Fitness Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Week-Long Events:

  • First week of April: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 14-20: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week
  • April 14-20: National Dog Bite Prevention Week
  • April 17-22: National Pet ID Week
  • April 21-27: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
  • April 28 – May 4: National Scoop The Poop Week

Single-Day Holidays in April:

  • April 1: International Bull Terrier Day
  • April 2: Don’t Walk Your Dog Day (use other methods for exercise)
  • April 4: World Stray Animals Day
  • April 6: Every Day is Tag Day
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 7: National Pet Health Insurance Day
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 17: Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day
  • April 18: Pet Owner’s Independence Day
  • April 19: National Dog Parent Appreciation Day
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day
  • April 19: Sylvester the Cat’s Birthday
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 21: National Pet CBD Day
  • April 22: National Beagle Day
  • April 22: Pet Tech CPR Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 24: International Guide Dog Day
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 26: Hairball Awareness Day
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day
  • April 27: World Veterinary Day
  • April 28: National Pet Parents Day
  • Last Sunday in April: International Search and Rescue Dog Day
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day
  • April 30: National Tabby Day
May Pet Holidays


May is known as Mother’s Day month, but it’s not just about the mommas for hoomins! May’s featured holiday is National Dog Mom’s Day on May 7th. On this extra special day, it’s time to pamper your favorite fur baby mom and show her your appreciation.

May isn’t solely reserved for National Dog Mom’s Day, though. This month is Chip Your Pet Month, showcasing the importance of chipping your pet. It’s also National Specially-Abled Pets Day on May 3rd to highlight these wonderful pets – who are just as important and able as any other pet.

If you want to support a good cause, do it during Puppy Mill Action Week between May 7th and May 13th. 

Oh, and don’t forget to show off your chihuahua during International Chihuahua Appreciation Day on May 14th. 

The final holiday in May is International Hug Your Cat Day. Sure, not all the cats will be “feline” OK with this day, but they deserve the hug anyhow.

Month-Long Observations:

  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Pet Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pet Sitter Safety Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Week-Long Events:

  • April 28-May 4: National Scoop the Poop Week
  • May 5-11: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week
  • May 5-11: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
  • May 5-11: National Pet Week
  • May 5-11: Puppy Mill Action Week
  • May 11-14: Westminster Week

Single-Day Holidays in May:

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 1: International Day of the Podenco
  • May 1: International Samoyed Day
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 5: Mayday for Mutts
  • May 7: National Dog Mom’s Day
  • May 8, 2024: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 10: German Shepherd Day
  • May 11: National Dog Mom’s Day. Second Saturday in May
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 15: Do Lunch With Your Dog Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
  • May 25: International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day
  • May 28: Feast Day of St. Bernard of Montjoux
June Pet Holidays


While many months focus on celebrating furry friends, June steps out from the pack and focuses on veterinarians instead. After all, our little buddies wouldn’t be able to remain in tip-top shape and get the essential care they need without them!

That said, Veterinarian Appreciation Day is the highlight holiday for June. It happens from June 7th through the 13th. During this time, it’s perfectly fine to give your veterinarian a shout-out on social media, bring them a gift, or simply thank all veterinarians for their service. Some telehealth vets worth mentioning include Bond Vet, Televet, and Dutch!

June is also known as Adopt-a-Cat Month, so if you’ve been thinking about adding a feline friend to your family, there’s no better time to do it. But if that’s not your thing and you’d rather celebrate your fave TV cat, Garfield, do it on June 19th – National Garfield the Cat Day!

Another fun holiday worth mentioning is Take Your Pet to Work Week. Now, you’ll have to double-check with your boss if it’s OK. But if they say yes, you can rest assured you’ll have a lively work week with your furry partner in crime!

Month-Long Observations:

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month
  • Social PETworking Month

Week-Long Events:

  • June 2-8: Pet Appreciation Week
  • June 2-8: National Dog Bite Awareness Week
  • June 9-15: National Pet Wedding Week
  • 3rd Week in June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • June 17-21: Take Your Pet to Work Week

Single-Day Holidays in June:

  • June 1: International Sheltie Day
  • June 2: National Greyhound Day
  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 4: International Corgi Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 8: Missing Mutts Awareness Day
  • June 11: World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 12: Peruvian Hairless Dog Day
  • June 15: National Dog Dad Day
  • June 17: Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • June 18: National Internet Cat Day
  • June 18: Veterinary Appreciation Day
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day
  • June 19: National Pets in Film Day
  • June 20: Ugliest Dog Day
  • June 21: National Dog Party Day
  • June 21: Take Your Dog to Work Day
  • June 21: National Dachshund Day
  • June 22: National Pet Choking Prevention Day
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 29: World Day Against Pet Abandonment
July Pet Holidays


In July, it’s all about showcasing our beloved mixed-breed dogs, affectionately called “mutts.” Yup, that’s right – July 31st is National Mutts Day, which is dedicated to showing how much we love mutts and sharing beloved adoption stories.

However, one unique way to enjoy National Mutts Day is to unravel the mystery behind your mutt’s ancestry. You can do this in many ways, but a doggy DNA testing kit is an excellent way. 

Don’t have a mutt? Don’t worry. There are lots of other pawsome holidays in July for you and your canine companion to enjoy. Some of the top picks include:

  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month – For July, focus on preventing lost pets and drawing attention to those still missing.
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month – July is also the month for ensuring your pet is adequately hydrated, especially during the scorching summertime!
  • Pet Remembrance Day – Losing a pet is never easy, and they won’t soon be forgotten. But on July 5th, take some time to remember your lost furry loved ones. 
  • National Kitten Day – Who doesn’t love cute kittens? Share pictures of your adorable kitties!

Finally, a fun holiday to celebrate in July is All-American Pet Photo Day. This is a super fun holiday because you can get outlandish, patriotic, or a mix of both for cute pics with your pets. Snap photos and share them on social media!

Month-Long Observations:

  • Dog House Repair Month
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Week-Long Events:

  • 3rd Week in July: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

Single-Day Holidays in July:

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 4: International Whippet Day
  • July 6: Coon Dog Day
  • July 10: National Kitten Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 14: Dog on a Lead Day
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 15: Feline Leukemia Day
  • July 21: World Collie Day
  • July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 22: AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day or AAHA Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day
August Pet Holidays


“Pawgust” is one month with plenty of holidays to celebrate your furry friends! However, the focus is undeniably on August 26: National Dog Day. As the name suggests, this day is all about dogs and nothing else.

There are countless ways to celebrate National Dog Day. You can keep things simple with a new toy or a pet massage, or you can step outside the box and do something truly memorable.

The great thing about National Dog Day is that many communities celebrate it. You can likely find parades, festivals, picnics, and other dog-friendly events in town. Many areas hold adoption drives to promote dog adoption, and veterinarians may offer discounts and promotions on necessary services.

Two other mentionable holidays happen in August – International Blind Dog Day and DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. These holidays allow us to pay close attention to dogs that might not always get the most love and affection.

Of course, you won’t want to finish Pawgust without celebrating Spoil Your Dog Day. Hey, your furry pal deserves a day of nonstop pampering, doesn’t he? 

Month-Long Observations:

  • Clear the Shelters
  • Itchy Pet Awareness Month
  • National Dog Month
  • Rawgust
  • World Mutt-i-grees Rescue Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Aug. 4-10: International Assistance Dog Week
  • Aug. 4-10: Give a Dog a Bone Week

Single-Day Holidays in August:

  • Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • Aug. 1: National Yorkie Day
  • Aug. 4: Assistance Dog Day
  • Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • Aug. 8: International Cat Day
  • April 8: National Catahoula Day
  • Aug. 8: National Odie Day
  • Aug. 10: Snoopy’s Birthday
  • Aug. 10: National Spoil Your Dog Day
  • Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • Aug. 16: Saint Roch’s Day
  • Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • Aug. 17: International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • Aug. 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • Aug. 23: International Blind Dog Day
  • Aug. 26: National Dog Day
  • Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day
September Pet Holidays


The temperatures might start dropping in September, but the purrific holidays sure don’t! 

The standout holiday of September is National Guide Dog/Service Dog Month. During this month, the goal is to honor all of the incredible work of these amazing service dogs. You can do this by raising awareness, sharing success stories, supporting service dog organizations, and more.

September is also Responsible Dog Ownership Month, where pet owners are reminded of the best ways to care for their doggos. From ensuring they have adequate water, food, and exercise to discussing spaying and neutering needs.

A few other holidays you and your furry pal might enjoy include National Hug Your Hound Day and Deaf Dog Awareness Week, which are genuinely self-explanatory. There is also Remember Me Thursday, an international social media awareness day that draws attention to adoptable pets waiting in shelters.

Month-Long Observations:

  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • Happy Cat Month
  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • National Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • Pet Memorial Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Sept. 15-21: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week
  • Sept. 22-28: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
  • Sept. 22-28: National Dog Week

Single-Day Holidays in September:

  • Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 1: Boykin Spaniel Day
  • Sept. 5: National White Cat Day
  • Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 8: National Pet Memorial Day
  • Sept. 8: National Hug Your Hound Day
  • Sept. 9: Tuxie Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • Sept. 13: Scooby-Doo Day
  • Sept. 15: National Pet Carbon Monoxide Safety Day
  • Sept. 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day
  • Sept. 19: National Cat DNA Day
  • Sept. 21: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • Sept. 21: National Cat and Dog Gut Health Awareness Day
  • Sept. 21: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • Sept. 22: National Walk ‘n’ Roll Dog Day
  • Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day
  • Sept. 23: Adopted Dog Day
  • Sept. 25: National Schnauzer Day
  • Sept. 26: Remember Me Thursday
  • Sept. 27: Sighthound Day
  • Sept. 28: World’s Largest Pet Walk
  • Sept. 28: World Rabies Day
  • Sept. 28: Old Yeller Day
  • Sept. 29: Maneki-Neko Day or Beckoning Cat Day
  • Sept. 29: International Doodle Dog Day
  • Sept. 30: National Puppy Mill Survivor Day
October Pet Holidays


Although you’ll likely be shopping around for doggy costumes throughout October, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop to enjoy some holidays along the way. After all, October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so you’ll want to promote adoption with your inspiring stories.

That’s not the only way to enjoy this month-long holiday, though! Pet owners are also encouraged to promote local adoption events to get more furry friends out of the shelter. You can also share the benefits of adoption, tips, and resources.

While doing all you can to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, don’t forget that October 1st is a “triple threat” in the pawsome holiday community. On this day, you’ll have:

  • National Walk Your Dog Week

  • National Fire Pup Day

  • National Black Dog Day

Month-Long Observations:

  • Adopt A Dog Month
  • Black Cat Awareness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pet CBD Month
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • Small Dog Awareness Month
  • World Animal Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Oct. 6-12: National Walk Your Dog Week
  • Oct. 6-12: Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)
  • Oct. 13-19: National Veterinary Technician Week
  • Third week of October: National Wolf Awareness Week

Single-Day Holidays in October:

  • Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day
  • Oct. 2: Canine Companion Day
  • Oct. 4: World Animal Day
  • Oct. 4: Kindness to Animals Day
  • Oct. 9: CATober 9th
  • Oct. 10: World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day
  • Oct. 11: National Spoodle Day
  • Oct. 11: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Oct. 11: Vet Nurse Day
  • Oct. 15: National Pug Day
  • Oct. 16: Global Cat Day
  • Oct. 19: National Fetch Day
  • Oct. 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • Oct. 22: National Make a Dog’s Day
  • Oct. 26: National Livestock Guardian Dog Appreciation and Awareness Day
  • Oct. 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
  • Oct. 29: National Cat Day
  • Oct. 30: National Treat Your Pet Day
November Pet Holidays


Most people correlate November with Thanksgiving, and they’d be correct. And on this day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show how thankful you are for your canine companion. While you’re awaiting the feasting holiday, though, you can indulge in National Senior Pet Month.

During National Senior Pet Month, the goal is to raise awareness about how wonderful senior pets are – although they are often overlooked due to their age. If you’re a proud parent to a senior pet, it’s the best time to share your story and honor your lovely dog – oh, and don’t forget plenty of kisses and snuggles!

If you don’t own a senior pet, some other essential and fun holidays are happening in November. Alongside National Senior Pet Month, you will also find Pet Cancer Awareness Month and Pet Diabetes Month. Raising awareness is crucial, as these are two diseases that can kill our beloved furry best friends.

Finally, November 4th through the 10th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Focus on showing support and gratitude for all that shelters do. You can also donate! Call and check with your local shelter to see what they need.

Month-Long Observations:

  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pet Diabetes Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Nov. 3-9: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
  • Nov. 10-16: Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week

Single-Day Holidays in November:

  • Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • Nov. 1: International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day
  • Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • Nov. 12: World Animal Enrichment Day
  • Nov. 15: National Shop with Your Dog Day
  • Nov. 16: National Slobber Appreciation Day
  • Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day
  • Nov. 18: National Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Awareness, Research and Education Day
  • Nov. 19: National Get a Pal For Your Pet Day
  • Nov. 23: Thankful for My Dog Day
  • Nov. 24: National Border Collie Day
  • Nov. 28: National Dog Show
  • Nov. 30: World Pet Day
December Pet Holidays


December is peak holiday time, but don’t solely consider the human holidays. There are so many pet-focused holidays to celebrate along the way!

The featured holiday for December is National Cat Lovers Month. Simply put, you can spend the entire month embracing the charm of furry felines and giving your kitty some extra snuggles and treats. 

There are next to no doggy holidays besides National Mutt Day on December 2nd and Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 5th.

Other than that, the last holiday you won’t want to miss is International Day of Veterinary Medicine

Month-Long Observations:

  • National Cat Lover’s Month

Week-Long Events:

  • Dec. 1: National Twin With Your Dog Day
  • Dec. 2: National Mutt Day
  • Dec. 5: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dec. 10: International Animal Rights Day
  • Dec. 11: Holiday Food Drive for the Needy Animals Day
  • Dec. 15: National Cat Herders Day

Single-Day Holidays in December:

  • Dec. 1: National Twin With Your Dog Day
  • Dec. 2: National Mutt Day
  • Dec. 5: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dec. 10: International Animal Rights Day
  • Dec. 11: Holiday Food Drive for the Needy Animals Day
  • Dec. 15: National Cat Herders Day

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