Pet Specific Holidays

Did you know that there are multiple days throughout the year dedicated to your pet? Of course, most of us don’t celebrate these holidays but here at Leesville Animal Hospital we still think they’re fun!

Holidays For Your Pet

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January is “National Walk Your Pet Month,” “National Train Your Dog Month” and National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month!

Jan. 2, 2013: National Pet Travel Safety Day.

Jan. 14, 2013: National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

Jan. 22, 2013: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.

Jan. 24, 2013: Change a Pet’s Life Day.


February is “National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month,” “National Responsible Pet Owners Month,” “National Responsible Animal Guardian Month,” “National Prevent a Litter Month,” “National Pet Dental Health Month,” “National Unchain a Dog Month” and National Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.

Feb. 7-14, 2013: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.

Feb. 11-12, 2013: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show.

Feb. 14, 2013: Pet Theft Awareness Day.

Feb. 17-23, 2013: National Justice for Animals Week.

Feb. 20, 2013: Love Your Pet Day.

Feb. 22, 2013: Walking the Dog Day.

February 23, 2013: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Feb. 26, 2013: World Spay Day (held on the last Tuesday of February.)


March is “National Poison Prevention Awareness Month” and “National Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.”

March 2, 2013: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins.

March 3, 2013: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.

March 3-9, 2013: Professional Pet Sitters Week.

March 7-10, 2013: Crufts dog show.

March 17-23, 2013: National Poison Prevention Week.

March 23: National Puppy Day.


April is “National Pet First Aid Awareness Month,” “National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month” and “National Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.”

April 7-13, 2013: Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

April 11, 2013: National Pet Day.

April 18, 2013: Pet Owners Independence Day.

The third week in April is Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week.

The third week in April is National Pet ID Week.

April 26, 2013: National Kids and Pets Day celebrating the special bond between children and pets.

Late April: World Veterinary Day (always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.)

April 27, 2013: Hairball Awareness Day.


May is “National Pet Month,” “National Service Dog Eye Examination Month” and ” National Chip Your Pet Month.”

May 5-11, 2013: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week (this is always the first full week of May.)

May 5-11, 2013: National Pet Week (always held the first full week of May.)

May 6-12 2013: Puppy Mill Action Week (an initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.)

Second Saturday in May. Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

May 16-19, 2013: World Dog Show Hungary.

May 29-25, 2013: Dog Bite Prevention Week.


June is “National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month,” “National Adopt-a-Cat Month®” and “National National Pet Preparedness Month.”

June 4, 2013: Hug Your Cat Day.

1st week in June is Pet Appreciation Week.

June 10, 2013: World Pet Memorial Day.

mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.

June 21, 2013: Take Your Dog to Work Day.

June 21, 2013: National Dog Party Day.


July is “National Dog House Repairs Month.”

July 15, 2013: National Pet Fire Safety Day.

July 31, 2013: Mutt’s Day


Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs.

Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day.

Aug. 4-10, 2013: International Assistance Dog Week.

Aug. 17, 2013: International Homeless Animals’ Day.

Late August. Pet Fashion Week held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

Aug. 26, 2013: National Dog Day celebrating shelter dogs.

Aug. 30. National Holistic Pet Day.


September is “National Disaster Preparedness Month.”

Second Sunday in September is National Pet Memorial Day.

4th week in September:  National Dog Week.

Last full week in September is Deaf Pet Awareness Week.

Sept. 23, 2013: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians.

Sept. 28, 2013: World Rabies Day.


October is “National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month,” “National Pet Wellness Month,” “National Adopt-A-Dog Month®” and “National Animal Safety and Protection Month.”

1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week.

October 4: World Pets’ Day

1st Week of October. Animal Welfare Week (AVMA)

mid-October: National Veterinary Technician Week.

Oct. 16, 2013: National Feral Cat Day.

Late October. National Pit Bull Awareness Day.

Oct. 28, 2013: Plush Animal Lovers Day.


November is “National Senior Pet Month,” “National Pet Diabetes Month,” “National Pet Awareness Month,” “National Pet Cancer Awareness Month,” “National Adopt a Senior Dog Month” and it’s the month of the year for the National Dog Show!

Nov. 3-9, 2013: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

Nov. 17, 2013: National Take a Hike Day.

Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day.


Dec. 2, 2013: National Mutt Day.

Dec. 14-15, 2013: AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show.

A special thanks to Dog Tipper ( ) for the listing of pet themed holidays!