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Here’s a list of all National pet holidays to celebrate

If you love your pet as much as we love ours, then we know you’re always looking for a reason to celebrate them. Throughout the year there are SO MANY national pet holidays that it’s easy to lose track. So fear not pet lovers, we made it easy to find a reason to celebrate your four-legged friend in every month! (We’re only listing holidays related to dogs and cats)


January 2: National Pet Safety Travel Day
January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 14: National Seeing Eye Dog Day
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

*January is also: Walk Your Pet Month and National Train Your Dog Month


February 14: National Pet Theft Awareness Day
February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
February 22: National Walk Your Dog Day
February 23: International Dog Biscuit Day
Last Tuesday of February: Spay Day USA/World Spay Day

*February is also: Pet Dental Health Month, Dog Training Education Month, National Cat Health Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, Unchain a Dog Month, National Prevent a Litter Month and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month


March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
March 23: National Puppy Day
March 28: Respect Your Cat Day


April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
First Wednesday of the month: National Walking Day
April 11: National Pet Day
April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30: National Tabby Day
Last Saturday of April: World Veterinary Day
Last Sunday of April: National Pet Parents Day

*April is also: National Heartworm Awareness Month, National Greyhound Adoption Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, National Pet Month, Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month and Prevention of  Cruelty to Animals Month


First Sunday of May: Mayday For Mutts
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day
May 3: Hug Your Cat Day
May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day

*May is also: Chip Your Pets Month, National Service Dog Eye Examination Month


June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day
June 8: National Best Friends Day
June 19: National Garfield Day
June 21: National Dog Party Day

*June is also: Adopt-a-cat Month, Adopt-a-Shelter-cat Month, National Pet Preparedness Month, National Microchipping Month


July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day
July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
July 30: International Day of Friendship
July 31: National Mutt Day

*July is also: Dog House Repair Month, National Lost Pet Prevention Month


August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
August 8: International Cat Day
August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
August 15: National Check the Chip Day
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
August 26: National Dog Day
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day
Third Saturday of August: International Homeless Animals Day

*August is also: National Immunization Awareness Month, Month of ‘DOGust’


September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
September 4: National Wildlife Day
September 28: World Rabies Day
Second Sunday of September: National Pet Memorial Day
Second Sunday of September: National Hug Your Hound Day
Third Saturday of September : Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Third Saturday of September : Puppy Mill Awareness Day

*September is also: Happy Healthy Cat Month, National Guide Dogs Month, National Pet Insurance Month, Animal Pain Awareness Month, National Pet Memorial Month, National Service Dog Month


Second Wednesday of October: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 1: National Fire Pup Day
October 1: National Black Dog Day
October 4: World Animal Day
October 16: Global Cat Day
October 28: National Pit Butt Awareness Day
October 30: National Black Cat Day

*October is also: National Pit Bull Awareness Month, Adopt-a-Dog Month, Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month


November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

*November is also: Pet Cancer Awareness Month, National Senior Pet  Month, Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Pet Diabetes Month


December 2: National Mutt Day (Round 2)

*December is also: Cat Lover’s Month

If this list makes you want to go out and get a dog or cat to celebrate these national pet holidays, here are some tips to think about when adopting a pet. Or maybe head to this coffee cat cafe.

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