It's only normal for me to be attracted to the unique and bizarre so, by natural selection, I've chosen the "List of Bizarre and Unique Pet Holidays" for my next blog (along with added bonus animal holidays I thought were informative and interesting).
List of Bizarre and Unique Pet Holidays
"January - Adopt-a-Rescued-Bird Month.
February - Responsible Pet Owners Month.
March - Dolphin Awareness Month.
April - National Frog Month.
I love, I love, I love, I love my calendar pet
Each and every day of the year!"
Okay, okay, I know Dolphins are not exactly pets, but they're still cute!
Pet and animal lovers alike enjoy celebrating their pets, so why not have special days set aside to do just that throughout the year by day, month, and week. (Note that the following dates may vary slightly from year to year.)
January is not only "Adopt a Rescued Bird Month" but also "National Train Your Dog Month" and "National Walk Your Pet Month."
JAN 21: Y'all can go nuts for Squirrel Appreciation Day
JAN 22: Be prepared to answer your cat's purrfect questions on National Answer Your Cat's Question Day! Because everyday is "URcatday!"
JAN 29: The Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday
February is "Responsible Pet Owners Month" as well as "National Prevent a Litter Month" (Humane Society) and "Pet Dental Health Month."
Valentines Week marks Have a Heart for Chained Dogs week, a time when we all should care for those mistreated canines chained to our hearts.
FEB 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
FEB 20: Love Your Pet Day
FEB 22: Put on your favorite walking shoes for Walking the Dog Day
I have a friend who really loves her pet sitting job, so this one's for you "Sue," the 1st week of March is Professional Pet Sitter's Week!
MAR 01: Oink! Oink! The first day of March observes National Pig Day
MAR 01: But let's not forget our equestrian friends because the same day is National Horse Protection Day.
MAR 13: We'd really be in trouble "If Pets Had Thumbs Day." (Monkey owners, no need to comment!)
MAR 13: This same day we honor the brave dogs who serve because it's K9 Veterans Day. Thanks to all the K9 vets!
"Pet Poison Prevention Week" is the 3rd week in March
MAR 18: Sparky the Fire Dog's Birthday - happy birthday Sparky!
April is an awareness month. This is "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month" and "National Pet First Aid Awareness Month." But don't ignore "National Heartworm Awareness Month" for a healthy pet because it is also "National Pet Month."
APR 01 - 07: The first week of April is Be Kind to Spiders Week. I'm sure all my readers will comply.
Also, the first week of the month is International Pooper Scooper Week so scoop up that poop because your dogs paw print can affect the environment!
The 2nd week of April marks "National Animal Control Appreciation Week."
APR 11: The 11th marks National Pet Day while the 3rd week in April is "National Pet ID Week."
APR 26: National Kids & Pets Day!
The last Saturday in April closes the month with "World Veterinary Day."
The first week of May is "National Pet Week." This week is also "Be Kind to Animals Week" plus "Puppy Mill Action Week!"
"Animal Disaster Preparedness Day" lands in the 2nd Saturday in May while the 3rd week lands "National Dog Bite Prevention Week."
JUN 04: Hug Your Cat Day
JUN 12: Remember your passed pets on June 12th, "Pet Memorial Day."
JUN 20: Take Your Dog to Work Day
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week is from June 20th through the 26th
JUN 21: Cuckoo Warning Day
Whoops, almost forgot "Donald Duck Day" on June 9th. Walt Disney would've never forgiven me!
JUL 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
JUL 31: Mutt Day
AUG 05: Work Like a Dog Day
AUG 08: World Cat Day
AUG 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
"Pet Fashion Week" is the last week of August.
AUG 30: National Holistic Pet Day
This is National Pet Insurance Month.
The last week of September marks "National Dog Week."
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and "National Animal Safety and Protection Month." Also "National Animal Pet Wellness Month" is throughout October.
"National Pet Obesity Awareness Day" is the 2nd Wednesday in October.
OCT 16: National Feral Cat Day
OCT 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day (My dog loves celebrating this holiday!)
NOV 17: National Black Cat Day
DEC 15: Cat Herding Day is the 15th so visit the Joy of Cat Herding Blog and get some expert advice for solving cat behavior problems.
Most of the days celebrating pets and animals have been created to increase awareness and promote health and welfare of animals (while others are just for fun!)
If you want to get involved or volunteer, check with your local pet shelters, animal hospitals, rescue groups, etc. You'll be amazed to discover how many organizations observe these pet holidays and host special events! So get out there and enjoy some special days with your family and your pet!
By Tom Matteo