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2021 Pet Holiday Guide


1/11/2021

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We’ll take any reason to celebrate our furry friends this year! Have you marked your pooch’s birthday on the calendar yet? Have you highlighted the date of your cat’s adopti-versary yet? Now’s the time! There’s no better way to spend the year than with our favorite buddies! (And, of course you know we have a great way to celebrate – with some delicious Wellness treats!)

January

This Month:

  • Walk Your Pet Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month

On This Day:

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 5: National Bird Day
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • January 29: Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary

February

This Month:

  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (AKA Beat the Heat Month)

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • February 7–14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • February 15–16: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show
  • February 23–29: National Justice for Animals Week

On This Day:

  • February 2: Groundhog Day
  • February 3: Doggie Date Night
  • February 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22: Walking the Dog Day
  • February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day
  • February 25: World Spay Day
  • February 25: Spay Day USA

March

This Month:

  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • National Frozen Food Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • March 1–7: Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • March 21–27: National Poison Prevention Week

On This Day:

  • March 1: National Pig Day
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 23. Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

April

This Month:

  • Canine Fitness Month
  • Active Dog 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-Worthy Celebrations:

  • April 1–7: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1–7: National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 11–17: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (second full week in April)
  • April 11–17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week (second full week in April)
  • April 18–24: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (third week in April)
  • April 18–24: National Pet ID Week (third week in April)
  • April 23–29: National Scoop the Poop Week

On This Day:

  • April 1: April Fool’s Day
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 11: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 24: World Veterinary Day (last Saturday in April)
  • April 25: National Pet Parents Day (last Sunday in April)
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 28: International Guide Dog Day (last Wednesday in April)
  • April 30: Hairball Awareness Day (last Friday in April)
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

May

This Month:

  • National Pet Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • May 2–8: American Humane Society’s Be Kind to Animals Week (first full week of May)
  • May 2–8: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
  • May 2–8: National Pet Week (first full week of May)
  • May 3–9: Puppy Mill Action Week (starts the Monday before Mother’s Day)

On This Day:

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 2: Mayday for Mutts (first Sunday in May)
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 8: National Dog Mom’s Day (second Saturday in May)
  • May 9: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day

June

This Month:

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month® from the American Humane Association
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • June 6–12: Pet Appreciation Week (first full week in June)
  • Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • June 21–25: Take Your Pet to Work Week®

On This Day:

  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 8: World Pet Memorial Day (second Tuesday in June)
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day
  • June 21: National Dog Party Day
  • June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day®
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day®

July

This Month:

  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month™
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • Doghouse Repair Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • July 27–August 3: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

On This Day:

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 31: Mutt’s 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 25: National Parents Day
  • July 26: National Dog Photography Day

August

This Month:

  • Rawgust (celebration of raw feeding for pets)
  • National Immunization Awareness Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • July 27–August 3: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week
  • August 2–8: International Assistance Dog Week
  • August 10–16: Give a Dog a Bone Week

On This Day:

  • August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • August 6: Fresh Breath Day
  • August 8: International Cat Day
  • August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • August 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • August 16: Saint Roch’s Day (patron saint of dogs)
  • August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • August 21: International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • August 26: National Dog Day
  • August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September

This Month:

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

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • September 12–18: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week (third week in September)
  • September 19–25: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week (last full week in September)
  • September 19–25: National Dog Week (last full week in September)

On This Day:

  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • September 11: National Hug Your Hound Day (second Sunday in September)
  • September 11: National Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in September)
  • September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • September 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day (third Saturday in September)
  • September 18: Responsible Dog Ownership Day (third Saturday in September)
  • September 23: Dogs in Politics Day 
  • September 23: Remember Me Thursday® (an international social media awareness day that brings attention to the millions of adoptable pets waiting in shelters and remembers those pets who never got a second chance. Share your rescue pet using #RememberMeThursday)
  • September 28: World Rabies Day

October

This Month:

  • Adopt-A-Dog Month®
  • Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • October 1–7: National Walk Your Dog Week (first week of October)
  • October 3–9: Animal Welfare Week (first week of October)
  • October 17–23: National Veterinary Technician Week

On This Day:

  • October 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • October 1: National Black Dog Day
  • October 4: World Animal Day
  • October 13: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • October 16: National Feral Cat Day
  • October 17: National Fetch Day
  • October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day
  • October 29: National Cat Day
  • October 30: National Pitbull Awareness Day (last Saturday in October—unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen)

November

This Month:

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

Week-Worthy Celebrations:

  • November 1–7: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (first full week of November)

On This Day:

  • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • November 20: National Adoption Day
  • November 25: National Dog Show (always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving)

December

This Month:

  • National Cat Lovers’ Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

On This Day:

  • December 15: National Cat Herders Day
  • December 17: Underdog Day

Just like you, we’re always looking for an excuse to celebrate our favorite pets! And what better way to show our furry companions just how much we love them by feeding them a wholesome diet with yummy treats! It’s the gift that keeps on giving, a whole life long.

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Date:

1/11/2021

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