2023 Pet Holidays: The Ultimate Guide

December 13, 2022

The end of 2022 is quickly approaching and, I’m sure, you’ve all got many memories of the time you have spent with your pets throughout the year. It may have been summer holidays, or specific celebrations like Easter, Valentine’s Day or Halloween… every family will be different. Did you know that there are many pet specific holidays throughout the year that you can share and celebrate together? There are fun celebrations such as Doggie Date Night… or Spoil Your Dog Day… or, if you have a cat, perhaps Cinco de Meow might interest you! Through the year are also plenty of awareness events aimed at serious animal issues in the world, like pet weight loss, pet dental care, animal pain awareness, and one of my favorites… dog training education!

This calendar of pet holidays is such an extensive list that you are sure to find lots of reasons… fun or otherwise… to celebrate with the pet(s) you love!

January

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

Walk Your Dog Month

National Train Your Dog Month

Pet Weight Loss Awareness Month

Unchain a Dog Month

National CBD Month

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Daily Pet Holidays

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

January 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

January 5: National Bird Day

January 8: Bubble Bath 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 24: Peanut Butter Day

February

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

Pet Dental Health Month

Dog Training Education Month

National Cat Health Month

Responsible Pet Owners Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

February 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week

February 19-25: National Justice for Animals Week

Daily Pet Holidays

February 2: National Hedgehog Day

February 3: National Golden Retriever Day

February 3: Doggie Date Night

February 12: Puppy Bowl XVIII

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 19: International Tug-of-War Day

February 20: National Love Your Pet Day

February 22: National Walk The Dog Day

February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day

February 28: World Spay Day (Last Tuesday in February)

March

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

March 5-11: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 19-25: National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Daily Pet Holidays

March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

March 1: National Horse Protection Day

March 1: National Pig Day

March 3: World Wildlife Day

March 3: National If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 13: K9 Veterans Day

March 14: Dog Theft Awareness Day (U.K.)

March 23: National Puppy Day

March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day

March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Canine Fitness Month / Active Dog Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

National Adopt a Greyhound Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week

April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week

April 9-15: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week

April 9-15: National Dog Bite Prevention Week

April 17-23: National Pet ID Week

April 17-23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week

April 23-29: National Scoop the Poop Week

Daily Pet Holidays

April 4: World Stray Animals Day

April 4: World Rat 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: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

April 12: World Hamster Day

April 19: National Cat Lady Day

April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 24: World Day for Laboratory Animals

April 26: National Kids and Pets Day

April 26: International Guide Dog Day

April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day

April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day

April 28: Hairball Awareness Day

April 29: World Veterinary Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: National Tabby Day

April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

April 30: National Pet Parents Day

May

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Pet Month

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

National Pet Foster Care Month

Chip Your Pet Month

Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

May 1-7: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week

May 7-13: Puppy Mill Action Week

May 7-13: National Pet Week

May 7-13: Be Kind to Animals Week

Daily Pet Holidays

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

May 5: Cinco de Meow Day

May 7: Mayday for Mutts

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 13: National Dog Mom Day

May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day

May 23: World Turtle Day

May 24: National Scavenger Hunt Day

June

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Adopt a Cat Month

National Foster a Pet Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

National Microchipping Month

Social PETworking Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

June 4-10: Pet Appreciation Week

June 19-23: Take Your Pet To Work Week

June 19-25: Animal Rights Awareness Week

Daily Pet Holidays

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 4: International Corgi Day

June 8: National Best Friends Day

June 13: World Pet Memorial Day

June 19: Take Your Cat To Work Day

June 17: National Dog Dad Day

June 20: Ugliest Dog Day

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 23: Take Your Dog To Work Day

June 24: Cat World Domination Day

July

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Dog House Repair Month

Daily Pet Holidays

July 1: National ID Your Pet Day

July 10: National Kitten Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: World Snake Day

July 26: National Dog Photography Day

July 31: National Mutt Day

August

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

Rawgust (celebration of raw feeding)

National Pet Immunization Awareness Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

August 6-12: International Assistance Dog Week

Daily Pet Holidays

August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

August 4: Assistance Dog Day

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 19: International Homeless Animals’ Day

August 22: National Take Your Cat To The Vet Day

August 23: International Blind Dog Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

Happy Healthy Cat Month

National Pet Insurance Month

Pet-Sitter Education Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

National Service Dog Month

National Pet Memorial Month

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

September 17-23: Adopt a Less-Adoptable-Pet Week

September 24-30: National Dog Week

September 24-30: National Deaf Pet Awareness Week

Daily Pet Holidays

September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

September 5: Canine Enrichment Day (U.K.)

September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

September 10: National Pet Memorial Day

September 10: National Hug Your Hound Day

September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day

September 16: AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

September 16: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 17: National Pet Bird Day

September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day

September 23: Dogs in Politics Day

September 28: World Rabies Day

September 28: Remember Me Thursday

September 30: Pet Tricks Day (U.K.)

October

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

National Pet Wellness Month

National Pitbull Awareness Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week

October 1-7: Animal Welfare Week

October 15-21: National Veterinary Technician Week

Daily Pet Holidays

October 1: National Fire Pup Day

October 1: National Black Dog Day

October 4: World Animal Day

October 12: Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 16: Global Cat Day

October 21: National Fetch Day

October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day

October 21: National Reptile Awareness Day

October 22: National Make a Dog’s Day

October 27: National Black Cat Day

October 28: National Pitbull Awareness Day

October 29: National Cat Day

November

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

National Senior Pet Month

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

National Pet Diabetes Month

Week-long Pet Holidays

November 5-11: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

November 12-18: Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week

Daily Pet Holidays

November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

November 12: World Animal Enrichment Day

November 16: National Slobber Appreciation Day

November 17: National Take A Hike Day

November 18: National Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Awareness, Research and Education Day

December

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

National Cat Lovers’ Month

Daily Pet Holidays

December 2: National Mutt Day

December 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine

December 10: International Animal Rights Day

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