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It’s even bigger this year! This is my growing list of all the Pet and Animal National Awareness Days and Holidays to help you plan your social media, press releases and content calendar for 2021.

What are pet awareness days?

National, International and World pet and animal awareness days are designed to help people recognise and celebrate different animals and aspects of pet life. Each day is created for a specific reason.

If I’ve missed a day or you’ve started a new pet awareness day, please add it in the comments and I’ll put it on the list!

I’d recommend bookmarking this page on your browser so you can pop back and peruse it anytime you need it when you’re stuck for inspiration.

Don’t forget to pin it too, there’s a handy graphic at the bottom of this page.

January Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Walk Your Pet Month

Weight Loss Awareness Month

National Train Your Dog Month

Unchain a Dog Month

On this day

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

January 5: National Bird Day

January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 16: Get To Know Your Customers Day (also April 16, July 16, & October 16)

January 20: Penguin Awareness Day

January 21: Squirrel Appreciation 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 Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Pet Dental Health Month

Dog Training Education Month

National Cat Health Month

Responsible Pet Owners Month

On this day

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 3: Doggie Date Night & National Golden Retriever Day

February 15-16: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day & of course, Valentine’s Day

February 15: President’s Day

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 22: National Walk Your Dog Day

February 22: National Wildlife Day

February 23: Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 25: World Spay Day

February 27: Polar Bear Day

March Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

National Frozen Food Month

On this day

March 1: National Pig Day

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day ( yes really)

March 1-7: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 13: K9 Veterans Day

March 14: Learn about Butterflies Day

March 17: St . Patrick’s Day & St Gertrude of Nivelles Day – Patron Saint of Cats

March 19: Poultry Day

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 Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Heartworm Awareness Month

National Adopt a Greyhound Month

National Pet First Aid Month

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Active Dog Month

On this day

April 1: April Fool’s Day

April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week & International Pooper Scooper Week

April 3: Every Day is Tag Day

April 4: Easter Holidays

April 6: National Siamese Cat Day

April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day

April 11-17: National Dog Bite Prevention Week

April 11: National Pet Day

April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

April 18-24: National Pet ID Week

April 19: National Cat Lady Day

April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 24: Hairball Awareness Day

April 24: World Veterinary Day

April 25: World Penguin Day

April 26: National Pet Parents Day

April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day

April 28: International Guide Dog Day

April 30: Hairball Awareness Day

April 30: National Tabby Cat Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

May Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

National Pet Month

National Foster Care Month

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

National Photography Month

Chip Your Pet Month

On this day

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 1: Save the Rhino Day

May 2: Mayday for Mutts

May 2-8: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week

May 2-8: National Pet Week

May 3-9: Puppy Mill Action Week

May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

May 3-10: Be Kind To Animals Week

May 8: National Dog Mom Day

May 9: Mother’s Day

May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

May 16: National Sea Monkey Day

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day

May 23: World Turtle Day

June Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

National Zoo & Aquarium Month

National Adopt a Cat Month

National Camping Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

National Microchipping Month

National Foster a Pet Month

On this day

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 5: National Donut Day

June 6-12: National Pet Appreciation Week

June 8: National Best Friends Day

June 9: World Pet Memorial Day

June 15: National Lobster Day

June 21: Take Your Cat To Work Day®

June 19: National Garfield The Cat Day

June 21: Father’s Day

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 21-25: Take Your Pet to Work Week®

June 24: Cat World Domination Day

June 25: Take Your Dog To Work Day®

July Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

National Anti-Boredom Month

National Dog House Repair Month

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Independent Retailer Month

On this day

July 1: ID Your Pet Day

July 4: Independence Day

July 7: International Kissing Day

July 9: Cow Appreciation Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16 : World Snake Day

July 21: National Craft For Your Local Shelters Day

July 22: National Hot Dog Day

July 26: National Dog Photography Day

July 31: National Mutt Day (also on December 2)

August Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Rawgust – celebrating raw feeding for pets

National Immunisation Awareness Month

National Back-To-School Month

On this day

August 1: Respect for Parents Day – or should that be paw-rents!

August 2: National Friendship Day

August 5: Work Like a Dog Day

August 6: Fresh Breath Day

August 8: National CBD Day & National Cat Day

August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day

August 10: National Lazy Day

August 15: Check the Chip Day

August 16: Saint Roch’s Dat ( Patron Saint of Dogs)

August 17: Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 17: International Non-Profit Day

August 19: International Bow Day

August 21: International Homeless Animals’ Day

August 21: National Honey Bee Day

August 22: National take your cat to the Vet Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Happy Cat Month

National Chicken Month

National Pet Insurance Month

National Service Dog Month

Pet-Sitter Education Month

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

On this day

September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

September 5: National Canine Enrichment Day ( by Ruffle Snuffle®)**NEW **

September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

September 11: National Hug Your Hound Day

September 11: National Pet Memorial Day

September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day

September 17: National Pet Bird Day

September 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day

September 19: AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

September 19-25: National Dog Week

September 19-25: Deaf Pet Awareness Week

September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day

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 25: International Rabbit Day

September 28: World Rabies Day

September 29: National Coffee Day

October Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

National Sausage Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Emotional Wellness Month

National Pet Wellness Month

On this day

October 1–7: National Walk Your Dog Week

October 1: National Fire Pup Day

October 1: National Black Dog Day

October 4: World Animal Day

October 4: World Pet Day

October 3-9: Animal Welfare Week

October 10: World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day ** NEW**

October 10: Mental Health Day

October 12: National Farmers Day

October 14: Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 16: Global Cat Day

October 17: National Fetch Day

October 17-23: Veterinary Technician Week

October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day

October 21: Reptile Awareness Day

October 24: National Food Day

October 27: National Pitbull Awareness Day

October 27: National Black Cat Day

October 29: National Cat Day

October 31: Howl-oween!

November Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet Diabetes Month

National Senior Pet Month

National Adoption Month

Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Sweet Potato Awareness Month

On this day

November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 4: Chicken Lady Day

November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

November 8-14: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: World Animal Enrichment Day by Ruffle Snuffle ** NEW **

November 15: National Philanthropy Day

November 18: National Princess Day

National 21: Gingerbread Cookie Day

November 21: National Adoption Day

November 25: Sardine Day

November 26: Thanksgiving

November 27: Black Friday

November 28: Small Business Saturday

November 30: Cyber Monday

December Pet & Animal Awareness Days & Holidays

Month-Long Observations

National Cat Lovers’ Month

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

On this day

December 2: National Mutt Day (also on July 31)

December 3: National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4: National Cookie Day

December 5: International Volunteer Day

December 11: National App DayDecember

December 15: Monkey Day

December 15: National Cat Herders Day

December 17: Underdog Day

December 24: Christmas Eve

December 25: Christmas Day

December 30: Bacon Day

December 31: New Year’s Eve

What a great list eh, but what do you do with them??

How to use a pet awareness day for your business

  1. Look through the list and pick holidays that resonate with you and your business. If you are a dog treat baker then National Cookie day is one for you.
  2. Generate content to support the day and it’s objectives that your audience will find useful, engaging or just downright funny. If you google each day you will find about it’s origins and what others have done in the past to inspire you.
  3. Don’t use too many awareness days, they can look like spam.
  4. Use a call to action in your content, whether it’s to share your photo, pin your blog post, sign up for a free ebook, come on a zoom call, whatever is relevant. This will help you start conversations with potential new clients or customers.

Well there you have it. No excuse now for not finding something to inspire your content!

If you have an awareness day that’s not listed please comment below and I will add it to the list.

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