Complete list of Pet Holidays 2024 (plus google sheets download)

Complete list of Pet Holidays 2024 + Google Sheet Download

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There are so many holidays that celebrate our pets and spread awareness for them. And it’s a great thing to know about them so you can participate in activities with your furry friends, whether it’s a dog, a guinea pig, or a lizard. So, here’s a complete list of pet holidays in 2024.

This list also includes a free Google sheet at the end of the article, so you can do whatever you want with it. If you have any more days you want to add, let me know in the comments!

What month has the most pet holidays?

April has the most pet holidays in a year, covering about 18% of all the pet holidays celebrated nationally and internationally. This is followed by February with 14.5% in second place and October with about 13% in third place.

January

  • January 1: National Dog Walking Day – Encourages walking your dog for exercise and bonding.
  • January 5: National Bird Day – A day to appreciate and protect our feathered friends.
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day – A fun day to dress up pets in costumes. Make sure their comfort and safety come first though!
  • January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day – A day to support and encourage the adoption of animals.

February

  • February 1: World Greyhound Day – Celebrates the Greyhound breed.
  • February 2: National Golden Retriever Day – Celebrates the Golden Retriever breed.
  • February 2: National Hedgehog Day – Celebrates the Hedgehog pet.
  • February 3: Doggie Date Night – Encourages planning a special outing with your dog.
  • February 14: National Pet Theft Awareness Day – Raises awareness about pet theft and prevention.
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day – Many celebrate by including their pets.
  • February 19: National Whippet Day – Celebrates the Whippet breed.
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day – A day to show extra love and appreciation to your pet.
  • February 21: International Skye Terrier Day – Celebrates the Skye Terrier breed.
  • February 22: Walking the Dog Day – Encourages walking your dog for exercise and bonding.
  • February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day – A day to celebrate dog treats!
  • Last Tuesday of February: World Spay Day – Promotes spaying and neutering pets to control populations.
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March

  • Throughout March: Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month – Promotes the adoption of rescued guinea pigs. But make sure you’ve done all the research before adopting guinea pigs though, take this free quiz to find out if you’re ready.
  • March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – Many dog owners give their pet peanut butter treats.
  • March 1: Horse Protection Day – Raises awareness about horse welfare.
  • March 1: National Pig Day – Celebrates pigs as pets and farm animals.
  • March 2 (First Saturday of March): Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Begins – Celebrates sled dogs and this iconic race.
  • March 2: International Rescue Cat Day – A day to bring awareness about cats in shelters needing loving, forever homes.
  • March 3: World Wildlife Day – Celebrates wild animals and their conservation.
  • March 13: K9 Veterans Day – Honors the service of military working dogs.
  • March 14: UK Dog Theft Awareness Day – Raises awareness about pet theft and prevention (UK Specific).
  • March 23: National Puppy Day – Celebrates puppies!
  • March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day – A day to appreciate cuddly kittens.

April

  • Throughout April: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month – A nationwide observance dedicated to raising awareness about the mistreatment of animals and finding ways to combat animal cruelty.
  • April 2: National Ferret Day – Celebrates Ferrets!
  • April 4: World Stray Animals Day – Raises awareness about the plight of stray animals.
  • April 4: World Rat Day – Raises awareness about rats as pets and their intelligence.
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day – Celebrates the Siamese cat breed.
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day – Raises awareness about the issue of dog fighting.
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day – Encourages showing affection to your dog.
  • April 11: National Pet Day – A day to celebrate all pets!
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day – Recognizes the value of dog therapy.
  • April 12: World Hamster Day – Encourages everyone who owns a hamster, or who might want to own a hamster, to honor these small animals.
  • April 18: National Pet Owners Day – A day to appreciate pet owners.
  • April 21: Bulldog Are Beautiful Day – Celebrates the Bulldog breed.
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day – Raises awareness about lost dogs and microchipping.
  • April 24: National Lizard Day – Celebrates lizards as pets.
  • April 25: International Guide Dog Day – Honors the service of guide dogs.
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day – Celebrates the bond between children and pets.
  • April 26: Hairball Awareness Day – Raises awareness about hairballs in cats.
  • April 27: World Veterinary Day – Recognizes the work of veterinarians.
  • April 28: National Pet Parents Day – A day to appreciate pet parents.
  • April 30: National Working Dog Day – Celebrates working dogs of all kinds.
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day – Recognizes the value of therapy animals and how they improve our mental health.
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May

  • Throughout May: National Pet Month – A month to celebrate all pets!
  • May 1: National Pet Insurance Day – Raises awareness about pet insurance.
  • May 4: National Holler at Your Cat Day (Unofficial) – A lighthearted day to celebrate your cat, even if they don’t respond!
  • May 6: National Rescue Dog Day – Celebrates rescue dogs and adoption.
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day – Celebrates Chihuahuas.
  • May 30: Memorial Day Weekend (Unofficial) – Many pet owners include their pets in holiday weekend festivities.

June

  • Throughout June: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – Encourages adopting cats from shelters.
  • June 8: National Best Friends Day – A day to celebrate the best friend bond, including with pets.
  • June 21: National Take Your Dog to Work Day – Allows employees to bring their dog to work (where permitted).
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July

  • July 14: National Cat Day – Celebrates all things cat!
  • July 14: World Donkey Day – Celebrates donkeys as pets and working animals.
  • July 16: National Pet Fire Safety Day – Raises awareness about pet fire safety.
  • July 16: Guinea Pig Appreciation Day – A day to celebrate and appreciate guinea pigs. One way for anyone can do this is to learn fun facts about them.
  • July 24: Cat World Domination Day – Your cats plot to take over the world. People everywhere post photographic evidence of this unfolding.
  • July 31: National Mutt Day – Celebrates mixed-breed dogs.

August

  • Throughout August: National Dog Month – A month to celebrate all things dog!
  • August 10: National Spoil Your Dog Day – A day to pamper your pooch!
  • August 17: National Black Cat Day – Celebrates black cats and dispels myths surrounding them.
  • August 17: Clear the Shelters Day – Raise awareness of this issue and increase adoptions.
  • August 23: Blind Dog Day – Celebrates the unique bond between a blind pup and their human.

September

  • Throughout September: National Animal Safety and Protection Month – Focuses on animal safety and welfare.
  • Throughout the week: Guinea Pig Awareness Week (GPAW) – A week-long campaign focused on improving the health and welfare of guinea pigs.
  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day – Appreciation for ginger cats.
  • September 8: National Iguana Awareness Day – Spread knowledge and appreciation for iguanas.
  • September 20: National Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Encourages responsible pet ownership.
  • September 24: National Bring Your Dog to Work Day (Unofficial) – Allows employees to bring their dog to work (where permitted).
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October

  • October 1: World Animal Day – Celebrates animals and their welfare.
  • October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week – Encourages walking your dog for exercise and bonding.
  • October 3-9: Animal Welfare Week – Raises awareness about animal welfare.
  • October 4: National Blessing of the Animals – A day to bless pets (various religious traditions).
  • October 13-19: National Veterinary Technician Week – Celebrate, recognize, and promote the valuable contributions Credentialed Veterinary Technicians make to the veterinary profession and society.
  • October 19: National Fetch Day – Celebrates the classic game of fetch and the bond between you and your dog.
  • October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day – Honors veterans and the support pets provide them.
  • October 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day – Raises awareness about Pit Bulls and combats negative stereotypes.
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day – Celebrates black cats and dispels myths surrounding them.
  • October 28: National Dress Up Your Pet Day (Unofficial) – Another fun day to dress up your pet in a costume.
  • October 29: National Cat Day – Celebrates all things cat!
  • October 30: National Dress Up Your Pet Day (Unofficial) – A third chance to dress up your pet for Halloween!
  • October 30: National Trick or Treat with Your Pet Day (Unofficial) – Take your well-behaved pet trick-or-treating!
  • October 31: Halloween – Many pet owners include their pets in Halloween festivities.

November

  • November 1: National Cook Something Bold and Delicious for Your Pet Day (Unofficial) – A day to spoil your pet with a homemade meal.
  • November 1: National Dog Depression Awareness Day – Raises awareness about canine depression.
  • November 5: National Happy Howl Day – Howl along with your dog to celebrate!
  • November 8: National American Pit Bull Terrier Day – Celebrates the American Pit Bull Terrier breed.
  • November 10: National Love Your Cat Day – A day to show extra love and appreciation to your cat.
  • November 14: National Pet Grief Awareness Day – Offers support to those grieving the loss of a pet. Here’s what to do when your guinea pig dies.
  • November 13: National Cupcake Day – Many pet owners celebrate with cupcake-shaped treats for their pets.
  • November 16: National Adoption Day (Friday After Thanksgiving) – Encourages adopting pets from shelters.
  • November 23: National Lucky Black Cat Day – Celebrates black cats and dispels myths surrounding them.
  • November 26: National Cake Day – Many pet owners celebrate with cake-shaped treats for their pets.

December

  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Recognizes the role of service animals for people with disabilities.
  • December 10: National Save a Horse Day – Raises awareness about horse rescue and adoption.
  • December 10: International Animal Rights Day – Honors animals as sentient beings who deserve the same protections as people.
  • December 12: National Fritter Day – Many pet owners celebrate with apple fritters, a dog-safe treat.
  • December 24: Christmas Eve – Many pet owners include their pets in holiday festivities.
  • December 25: Christmas Day – Many pet owners include their pets in holiday festivities.
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve – Many pet owners keep their pets safe during New Year’s celebrations.

Download the Free Complete list of Pet Holidays 2024

I spent hours researching and putting this spread sheet together of all the pet holidays in 2024 that I can find, the date it takes place, a short description as well as what type of animals it celebrates.

Some more benefits of having the list in a spreadsheet format besides the obvious is you can filter it by animal and use it however you’d like too.

The good news? It’s free for you to download. All you have to do is put your email in the simple form and you’ll receive an email with the link to the google sheet. You can then export it to multiple other formats, including Excel.

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Conclusion

This comprehensive list of pet holidays for 2024 provides a wonderful opportunity for pet owners to celebrate and appreciate their furry companions throughout the year.

From National Love Your Pet Day to Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, these special occasions serve as reminders to cherish our pets and strengthen the bond we share with them.

By marking these dates on our calendars and participating in related activities, we can create lasting memories with our beloved pets while also promoting awareness about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

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