Pet Holidays: Always a Reason to Celebrate

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If you haven’t noticed, we love dog holidays here at Canine Journal! The only thing better than human holidays is an excuse to celebrate our beloved pets and spread awareness about our furry friends. For the past few years we’ve been sharing our favorite pup special occasions on social media (see our Pet Holiday Pinterest board), but thought it would be nice to have them all in one place so you can reference them and plan accordingly. Here is your ultimate go-to guide to all the holidays this year and beyond… Pet owners and animal lovers rejoice!

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Pet Holidays in January

Dog on a leash


Two dogs sleeping



Dog on a beach

  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month (Best tick prevention)
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month (Heartworm symptoms)
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (Pet first aid kits)
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • 1st Week – International Pooper Scooper Week (Best pooper reviews)
  • 1st Week – National Raw Feeding Week
  • 1st Saturday in April – Every Day is Tag Day
  • April 8 – National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (ASPCA study on dog fighting)
  • April 11 – National Pet Day
  • April 11 – Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • 2nd Week – Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week
  • 2nd Full Week – National Dog Bite Prevention Week (Dog bite statistics)
  • 3rd Week – Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
  • 3rd Week – National Pet ID Week (Dog tags)
  • April 26 – National Kids and Pets Day (Best family dogs)
  • Last Saturday – World Veterinary Day (How to pick a vet)
  • April 30 – Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (Adopt don’t shop)


  • National Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Cancer in dogs)
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • May 1 – National Purebred Dog Day
  • 1st Sunday – Mayday for Mutts (Adopt don’t shop)
  • 1st Full Week – National Pet Week
  • 1st Full Week – Be Kind to Animals Week
  • Week after Mother’s Day – Puppy Mill Action Week (Stop puppy mills)
  • May 12 – National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (Disaster prep for dogs)



  • July 1 – ID Your Pet Day (Dog ID tags)
  • July 4 – Dogs are often frightened by fireworks so keep them calm during this stressful holiday. (Dog firework tips)
  • July 15 – National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 31 – National Mutts Day (Adopt don’t shop)


  • August 5 – Work Life a Dog Day
  • 1st Full Week – International Assistance Dog Week
  • August 15 – National Check the Chip Day (Why microchips are essential)
  • Third Saturday – National Homeless Animals Day
  • August 26 – National Dog Day
  • August 28 – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (Rainbow Bridge infographic)
  • August 30 – National Holistic Pet Day (Holistic dog food)


  • National Disaster Preparedness Month (Disaster prep for dogs)
  • National Guide Dogs Month
  • 2nd Sunday – National Pet Memorial Day (Dog memorial options)
  • 2nd Sunday – National Hug your Hound Day
  • September 13 – Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • 3rd Saturday – Puppy Mill Awareness Day (Stop puppy mills)
  • September 15 – Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Vet checkup guide)
  • September 21 – Dance with Your Dog Day
  • September 23 – Dogs in Politics Day
  • Last Full Week – National Dog Week
  • Last Full Week – National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
  • September 28 – World Rabies Day (Rabies symptoms)


Shelter dog


Older dog looking sad


What are your favorite dog holiday? Did we miss any? 

Sadie is a dog mom to an adopted Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and has been dog sitting for more than 10 years. When not writing and doing graphic design for Canine Journal, she can be found traveling and doing pet photography for friends and family.

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