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175+ Pet Holidays You Can Celebrate in 2023

Chelsie Fraser

By Chelsie Fraser

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We love our pets and we love to celebrate them. But did you know that there are over 175 pet holidays designed specifically for this purpose? Some of them are silly, like “If Pets Had Thumbs Day” or “Meow Like a Pirate Day,” but others are dedicated to taking care of our pet’s health or raising awareness, like “World Spay Day.”

While we know that you don’t need another reason to celebrate and spoil your pet, these annual pet holidays provide you with plenty of opportunities to show off your fur babies. We have organized them by month, so scroll down to find your new favorite holidays!

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Top 175 Pet Holidays in 2023

1. January

Ring in the New Year with monthlong celebrations and special pet holidays to celebrate your furry family member.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Walk Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
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  • January 2: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
  • January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • January 29: Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary

2. February

Whether your pet is your special Valentine or you just like to celebrate love, February is jam-packed with pet holidays to help you celebrate.

Monthlong Observations:
  • February 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • February 3: Doggy Date Night
  • February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 19: International Tug of War Day
  • February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22: National Walking the Dog Day
  • February 22: World Spay Day
  • February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

3. March

The month of March is all about awareness and keeping your pets healthy.

Monthlong Observations:

Monthlong Observations:
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Weeklong Observations:
  • March 6–12: National Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • March 1: National Peanut Butter Lovers Day
  • March 3: National If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: National K9 Veterans Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

4. April

While you probably don’t want to subject your pet to April Fool’s Day pranks, there are plenty of other opportunities to celebrate in the month of April.

Monthlong Observations:
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Active Dog Month
Weeklong Observations:
  • April 3–9: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 5: National Wildlife Week
  • April 10–16: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week
  • April 17–23: National Pet ID Week
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  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10: National Farm Animals Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 21: National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
  • April 23: World Veterinary Day
  • April 24: National Pet Parents Day
  • April 27: International Guide Dog Day
  • April 28: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 29: National Hairball Awareness Day
  • April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

5. May

May is dog month. The holidays in May show extra love for dogs of all breeds, including rescues and the specially-abled.

Monthlong Observations:
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Weeklong Observations:
  • May 1–7: Be Kind to Animals Week
  • May 1–7: Puppy Mill Action Week
  • May 1–7: National Pet Week

6. June

June pet holidays celebrate pets other than dogs and cats, along with the ones that we’ve loved and lost.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Zoo and Aquarium Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
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Weeklong Observations:
  • June 5–11: Pet Appreciation Week
  • June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 4: International Corgi Day
  • June 14: World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 20: National Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • June 20: Ugliest Dog Day
  • June 24: Take Your Dog to Work Day

7. July

July’s celebrations focus on keeping your pets safe. Whether it’s hydration in hot weather, fire safety, or wearing ID tags, these holidays focus on prioritizing safety.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • National Pet Hydration Month
  • Dog House Repair Month
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Weeklong Observations:
  • July 17–23: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week
  • July 18: National Zookeeper Week

8. August

August is the slowest month for holidays for humans, but not for pets! It’s packed full of awareness days and days of remembrance.

Monthlong Observations:
Weeklong Observations:
  • August 7–13: International Assistance Dog Week
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  • August 1: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 4: Work Like a Dog Day
  • August 8: International Cat Day
  • August 10: National Spoil Your Dog Day
  • August 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • August 20: International Homeless Animals 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

9. September

Squeeze out the last bit of the summer heat by getting outdoors with your pet to celebrate these September holidays.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • National Guide/Service Dog Month
  • National Pet Memorial Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
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Weeklong Observations:
  • September 4: National Wildlife Day
  • September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • September 11: National Pet Memorial Day
  • September 11: National Hug Your Hound Day
  • September 17: National Pet Bird Day
  • September 17: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • September 17: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day
  • September 23: National Dogs in Politics Day
  • September 23: Remember Me Thursday
  • September 28: World Rabies Day

10. October

Get your costume ready because October is a month full of holidays for celebrating cats, with a few dog holidays thrown into the mix.

Monthlong Observations:
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • Adopt a Dog Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
Weeklong Observations:
  • October 2–8: National Walk Your Dog Week
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  • October 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • October 1: National Black Dog Day
  • October 4: World Animal Day
  • October 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • October 15: National Fetch Day
  • October 16: Global Cat Day
  • October 16: National Feral Cat Day
  • October 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • October 22: Make a Dog’s Day
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day
  • October 29: National Cat Day
  • October 29: National Pit Bull Awareness Day

11. November

While you’re preparing for the holiday season, it’s important to prioritize your pet’s safety. In addition to Thanksgiving, there are several opportunities in November to celebrate your pet.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month
Weeklong Observations:
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  • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • November 17: National Hiking Day
  • November 19: National Camp Day

12. December

Pet-specific holidays are a little more scarce in December than some of the other months, but there are still many good reasons to celebrate.

Monthlong Observations:
  • National Cat Lover’s Month
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  • December 2: National Mutt Day (there are two every year!)
  • December 4: Wildlife Conservation Day
  • December 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • December 10: International Animal Rights Day
  • December 27: Visit the Zoo Day


With over 175 pet holidays throughout the year, there are tons of excuses to celebrate your furry friends! These holidays give you a great reason to throw a party, but you can also use them to raise awareness for shelter animals, spaying and neutering, or ethical breeding practices. However you choose to observe them, we hope that these pet holidays this year help you appreciate your pet all year long!

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