Happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s already 2023, but here we are. There seems to be a day for just about everything and pets are no different! I’ve gathered up some pet holidays for each month of 2023 just in case you needed an excuse to do something fun with your pet – like a photography session for them. *wink wink* Haha check out the pet-related holidays below!

January Pet Holidays

Week & Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Walk Your Pet Month
  • Weight Loss Awareness Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • National CBD 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 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • January 24: Change A Pet’s Life Day

February Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (AKA Beat the Heat Month)
  • February 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
  • February 19-25: National Justice for Animals Week

Daily Pet Holidays

  • February 2: National Brown Dog Day
  • February 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • February 3: Annual Doggie Date Night
  • February 14: National Pet Theft Awareness Day in US
  • February 19: International Tug-of-War Day
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22: Walking The Dog Day
  • February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day
  • February 28: World Spay Day

March Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • 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: Horse Protection Day
  • March 1: National Welsh Corgi Day
  • March 1: National Pig Day
  • March 3: World Wildlife Day
  • March 4: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Raise begins
  • March 13: K9 Veterans Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day
  • March 24: International Love Your Cat Day
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

April Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Canine Fitness Month (AKA Active Dog Month)
  • Active Dog Month
  • 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 18: Pet Owners Day
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day
  • April 19: National Dog Parent Appreciation Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
  • April 21: Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 23: National Scoop the Poop Week
  • April 24: World Day for Laboratory Animals
  • April 26: International Guide Dog Day
  • April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 28: Hairball Awareness Day
  • April 29: World Veterinary Day
  • April 30: National Pet Parents Day
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day
  • April 30: National Tabby Day

May Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • National Pet Month
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • May 1-7: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
  • May 7-13: Puppy Mill Action Week
  • May 7-13: National Pet Week
  • May 7-13: American Humane Be Kind to Animals Week

Daily Pet Holidays

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 4: Bird 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 14: National Dog Mom’s Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
  • May 20: World Dog Day
  • May 23: National Canine Cancer Awareness Day

June Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month
  • National Foster a Pet Month
  • 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 6: World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 8: National Best Friends Day
  • June 18: National Internet Cat Day
  • June 19: Take Your Cat To Work Day
  • June 19: National Dog Dad Day
  • June 21: Dog Party Day
  • June 23: Take Your Dog To Work Day
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day
  • June 24: World Day Against the Abandonment of Domestic Animals

July Pet Holidays

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • Independent Retailer 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 20: Get To Know Your Customers Day
  • July 26: National Dog Photography Day
  • July 26: National BOOP Your Pet Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day

August Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Rawgust (celebrates raw feeding for our pets)
  • August 6-12: International Assistance Dog Week

Daily Pet Holidays

  • August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 3: National Senior Pet Day
  • 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 & International Black Cat Day
  • August 19: Clear the Shelters 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 & World Dog Day
  • August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • August 30: National Holistic Pet Day

September Pet Holidays

Month & Week-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
  • 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 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 18: National Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • September 28: World Rabies Day
  • September 28: Remember Me Thursday
  • September 30: National Puppy Mill Survivor Day

October Pet Holidays

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month
  • National Women’s Small Business Month
  • 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 Walk Your Dog Day
  • 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 Pets for Veterans Day
  • October 21: National Reptile Awareness Day
  • October 21: National Fetch Day
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day
  • October 28: National Pitbull Awareness Day
  • October 29: National Cat Day

November Pet Holidays

Month & Week-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Adoption Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • November 5-11: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Daily Pet Holidays

  • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • November 17: Take A Hike Day
  • November 18: National Adoption Day
  • November 23: National Dog Show
  • November 23: Thankful for My Dog Day

December Pet Holidays

Month-Long Pet Holiday Celebrations

  • National Cat Lovers’ Month

Daily Pet Holidays

  • December 2: National Mutt Day
  • December 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine

There you have it! I definitely spotted some ones that I hadn’t really heard about before, what about you? Are there any that caught your eye?