Pet holidays are the best little reminders. No matter who starts them, or where the pet days come from, it's the thought that counts.
From the serious (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month) to the silly (National Dress Up Your Pet Day) we've got all the pet holidays covered!
Let's Celebrate Our Pets All Year Long!
January Pet Holidays:
Walk Your Pet Month: Most dogs love to be walked, and there are events you can participate in if you want to. Some Maine Coon cats like to be on a leash, too!
Train Your Dog Month: This may not seem directly related to our big Maine Coon cats, but they are much happier when the dogs(s) of the house are trained and well-behaved!
January 14th brings National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Silly, yes, but it's all in good fun! If you live in a big city you can take your well-dressed pooch out for a walk on the town.
Or if your cats don't mind getting dolled up, share some pictures on FaceBook! Personally, I would think this one would have been a little closer to Halloween!
January 22nd: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day! Yes, seriously. It's all about getting to know your mysterious cat. Communication and paying attention to your cat and his needs are the theme of the day.
February Pet Holidays:
National Prevent a Litter Month. Spay and neuter. 'Nuff said.
Responsible Pet Owners Month. What makes a responsible pet owner? Responsibility is a very important subject.
National Pet Dental Month. Actually, dental health is very important. This is an opportunity to for us to educate ourselves on this aspect of our pets health.
February 7 - 13: Have a Heart For Chained Dogs Week. No animal should live their life in chains.
February 14 - 20: Pet Theft Awareness Week. Unfortunately this does happen. It's too bad we have to worry about pet theft.
February 20: Love Your Pet Day. Easy, and fun!
February 23: Spay Day USA Everyone, get on the bandwagon and spay your girl for her health and happiness!
March Pet Holidays:
March 7 - 13 is Professional Pet Sitters Week. A great opportunity to show appreciation to those who love our pets when we're away.
March 14 - 20 brings National Poison Prevention Week. There are definitely things that our pets should never have access to. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
March 23rd is National Puppy Day! Who doesn't melt at the sight of an adorable puppy?
March 3rd: What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day
April's Pet Holidays:
There is quite a lot going on in April when it comes to pet holidays. A very busy month, indeed. Here are the three monthlong celebrations:
Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
National Pet Month (for the UK)
April 10 is National Pet Day. How will we celebrate?
April 11 - 17th is Animal Control Appreciation Week. A very important job, indeed.
April 18 - 24th brings National Pet ID Week. ID's for pets are crucial!
April 26 is National Kids And Pets Day! This is a personal favorite, since Maine Coon cats are so great with kids.
Last but not least, very important to our longhaired friends:
April 30th is Hairball Awareness Day!
Celebrate with us! This quick list is just a start! We'll be expanding on each of these as the days go by, so stay tuned!
May Pet Holidays:
May 3rd: National Disabled Pets Day
May is National Pet Month in the US!
May 1 - 7 is Be Kind To Animals Week
May 15 - 21 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week
On May 30th it's Hug Your Cat Day!
June Pet Holidays:
National Microchipping Month!
The month of June is very important for cat lovers. It's Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month! And it's sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
We have big plans for a month-long celebration to bring awareness to this. Stay tuned, and consider signing up for our rss feed (orange button on left), joining us on FaceBook, or subscribing to Tattle Tails, our free newsletter. This way you will be one of the first to hear our announcement when it happens!
Similarly, June is also the Humane Society's Adopt-A-Cat Month. Very important.
June 12th is World Pet Memorial Day. Remember a friend.
June 19 - 25 brings Animal Rights Awareness Week
June 20 - 26 is Take-Your-Pet-To-Work Week
June 24, 2011 will be Take Your Dog To Work Day! This is actually a pretty big deal! Are you in a position to be able to participate in Take Your Dog To Work Day?
July and August Pet Holidays:
July 8 - August 11; Dog Days (of Summer)
August 11 is National Assistance Dog Day
August 20 is International Homeless Animals Day
August 26 is National Dog Day
August 30 is National Holistic Pet Day
September Pet Holidays:
Pet Smile Month
World Animal Remeberance Month
Pet Health Insurance Month in Canada
September 12th: National Pet Memorial Month
September 18th Puppy Mill Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership Day
September 18 - 24: National Dog Week
September 28 - World Rabies Day
October Pet Holidays:
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Pet Wellness Month
Fire Pup Day
October 4th - World Animal Day
October 14th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. This is especially important to Maine Coon cat owners, who sometimes wonder how big is too big.
Some folks get a real kick out of the "fat cat" pictures that seem to be everywhere, but pet obesity is no laughing matter. We love our pets and want to keep them around as long as possible.
That means keeping them trim, fit, and healthy.
October 9 - 15: National Veterinary Technician Week
October 16th - National Feral Cat Day
October 29 is National Cat Day!
November And December Pet Holidays:
Adopt a Senior Pet Month! I just love this one. Senior pets have so much love to give, and they all deserve a loving home.
National Pet Awareness Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Pet Diabetes Month Diabetes in cats is a common concern. This is a good time to pay attention to it.
November 6 - 12, National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Shelters are so important!
November 17th is National Black Cat Day! Wow, I didn't know about this one! Alice will feel so special on this day.
The last Friday of the month is Fur-Free Friday (although every day should be fur-free!)
November 28 - December 4 is Puppy Mill Action Week
December 2nd is National Mutt Day!
December 15th, Cat Herders Day!
Did we miss any pet holidays that you know of? Contact us and let us know! Have fun with your pets and remember to share with friends whenever these pet days come around!