Pet Holidays

Dog holidays & dog-related special dates

Looking for a reason to celebrate or a cause to rally behind?  Here is a list of the special dates for the remainder of 2017!



  • Adopt-A-Dog Month®. By American Humane Association.
  • Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. By ASPCA.
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month.
  • National Pet Wellness Month.
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month.
  • National Service Dog Month.
  • 1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week.
  • October 4: World Animal Day.
  • 1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)
  • Oct. 12, 2016: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. (TBA)
  • National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. (TBA)
  • Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day.
  • Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day.
  • October 15: Dog Film Festival, New York City. (TBA)
  • Oct. 16: National Feral Cat Day.
  • Oct. 28, 2017: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).
  • Oct. 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff them…
  • Oct. 29: National Cat Day.
  • Late October : National Black Cat Day in the UK. (TBA)



  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.
  • National Pet Awareness Month.
  • National Senior Pet Month.
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events).
  • Pet Diabetes Month.
  • National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. Sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, the event features 2,000 dogs.
  • Nov. 5-11, 2017: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.
  • Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day.





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