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Celebrating Our Pets

Informal pet holidays are an easy way to market your store’s pet products and connect with customers on social media and online. Hardware Retailing has compiled a list of pet holidays happening each month to get you started. 


Jan. 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day

Jan. 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day


Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day

Feb. 3: Annual Doggy Date Night

Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day

Feb. 22: National Walk Your Dog Day


March 1: National Pig Day

March 23: National Puppy Day

March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day

March 28: Respect Your Cat Day


April 23–29: National Scoop the Poop Week

April 6: National Siamese Cat Day

April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day

April 11: National Pet Day

April 12: World Hamster Day

April 19: National Cat Lady Day

April 30: National Tabby Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30: Hairball Awareness Day


May 2–8: Be Kind to Animals Week

May 2–8: National Pet Week

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day

May 23: World Turtle Day


Adopt-A-Cat Month (American Humane Association)

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA)

National Foster a Pet Month

National Microchipping Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

June 6–12: Pet Appreciation Week

June 21–25: Take Your Pet to Work Week

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 15: National Lobster Day

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 24: Cat World Domination Day

June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day


Dog House Repair Month

July 9: Cow Appreciation Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 15: I Love Horses Day

July 16: World Snake Day

July 16: Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

July 26: National Dog Photography Day

July 31: National Mutt Day


Aug. 8: International Cat Day

Aug. 10: Spoil Your Dog Day

Aug. 14: World Lizard Day

Aug. 26: National Dog Day

Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day


Happy Cat Month

Sept. 12–18: Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

Sept. 19–25: National Dog Week

Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

Sept. 11: National Iguana Awareness Day

Sept. 12: National Hug Your Hound Day

Sept. 17: National Pet Bird Day

Sept. 25: International Rabbit Day

Sept. 28: World Rabies Day


Adopt-A-Dog Month (American Humane Association)

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)

Oct. 1–7: National Walk Your Dog Week; Animal Welfare Week

Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day

Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day

Oct. 17: National Fetch Day

Oct. 21: Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 29: National Cat Day

Oct. 30: National Pit Bull Awareness Day


Adopt a Senior Pet Month

National Pet Awareness Month

Nov. 7–13: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

Nov. 4: Chicken Lady Day

Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day

Nov. 20: National Adoption Day


National Cat Lovers’ Month

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Dec. 2: National Mutt Day (again)

Dec. 13: National Horse Day

Dec. 15: National Cat Herder’s Day

For a full list of pet holidays, check out Petful’s calendar.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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