A Year of Pet-Related Holidays and Themes to Blog About

‘Tis the season for giving, and BlogPaws is happy to share a year of pet-related holidays and themes. Feel free to refer to this post year-round and infuse the ideas into your blog posts, as content starter ideas, and for social media content.

A little insider tip: Try to gear your blog’s focus around the theme or idea. For example, if it’s National Cat Day and you blog about cat health, create a blog post with cat health ideas woven into it and hashtag #NationalCatDay. Try to stand out from what everyone else is writing about and make the idea your own.

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A Year of Pet-Related Holidays and Themes to Blog About


Overall themes:

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

National Train Your Dog Month

Walk Your Pet Month

Get Organized Month


January 1: New Year’s Day (great post for resolutions, jump start the year)

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day and National Mew Year for Cats Day

January 5: National Bird Day

January 6: Epiphany

January 8: National Bubble Bath Day (fun post for pet bath tips, shampoo safety, grooming, etc)

January 14: National Dress Your Pet Up Day, National Seeing Eye Dog Day, Bald Eagle Appreciation Day

January 15: Hat Day

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18: Winnie the Pooh Day

January 19: National Popcorn Day

January 20: National Penguin Awareness Day

January 21: National Squirrel Appreciation Day (um hello, cute photos time), National Hugging Day

January 24: Change A Pet’s Life Day, Belly Laugh Day, Compliment Day

January 25: National Opposite Day

January 26: Australia Day, Rattlesnake Round Up

January 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

January 31: Backwards Day


Overall themes:

National Pet Oral/Dental Health Care Month

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

International Hoof Care Month

American Heart Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

National Wild Bird Feeding Month

National Cat Health Month

Unchain a Dog Month

Dog Training Education Month

National Bird Feeding Month


February 2: Groundhog Day

February 4: Thank a Mailman Day (great for bite prevention tips, training)

February 5: Super Bowl Sunday

February 6: Chinese New Year

February 14: Valentine’s Day, National Pet Theft Awareness Day, World Whale Day, National Hippo Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 20: President’s Day, Love Your Pet Day

February 22: Walking the Dog Day

February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 26, Oscars Night on TV

February 26- March 4: National Justice for Animals Week

February 27: Polar Bear Day

February 28: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday, National Spay Day, Public Sleeping Day


Overall themes:

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Craft Month

Women’s History Month

Dolphin Awareness Month

Pet Poison Prevention Month


March 1: National Pig Day, National Horse Protection Day

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 6: National Frozen Food Day

March 5 – 11: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 8: International Women’s Day

March 12: Daylight Savings

March 13: K9 Veterans Day

March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day, Save a Spider Day

March 16: Panda Day

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 19 – 25: National Poison Prevention Week

March 19: Poultry Day

March 20: International Earth Day, World Sparrow Day, World Frog Day, International Day of Happiness (Reasons a Pet Makes You Happy is a great topic), first day of Spring

March 22: International Day of the Seal

March 23: National Puppy Day

March 25: Manatee Appreciation Day

March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day (great for walking a pet)


Overall themes:

World Habitat Awareness Month

National Pet Month

Stress Awareness Month

American Red Cross Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Garden Month

Heartworm Awareness Month

National Frog Month

Adopt a Greyhound Month

Zoo and Aquarium Month

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Decorating Month (great for craft ideas with a pet theme)

Poetry Month


April 1: April Fool’s Day

April 1: Talk Like Shakespeare Day

April 1 – April 7: International Pooper Scooper Week

April 2: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 4: World Rat Day

April 10: Passover begins

April 16: Easter, National Librarian Day (great post for pet-themed books)

April 16-22: National Pet ID Week

April 17: Bat Appreciation Day

April 19: Pet Owners Day

April 20: Look Alike Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 24: National Pet Parents Day

April 26: Hairball Awareness Day, Help a Horse Day

April 29: National Kids and Pets Day (instill ideas in kids to respect pets, bite prevention, how to pet a cat: Ideas for posts)

April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Animal Advocacy Day, World Veterinary Day


Overall themes:

National Pet Month

Chip Your Pet Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Responsible Animal Guardian Month

Lyme Disease Prevention Month

National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

National Photograph Month


May 1: Save the Rhino Day, National Purebred Dog Day, May Day

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day, National Hug Your Cat Day

May 4: May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Day, Bird Day

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, National Ferret Day

May 7 – 13: National Be Kind to Animals Week

May 14: Mother’s Day, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 16: National Sea Monkey Day

May 18-20: BlogPaws Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

May 20: Armed Forces Day

May 21 – 27: National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 22: Victoria Day (Canada)

May 23: World Turtle Day

May 27: National Heat Awareness Day

May 29: Memorial Day

May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day

A Year of Pet-Related Holidays and Themes to Blog About


Overall themes:

Adopt a Cat Month/Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

National Pet Preparedness Month

National Microchipping Month

Social Petworking Month


June 2: National Go Barefooting Day (good for paw safety)

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 5: World Environment Day

June 8: Best Friends Day

June 9: World Pet Memorial Day

June 14: Flag Day

June 16: Fresh Veggies Day

June 18: Father’s Day

June 19: National Pets in Film Day, National Kissing Day

June 20: American Eagle Day

June 21: Selfie Day, National Dog Party Day, First Day of Summer

June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 29: Camera Day


Overall themes:

National Blueberry Month

National Anti-Boredom Month

National Hot Dog Month

National Ice Cream Month

National Picnic Month


July 1: Canada Day

July 3: Stay Out of the Sun Day

July 4: Independence Day

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 14: Cow Appreciation Day, Shark Awareness Day

July 15: I Love Horses Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: World Snake Day

July 17: National Pig Day

July 21: National Craft For Your Shelters Day

July 23: National Hot Dog Day, Parents Day

July 31: Mutt’s Day, International Day of Friendship


Overall themes:

Family Fun Month

National Catfish Month

Water Quality Month

National Picnic Month

DOGust (Universal Birthday for shelter dogs)


August 7: National Friendship Day

August 8: World Cat Day, National Happiness Day

August 9: National Book Lovers Day

August 10: National Lazy Day, Spoil Your Dog Day

August 11: National Sons and Daughters Day

August 12: World Elephant Day

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day


Overall themes:

Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

National Disaster Preparedness Month

National Food Safety Education Month

National Service Dog Month

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Chicken Month


September 4: Labor Day

September 10: National Pet Memorial Day, Grandparents Day

September 11: 9/11 Remembrance, Patriot Day

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 20: Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 21: Peace Day

September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day, Autumn begins

September 23: International Rabbit Day, Dogs in Politics Day

September 28: World Rabies Day

September 29: Yom Kippur begins at sundown


Overall themes:

National Pet Wellness Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Pet Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bat Appreciation Month

National Pit Bull Awareness Month

National Service Dog Month

World Animal Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month


October 1: National Black Dog Day, National Fire Pup Day

October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week – (First Week of October)

October 3: Rosh Hashanah

October 9: Columbus Day

October 12: Yom Kippur

October 14: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 15: Sweetest Day

October 16: National Feral Cat Day, National Bosses Day

October 21: Reptile Awareness Day, Sweetest Day

October 24: United Nations Day

October 28: Plush Animal Lover’s Day

October 29: National Cat Day, National Pit Bull Awareness Day

October 31: Halloween


Overall themes:

National Novel Writing Month

Native American Heritage Month

Peanut Butter Lovers Month

National Sleep Comfort Month

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Pet Diabetes Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month


November 1: All Saints Day, National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 2: All Souls Day

November 5: Daylight Savings

November 7: Election Day

November 11: Veterans Day, Remembrance Day (Canada)

November 13: Sadie Hawkins Day, World Kindness Day

November 18: Mickey Mouse Birthday

November 23: Thanksgiving Day

November 24: Black Friday

November 27: Cyber Monday

November 30: Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


Overall themes:

Safe Toys and Gifts Month


December: National Mutt Day

December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day, National Cookie Day

December 12: Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 13: National Day of the Horse

December 14: Monkey Day

December 15: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 21: Winter begins

December 23: Festivus

December 24: Christmas Eve

December 25: Christmas Day

December 26: Kwanzaa begins, Boxing Day (Canada)

December 31: New Year’s Day

Go even more in depth for additional holidays and unique events with this fun calendar.

Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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