Cat and dog playing during holiday

A new year means new opportunities to spoil your furry friends—or in the case of a smooth sphynx cat for a sidekick, not-so-furry friends.  

To make sure you don’t miss any chances to give your animal companion extra affection (including delicious and nutritious freeze-dried dog treats and freeze-dried cat treats), we compiled this 2023 pet holiday calendar fur your convenience. 

2023 Holidays for Pets 

Pet Holidays for January 2023 

  • Unchain a Dog Month 
  • January 2: Happy “Mew” Year for Cats Day 
  • January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day — Ensure safe travels for your pup every time you go for a ride, with these car safety tips for dogs. 
  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day 
  • January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day 

 Pet Holidays for February 2023 

  • Dog Training Education Month — Learn how to train your dog (and your buddy will be ready for springtime fun.  
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month 
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month 
  • February 3: National Golden Retriever Day  
  • February 3: Doggy Date Night — New activities for dogs, or taking them to new places can be great for their development. 
  • February 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week 
  • February 11-12: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 
  • February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day 
  • February 19: International Tug-of-War Day 
  • February 19-25: National Justice for Animals Week 
  • February 20: Love Your Pet Day — Showing love for your pet is easy; recognizing how pets show their love might require some pointers. 
  • February 22: National Walk Your Dog Day — Love dogs and looking for extra income? Learn how to become a dog walker. 
  • February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day 
  • February 28: World Spay Day 

Pet Holidays for March 2023 

  • Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month 
  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day — Have fun imagining what texts from our furry friends might say! 
  • March 4: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 
  • March 5-11: Professional Pet Sitters Week — Show extra appreciation for your pet care professional. Need to find one? Check out our tips to find a pet sitter you can trust. 
  • March 13: K-9 Veterans Day 
  • March 21-28: National Animal Poison Prevention Week 
  • March 23: National Puppy Day  
  • March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day 
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day — Show compassion for kitty quirks, such as learning why cats like boxes so much. 
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day 

Pet Holidays for April 2023 

  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month — Be prepared to help by learning basic pet first aid with our guide. 
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month 
  • Heartworm Awareness Month — Refresh yourself on the signs your dog has heartworm. 
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month 
  • Canine Fitness/Active Dog Month 
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month 
  • April 1: International Bull Terrier Day 
  • April 1–7: International Pooper Scooper Week 
  • April 1–7: National Raw Feeding Week — This beginner’s guide to raw pet food gives a great overview of the raw diet. 
  • April 4: World Stray Animals Day 
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day 
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day 
  • April 9-15: National Dog Bite Prevention Week 
  • April 9-15: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week 
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day 
  • April 11: National Pet Day 
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day — Teach your pup to be a great therapy dog with our tips and tricks. 
  • April 17: Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day 
  • April 17-23: National Pet ID Week 
  • April 17-23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week 
  • April 19: Pet Owners Day 
  • April 19: National Cat Lady Day 
  • April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day 
  • April 21: National Pet CBD Day 
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day 
  • April 23-29: National Scoop the Poop Week 
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day 
  • April 27: International Guide Dog Day 
  • April 27: National Little Pampered Dog Day — Treat the special pup in your life with this dog grooming supplies checklist. 
  • April 29: Hairball Awareness Day 
  • April 29: World Veterinary Day 
  • April 30: National Pet Parents Day 
  • April 30: National Tabby Day 
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day — The benefits of adopting a shelter pet include healthier, happier animals and adopters. 
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day 
  • April 30: International Search and Rescue Dog Day 

Pet Holidays for May 2023 

  • National Pet Month 
  • Chip Your Pet Month — This guide explains the facts and importance of why you should microchip your pet. 
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month 
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month 
  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day 
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day 
  • May 4–10: Puppy Mill Action Week 
  • May 7: Mayday for Mutts 
  • May 7-13: National Pet Week 
  • May 7-13: Be Kind to Animals Week 
  • May 13: National Dog Mom Day 
  • May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day 
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day 
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day — Debunk the top myths about rescue dogs. 
  • May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day 

 Pet Holidays for June 2023 

  • National Foster a Pet Month 
  • National Pet Preparedness Month 
  • Adopt a Cat Month (AH) / Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA) — Find your new best fur-iend with our tips to adopt a shelter cat. 
  • National Microchipping Month 
  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day 
  • June 4-10: Pet Appreciation Week — Here’s how to make your pet feel appreciated. 
  • June 13-20: Animal Rights Awareness Week 
  • June 14: World Pet Memorial Day 
  • June 19-23: Take Your Pet to Work Week 
  • June 19: Take Your Cat to Work Day 
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day 
  • June 21: Dog Party Day 
  • June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day — Make sure it’s a paw-sitive experience for everyone when you take your dog to work! 
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day 
  • June 24: World Day Against Pet Abandonment 

 Pet Holidays for July 2023 

  • Doghouse Repair Month 
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month 
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month — Keep your cat hydrated with these safety tips. 
  • July 1: National ID Your Pet Day 
  • July 2: International Dog Day 
  • July 10: National Kitten Day 
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day 
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day — Give yourself peace of mind with emergency preparation and learn pet fire safety. 
  • July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day — There are many ways you can give back to support local animal shelters. 
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day — To support rescue dog adoption, learn how to help rescue dogs adjust to new homes. 
  • July 27: Intenational Stray Dog Day 
  • July 31: National Mutt Day 

Pet Holidays for August 2023 

  • Rawgust — Supply your pups and kitties with the nutrious raw pet food they naturally love. 
  • National Immunization Awareness Month 
  • August 6-12: International Assistance Dog Week 
  • August 6-12: Give a Dog a Bone Week 
  • August 8: International Cat Day 
  • August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day — These homemade pup-sicles will leave your dog begging for more. 
  • August 15: National Check the Chip Day 
  • August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day / International Black Cat Day 
  • August 20: 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 
  • August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 
  • August 30: National Holistic Pet Day 

Pet Holidays for September 2023 

  • Happy Cat Month 
  • National Service Dog Month 
  • National Pet Insurance Month 
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month 
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month 
  • Pet Sitter Education Month 
  • September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day 
  • September 5: National White Cat Dog 
  • September 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day 
  • September 12: National Pet Memorial Day — Cherish your furry friend forever in your heart with these unique ways to remember your pet. 
  • September 12: National Hug Your Hound Day 
  • September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day 
  • September 17: Puppy Mill Awareness Day 
  • September 17: Responsible Dog Ownership Day 
  • September 18-24: Adopt A Less-Adoptable Pet Week 
  • September 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day 
  • September 21: National Cat and Dog Gut Health Awareness Day — Nutritional superfoods promote healthy digestion for pets 
  • September 23: Dogs in Politics Day 
  • September 24-30: National Dog Week 
  • September 24-30: Deaf Dog Awareness Week 
  • September 25: National Schnauzer Day 
  • September 28: World Rabies Day 
  • September 28: Remember Me Thursday 
  • September 30: National Puppy Mill Survivor Day 

Pet Holidays for October 2023 

  • National Pet Wellness Month 
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month — Ensure a fun time at the beach, pool, or lake with these water safety tips for dogs! 
  • Adopt a Dog Month (AH) / Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA) — Learn our best tips to adopt a shelter dog, a.k.a. your newest family member. 
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month 
  • October 1: National Fire Pup Day 
  • October 1: National Black Dog Day 
  • October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week 
  • October 1-7: Animal Welfare Week  
  • October 4: World Animal Day 
  • October 4: World Pets Day 
  • October 4: Kindness to Animals Day 
  • October 11: Pet Obesity Awareness Day — If your pet enjoys too many treats, read our advice to help your pet lose weight. 
  • October 15: National Pug Day 
  • October 16: National Feral Cat Day 
  • October 15-21: National Veterinary Technician Week 
  • October 21: National Fetch Day 
  • October 22: National Make a Dog’s Day Day 
  • October 27: National Black Cat Day 
  • October 29: National Pit Bull Awareness Day 
  • October 29: National Cat Day 
  • October 30: National Treat Your Pet Day 

Pet Holidays for November 2023 

  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month — Help your pet live their best golden years with our guide to care for senior dogs and cats. 
  • National Pet Diabetes Month 
  • National Pet Cancer Awareness Month 
  • November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day — Prepare a special feast of safe raw food for dogs and cats. 
  • November 5-11: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week 
  • November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day 
  • November 19: National Get a Pal for Your Pet Day 
  • November 24: National Border Collie Day 

Pet Holidays for December 2023 

  • National Cat Lovers Month 
  • December 1: National Twin with Your Dog Day — Thinking of ways to dress your doggo can also inspire holiday gift ideas for pets. 
  • December 2: National Mutt Day 
  • December 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine 
  • December 10: International Animal Rights Day 
  • December 15: National Cat Herders Day