Animal Holidays

There are lots of different Animal Holidays throughout the year to honor and celebrate all the different animals on the earth.  There are so many, that all the different Dog Holidays, and Cat Holidays will be featured on our Pet Holidays summary page. This page, will summarize all the rest of the animals!

Ultimately, there will be a devoted page done for each of the different Holidays and Observances.  As pages are completed, they will be linked up below, as well as in our Daily Holiday pages, our Holidays by Month pages, and our Alphabetical Listing of all the Holidays and Observances.


A Yellow Bellied Marmot found up at Squaw Valley's High Camp on 7-23-11 eating a paint ball pellet

I took this picture on 7/23/2011 up at High Camp, in Squaw Valley. Marmots were running all over the tennis courts and were all over the rocks on the side of the tennis courts.

This particular one, ran down from the tennis court, towards where the Paintball area was, grabbed an orange paintball pellet, ran back to the tennis court, and stopped about 2 feet away from me, sat up and promptly ate the paintball pellet while watching me intently. I wrote a page about them along with some other pictures on my Marmot page on my Truckee Travel Guide website.


January Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - January 16-17, 2021
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021; December 14, 2021 - January 5, 2022
  • International Hoof Care Week - January 26-29, 2021
  • Kiss a Shark Week - January 24-30, 2021 (Fourth Full Week of January)

2021 Days: (Date Order)


February Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • Humpback Whale Awareness Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Goat Yoga Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Responsible Pet Owner Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 21-27, 2021 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2021
  • Homes for Birds Week - February 14-20, 2021 (Second Full Week of February)
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week - February 22-26, 2021 
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 21-27, 2021
  • National Nestbox Week - February 14-21
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 25-28, 2021

2021 Days: (Date Order)


March Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Dolphin Awareness Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Festival of Owls Week - March 5-7, 2021 (First Full Weekend in March)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 2-21, 2021 (Houston, TX)
  • International Festival of Owls March 5-7, 2021
  • National Aardvark Week - Second Week of March
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week - March 21-27, 2021 (Third Full Week of March)
  • Termite Awareness  Week - March 7-13, 2021
  • Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign - March 11-17

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Horse Protection Day - March 1
  • National Pig Day - March 1
  • World Wildlife Day - March 3
  • Key Deer Awareness Day - March 11
  • Learn About Butterflies Day - March 14
  • Save a Spider Day - March 14
  • Buzzard Day - March 15
  • International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter - March 15
  • International Eat an Animal for PETA Day - March 15
  • National Panda Day - March 16
  • National Farm Rescuer Day - March 18, 2021 (Third Thursday in March)
  • National Poultry Day - March 19
  • Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day - March 19
  • Save the Panther Day - March 20, 2021 (Third Saturday in March)
  • World Frog Day - March 20
  • World Sparrow Day - March 20
  • Buzzard Day - March 21, 2021 (Sunday after March 15)
  • International Day of the Seal - March 22
  • Manatee Appreciation Day - March 31, 2021 (Last Wednesday in March)


April Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Ferret Month
  • National Frog Month
  • National Pest Management Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • American Fancy Rat & Mouse Day - April 22-24, 2021
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week - April 18-24, 2021  (Third Week in April)
  • Bat Appreciation Week - April 4-10, 2021 (First Full Week of April)
  • Be Kind to Spiders Week - April 4-10, 2021 (First Full Week of April)
  • Bedbug Awareness Week - April 25 - May 1, 2021
  • International Wildlife Film Week - April 17 - May 15, 2021
  • Mule Day - April 4-6, 2020
  • Mule Week - March 30 - April 5, 2020 (2021 TBA)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week - April 11-17, 2021  (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week - April 11-17, 2021
  • National Wildlife Week - April 6-10, 2021
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week - April 18-24, 2021 (Week that surrounds April 24th each year)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Ferret Day - April 2
  • National Birding Day - April 3, 2021 (First Saturday of April)
  • World Rat Day - April 4
  • International Beaver Day - April 7
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day - April 8
  • Zoo Lovers Day - April 8
  • National Unicorn Day - April 9
  • ASPCA Day (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - April 10
  • National Catch and Release Day - April 10, 2021
  • National Farm Animals Day - April 10
  • National Pet Day - April 11
  • National Dolphin Day - April 14
  • Save the Elephant Day - April 16
  • Bat Appreciation Day - April 17
  • International Bat Appreciation Day - April 17
  • National Velociraptor Awareness Day - April 18
  • Pet Owners Independence Day - April 18
  • Pet Owners Day - April 19
  • National Pet CBD Day - April 21
  • National Yellow Bat Day - April 21
  • Eeyore's Birthday Day - April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday of April)
  • National Go Birding Day - April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day - April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday in April)
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories - April 24
  • World Veterinary Day - April 24, 2021 (Last Saturday in April)
  • World Penguin Day - April 25
  • Audubon Day - April 26
  • National Help a Horse Day - April 26
  • Mantanzas Mule Day - April 27
  • Marine Mammal Rescue Day - April 27
  • National Animal Advocacy Day - April 30
  • National Therapy Animal Day - April 30


May Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Be Kind to Animals Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • Gardening for Wildlife Month
  • International Respect for Chickens Month 
  • National Duckling Month
  • National Pet Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Be Kind to Animals Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Bedbug Awareness Week - April 25 - May 1, 2021
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day - May 13-16, 2021 (Calavaras County, CA)
  • International Wildlife Film Week - April 17 - May 15, 2021
  • National Heritage Breeds Week - May 16-22, 2021 (Third Full Week in May)
  • National Pet Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding - May 6-10, 2021
  • World Migratory Bird Day - May 8-9, 2021 (Second Weekend in May), and October 9, 2021 (Second Saturday in October)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • Kentucky Derby - May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May)
  • National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day - May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May)
  • Save the Rhino Day - May 1
  • Start Seeing Monarchs Day - May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May)
  • World Tuna Day - May 2
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day - May 3
  • Bird Day - May 4
  • International Respect for Chickens Day - May 4
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day - May 8, 2021
  • Frog Jumping Day - May 13
  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice - May 14, 2021 (Second Friday in May)
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day - May 15
  • Preakness - May 15, 2021 (Third Saturday in May)
  • National Sea Monkey Day  - May 16
  • Dinosaur Day - May 18, 2021
  • World Bee Day - May 20
  • Endangered Species Day - May 21, 2021 (Third Friday in May)
  • National Heritage Breeds Day - May 22, 2021 (Saturday of Third Full Week in May)
  • International Turtle Day - May 23
  • World Turtle Day - May 23
  • World Otter Day - May 26, 2021 (Last Wednesday in May)
  • Slugs Return to Capistrano Day - May 28
  • Whooping Crane Day - May 28
  • Pink Flamingo Day - May 29
  • World Parrot Day - May 31

June Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Aquarium Month
  • Fight the Filthy Fly Month
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week - June 20-26, 2021 (Mid June)
  • Bed Bug Awareness Week - June 6-12, 2021
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week - June 20-26, 2021 (Last Full Week of June)
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! - June 20-26, 2021 (Last Week of June)
  • National Insect Week - June 21-27, 2021
  • National Mosquito Control Awareness Week - June 20-26, 2021 (Last Full Week in June)
  • National Pollinator Week - June 21-27, 2021
  • Pet Appreciation Week - June 6-12, 2021 (First Week in June)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • Dinosaur Day - June 1 and May 18, 2021
  • Belmont Stakes - June 5, 2021
  • National Black Bear Day - June 5, 2021 (First Saturday in June)
  • Turtle Races Day - June 5, 2021 (First Saturday in June)
  • National Animal Rights Day - June 6, 2021 (First Sunday in June)
  • June Bug Day - June 7
  • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos - June 8
  • World Pet Memorial Day - June 8, 2021 (Second Tuesday in June)
  • National Black Cow Day - June 10
  • World Sea Turtle Day  - June 16
  • National Pets in Film Day - June 19
  • American Eagle Day - June 20
  • World Giraffe Day - June 21
  • National Catfish Day - June 25

Animal Holiday Information from Holidays and Observances

Leigh's son Ryan, and a Monkey friend!  Ryan said the look on his face was because the monkey had been pulling his hair.


July Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • National Bison Month
  • Wild About Wildlife Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Celebration of the Horse Day - July 16-18, 2021 (Third Weekend)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week - Third Week of July
  • National Farriers Week - July 4-10, 2021
  • National Moth Week - July 17-25, 2021
  • National Zoo Keeper Week - July 18-24, 2021 (Third Week in July)
  • Rabbit Week - July 15-21

2021 Days: (Date Order)


August Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • National Catfish Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • International Bat Night(s) - August 27-29, 2021 (Last Full Weekend in August)
  • Shark Week - August (Specific Dates TBA)

2021 Days: (Date Order)


September Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • National Save a Tiger Month
  • National Velociraptor Awareness Month (Dinosaur)
  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week - September 19-25, 2021 (Third Week of September)
  • National Farm Animals Awareness Week - September 18-24, 2021  (Starts on Third Saturday in September)
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week - September 26 - October 2, 2021 (Last Week of September)
  • Shetland Wool Week - September 4-5, 2021

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • Save Japan's Dolphins Day - September 1
  • International Vulture Awareness Day - September 4, 2021 (First Saturday in September)
  • National Hummingbird Day - September 4, 2021 (First Saturday in September)
  • National Wildlife Day - September 4
  • National Threatened Species Day - September 7
  • National Iguana Awareness Day - September 11, 2021 (Second Saturday in September)
  • National Pet Memorial Day - September 12, 2021 (Second Sunday in September)
  • International Red Panda Day - September 18, 2021 (Third Saturday of September)
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22
  • World Rhino Day - September 22
  • National Bluebird of Happiness Day - September 24
  • Save the Koala Day - September 24, 2021 (Last Friday in September)
  • Fish Amnesty Day - September 25, 2021 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • International Rabbit Day - September 25, 2021 (Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September)
  • National Wildlife Ecology Day - September 25, 2021 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • Shamu the Whale Day - September 26
  • Happy Goose Day - September 29 


October Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Feral Hog Month, or Hog Out Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • World Animal Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Veterinary Technician Week - October 10-16, 2021
  • National Wolf Awareness Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October Sunday to Saturday)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1
  • World Farm Animals Day - October 2
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day - October 3
  • Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Day - October 4
  • World Animal Day - October 4
  • National Badger Day - October 6
  • National Salmon Day - October 8
  • Vet Nurse Day - October 8, 2021 (Second Friday in October)
  • International Sloth Day - October 20
  • Reptile Awareness Day - October 21
  • National Mule Day - October 26
  • World Lemar Day - October 29, 2021 (Last Friday in October)
  • Hug a Sheep Day - October 30, 2021 (Last Saturday in October)


November Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Turkey Month
  • Manatee Awareness Month

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week - November 7-13, 2021 (First Full Week of November)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • Jellyfish Day - November 3
  • Bison Day - November 6, 2021 (First Saturday in November)
  • World Numbat Day - November 6, 2021 (First Saturday of November)
  • National Hug a Bear Day - November 7 (...a Stuffed Bear!)
  • American Frog Day - November 10
  • AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Day - November 12
  • Turtle Adoption Day - November 27


December Animal Hoidays

2021 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2021 - January 5, 2021 (Every Dec. 14 - Jan. 5)

2021 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Cheetah Day - December 4
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day - December 4
  • International Day of Veterinary Medicine - December 9
  • National Llama Day - December 9
  • Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales - December 10
  • International Animal Rights Day - December 10
  • National Day of Animal Rights - December 10
  • Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day - December 11
  • National Day of the Horse - December 13
  • Monkey Day - December 14
  • Visit the Zoo Day - December 27

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