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

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - January 21-22, 2017

2017 Days: (Date Order)


February Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 17-20, 2017
  • Homes for Birds Week - Second Week of February
  • International Hoof Care Week - January 24-27, 2017
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week - February 19-26, 2017
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 19-26, 2017
  • National Nestbox Week - February 14-21

2017 Days: (Date Order)


March Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Dolphin Awareness Month

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • International Festival of Owls - March 3-5, 2017
  • National Aardvark Week - Second Week of March
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week - March 19-25, 2017 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Wildlife Week - March 14-18, 2016 (2017 date TBA)
  • Termite Awareness  Week - March 12-18, 2017
  • Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign - March 11-17

2017 Days: (Date Order)


April Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • National Frog Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week - April 16-22, 2017  (Third Week in April)
  • Bat Appreciation Week - April 2-8, 2017 (First Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week - April 9-15, 2017  (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week - April 10-16, 2016 (2017 TBA)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week - April 16-24, 2016 (Week that surrounds April 24th each year) (2017 TBA)
  • World Week for Animals in Laboratories - April 24-30, 2016 (2017 TBA)

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Birding Day - April 1, 2017 (First Saturday of April)
  • National Ferret Day - April 2
  • 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 Dolphin Day - April 14
  • Save the Elephant Day - April 16
  • International Bat Appreciation Day - April 17
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories - April 24
  • World Penguin Day - April 25
  • Audubon Day - April 26
  • National Help a Horse Day - April 26
  • National Go Birding Day - April 29, 2017 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day - April 29, 2017 (Last Saturday in April)
  • National Animal Advocacy Day - April 30


May Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • International Respect for Chickens Month 

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Be Kind to Animals Week - May 7-13, 2017 (First Full Week in May)
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day - May 18-21, 2017 (Calavaras County, CA)
  • World Migratory Bird Day - May 12-13

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • Save the Rhino Day - May 1
  • Bird Day - May 4
  • International Respect for Chickens Day - May 4
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day - May 8
  • Frog Jumping Day - May 13
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 13, 2017 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Dinosaur Day - May 15
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day - May 15
  • National Sea Monkey Day  - May 16
  • Endangered Species Day - May 19, 2017 (Third Friday in May)
  • International Turtle Day - May 23
  • Sea Turtle Day  - May 23
  • World Turtle Day - May 23
  • Slugs Return to Capistrano Day - May 28
  • Whooping Crane Day - May 28
  • Pink Flamingo Day - May 29
  • International Hug Your Cat Day - May 30


June Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

2016 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week - June 18-24, 2017 (Mid June)
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! - June 25 - July 12, 2017 (Last Week of June)

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos - June 8
  • National Black Cow Day - June 10
  • World Sea Turtle Day - June 14


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

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Coral Reef Awareness Week - Third Week of July
  • Fish are Friends, Not Food Week! - June 25 - July 1, 2017 (Last Week of June)
  • National Farriers Week - July 9-15, 2017 

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • American Zoo Day - July 1
  • Don't Step on a Bee Day - July 10
  • Cow Appreciation Day - July 12
  • I Love Horses Day - July 15
  • Shark Awareness Day - July 15
  • World Snake Day - July 16
  • Monkey Day - July 21
  • Rat Catcher's Day - July 22
  • Mosquito Day - July 23
  • International Tiger Day - July 29


August Animal Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • International Assistance Dog Week - August 6-12, 2017 (Starts on First Sunday in August)

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • World Elephant Day - August 12
  • World Lizard Day - August 14
  • International Homeless Animals Day - August 19, 2017 (Third Saturday of August) 
  • National Homeless Animals Day - August 19, 2017 (Third Saturday of August)
  • National Honey Bee Day - August 19, 2017 (Third Saturday of August)
  • World Orangutan Day - August 19
  • World Mosquito Day - August 20
  • International Whale Shark Day - August 30


September Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

2017 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Farm Animals Awareness Week - September 16-23, 2017  (Third week of September)
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week - September 24-30, 2017 (Last Week of September)

2017 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Hummingbird Day - September 2, 2017 (First Saturday in September)
  • National Wildlife Day - September 4
  • National Iguana Awareness Day - September 8
  • International Red Panda Day - September 16, 2017 (Third Saturday of September)
  • Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22
  • World Rhino Day - September 22
  • Fish Amnesty Day - September 23, 2017 (Fourth Saturday in September)
  • International Rabbit Day - September 23, 2017 (Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September)
  • National Bluebird of Happiness Day - September 24
  • Shamu the Whale Day - September 26
  • Happy Goose Day - September 29
  • Save the Koala Day - September 29, 2017 (Last Friday in September)


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

2016 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Wolf Awareness Week - October 9-15, 2016 (Second Full Week of October)
  • National Veterinary Technician Week - October 9-15, 2016

2016 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1
  • World Farm Animals Day - October 2
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day - October 3
  • World Animal Day - October 4
  • International Sloth Day - October 20
  • Reptile Awareness Day - October 21
  • National Mule Day - October 26


November Animal Holidays

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Manatee Awareness Month

2016 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week - November 6-12, 2016 (First Full Week of November)

2016 Days: (Date Order)

  • Jellyfish Day - November 3
  • National Hug a Bear Day - November 7 (...a Stuffed Bear!)


December Animal Hoidays

2016 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2016 - January 5, 2017 (Every Dec. 14 - Jan. 5)

2016 Days: (Date Order)

  • International Cheetah Day - December 4
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day - December 4
  • National Day of Animal Rights - December 10
  • National Day of the Horse - December 13
  • Monkey Day - December 14
  • Visit the Zoo Day - December 27


Follow our Holidays and Observances Animal Holidays Board on Pinterest - below you will see our 30 most recent pins to this photo board! (Note: You'll find all the Dogs and Cats on our Pet Holidays Board)



Click on the SEE ON PINTEREST bar right above, to see all the rest of our photo's on this board, and to Follow the board.  This is one board where I'll constantly be adding new pictures to!!


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Please also check out our Pet Holidays Summary Page for all the Dog Holidays and Cat Holidays!




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