For the Animals
Calendar 2013


January

ADOPT-A-RESCUED-BIRD MONTH (Petfinder.com)
NATIONAL TRAIN YOUR DOG MONTH (Assn. of Pet Dog Trainers)
WALK-YOUR-PET MONTH (Pawsitively Pets)
UNCHAIN A DOG MONTH (PETA)

  • 2 --- National Pet Travel Safety Day (always)
  • 5 --- National Bird Day (always)
  • 10 --- Save the Eagles Day
  • 12 --- Wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone Park
  • 14 --- Albert Schweitzer born 1875
  • 20 --- National Penguin Awareness Day (always)
  • 3rd weekend --- Bald Eagle Appreciation Days (Keokuk, IA)
  • 21 --- Squirrel Appreciation Day (always)
  • 22 --- National Answer-Your-Cat's-Questions Day (always)
  • 24 --- Change A Pet's Life Day (Hills Pet Nutrition)
  • 31 --- World Day for the Abolition of Meat (always)

 

February

PREVENT-A-LITTER MONTH
   (Humane Society of the United States - HSUS)
ADOPT-A-RESCUED-RABBIT MONTH (Petfinder.com)
PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
   (American Veterinary Medical Association - AVMA and American
    Veterinary Dental Society - AVDS)
NATIONAL BIRD-FEEDING MONTH
   (National Bird-Feeding Society)
NATIONAL CAT HEALTH MONTH
RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS MONTH

Weeks:

  • 2nd week --- Have-a-Heart-for-Chained-Dogs Week (Dogs Deserve Better)
  • 2nd week --- Homes for Birds Week (National Association of Independent Wild Bird Stores)
  • 3rd week --- Random Acts of Kindness Week (help local shelters)

Days:

 

March

DOLPHIN AWARENESS MONTH
ADOPT-A-RESCUED-GUINEA-PIG MONTH (Petfinder.com)
POISON PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

Weeks:

Days:

  • 1 --- Horse Protection Day (always)
  • 1 --- National Pig Day (always)
  • 1 --- Congress establishes Yellowstone 1872
  • 3 --- What-If-Cats-and-Dogs-Had-Opposable-Thumbs Day (always)
  • 14 --- Learn about Butterflies Day
  • 14 --- Save-A-Spider Day (always) (ASPCA)
  • 15 --- Buzzard Day (always)(Hinckley, OH)
  • 19 --- Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day (always)
  • 20 --- Great American Meatout (always) (FARM)
  • 20 --- International Earth Day (always) (Earthsite)
  • 22 --- International Day of the Seal (always)
  • 22 --- World Water Day (United Nations) (always)
  • 23 --- National Puppy Day (always)
  • 24 --- Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 1989
  • 30 --- Mule Day (always)

 

April

PREVENT LYME DISEASE IN DOGS MONTH
PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS MONTH (ASPCA)
WORLD HABITAT AWARENESS MONTH
NATIONAL PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH
NATIONAL PET MONTH
NATIONAL FROG MONTH

Weeks:

  • 1st week --- Be Kind to Spiders Week
  • 1st week --- National Week of the Ocean (Nat'l Week of the Ocean)
  • 2nd week --- National Animal Control Appreciation Week (National Animal Control Assn.)
  • 3rd week --- Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (varies) (HSUS)
  • 3rd week --- National Pet ID Week
  • 3rd week --- World Week for Animals in Labs (varies) (IDA)
  • Last week --- National Park Week (National Park Service)
  • Last week --- National Scoop the Poop Week (Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists)

Days:

  • 1 --- Pet Tag Day (always) (American Humane Association - AHA)
  • 2 --- National Ferret Day (always)
  • 3 --- Jane Goodall born 1934
  • 4 --- World Rat Day (always)
  • 7 --- World Health Day (always)
  • 7 --- National Pet Health Insurance Day (Veterinary Pet Insurance) (always)
  • 10 --- Farm Animals Day (always)
  • 10 --- ASPCA chartered 1866
  • 11 --- National Pet Day (always)
  • 13 --- "Silent Spring" published 1962
  • 14 --- National Dolphin Day (always)
  • 18 --- Pet Owner's Day (always)
  • 24 --- World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association - WVA)
  • 21 --- John Muir born 1835
  • 22 --- Earth Day (always) (National Holiday)
  • 23 --- Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day (always)
  • 24 --- Make Mine Chocolate Day (Columbus House Rabbit Society)
  • 25 --- World Penguin Day (always)
  • 25 --- Don't Step in the Dog Poop Day
  • 26 --- John Audubon born 1785
  • 26 --- National Kids and Pets Day
  • 26 --- Free Feral Cat Spay Day (always) (Alley Cat Rescue)
  • 27 --- Save the Frogs Day (always)
  • 30 --- Arbor Day (National Holiday)
  • 30 --- National Hairball Awareness Day (Hills Pet Food Company)(always)
  • Last Saturday --- World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association - WVA)
  • Last Sunday --- National Pet Parents Day (Veterinary Pet Insurance) (always)
  • Last Sunday --- International Day of the Dog (International Day of the Dog)(always)

 

May

BE-KIND-TO-ANIMALS MONTH
AMERICAN WETLANDS MONTH (American Wetlands Campaign)
ASTHMA AND ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH
CHIP YOUR PET MONTH (HomeAgain, Shering-Plough)
CLEAN AIR MONTH
GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE MONTH (National Wildlife Federation)
INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS MONTH (United Poultry Concerns)
NATIONAL PET MONTH (mainly recognized in UK, but also seen in
   U.S.)
NATIONAL SERVICE DOG EYE EXAMINATION MONTH (American College of Veterinary Optholmologists)
GO FETCH! FOOD DRIVE FOR HOMELESS ANIMALS MONTH

Weeks:

  • 1st week --- Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA)
  • 1st week --- National Pet Week (Pet Week)
  • 3rd week --- National Dog Bite Prevention Week (HSUS)

Days:

  • 1st Sunday --- Mayday for Mutts (always)
  • 1 --- Save-the-Rhino Day (always)
  • 3 --- Specially-abled Pets Day (always)
  • 4 --- International Respect for Chickens Day (always)
  • 2nd Saturday --- Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (always)
  • 2nd Saturday --- International Migratory Bird Day (Bird Day) (always)
  • 2nd Sunday --- National Veal Ban Action Day (Farm Sanctuary) (always)
  • 13 --- Frog Jumping Day (always)
  • 20 --- Endangered Species Day (always)
  • 3rd weekend --- Marine Mammal Freedom Weekend (always)
  • 22 --- International Day for Biological Diversity (always) (United Nations - UN)
  • 23 --- World Turtle Day (always)
  • 27 --- Sierra Club founded 1892
  • 27 --- Rachel Carson born 1907
  • 29 --- National Environmental Protection Act 1969

 

June

ADOPT-A-SHELTER-CAT MONTH (ASPCA)
ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH (AHA)
KEEP WILDLIFE IN THE WILD MONTH (Born Free USA)
NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH
NATIONAL MICROCHIPPING MONTH (AKC)
NATIONAL ZOO AND AQUARIUM MONTH

Weeks:

  • 1st week --- National Oceans Week
  • 1st week --- Pet Appreciation Week
  • 3rd week --- Carpenter Ants Awareness Week
  • 3rd week --- Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • 3rd week --- Take-Your-Pet-to-Work-Week

Days:

  • 2 --- Avon first company to stop animal testing 1989
  • 5 --- Hug Your Cat Day (Founded by Marisa D'Vari. Celebrated on the start of BookExpo America. Is celebrated on various days.)
  • 5 --- World Environment Day (always) (UN)
  • 2nd Sunday --- World Pet Memorial Day
  • 16 --- World Sea Turtle Day
  • 19 --- Pets in Film Day (always)
  • 19 --- Garfield the Cat Day (always)
  • 20 --- American Bald Eagle Day (always) (American Eagle Foundation)
  • 20 --- International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (In Defense of Animals)
  • 24 --- Take-Your-Dog-to-Work Day (Pet Sitters International)

 

July

DOG HOUSE REPAIRS MONTH
DOG DAYS - July 8-August 11
ADOPT-A-SHELTER-RABBIT MONTH (ASPCA)

Weeks:

  • 1st week --- World Week for Captive Dolphins
  • 2nd week --- National Farriers Week
  • 3rd week --- Animal Rights Awareness Week
  • 3rd week --- Coral Reef Awareness Week
  • 3rd week --- Cow Appreciation Week

Days:

  • 1 --- American Zoo Day
  • 5 --- World Environment Day (always)
  • 10 --- Don't Step on a Bee Day
  • 11 --- World Population Day (always) (UN)
  • 12 --- USDA bans face branding of cattle 1994
  • 15 --- Cow Appreciation Day (always)
  • 15 --- I Love Horses Day
  • 15 --- National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • 15 --- Shark Awareness Day
  • 16 --- World Snake Day

 

August

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

Weeks:

  • 2nd week --- International Assistance Dog Week

Days:

 

September

HAPPY CAT MONTH (The Catalyst Council & AVMA)
NATIONAL SAVE-THE-TIGER MONTH
NATIONAL CHICKEN MONTH
NATIONAL GUIDE DOG MONTH
PET HEALTH INSURANCE MONTH (Canada)
PET SMILE MONTH
SENIOR CARE HEALTH MONTH (Iams, Pfizer Animal Health)
WORLD ANIMAL REMEMBRANCE MONTH

Weeks:

  • 3rd week --- National Farm Animals Awareness Week(HSUS)
  • 3rd week --- New Mexico's Week for the Animals
  • 3rd week --- Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week (Petfinder) (always)
  • 4th week --- National Dog Week (National Dog Week)
  • 4th week --- National Deaf Pet Adoption Week
  • 4th week --- Sea Otter Awareness Week

Days:

  • 1st Saturday --- National Hummingbird Day
  • 2nd Saturday --- National Iguana Awareness Day (NIAD)
  • 2nd Sunday --- National Pet Memorial Day (Int'l Association of Pet Cemeteries)
  • 3rd Saturday --- International Coastal Cleanup Day (The Ocean Conservancy)
  • 3rd Saturday --- Responsible Dog Ownership Day (American Kennel Club)
  • 4 --- National Wildlife Day (always)
  • 15 --- PETroglyphs Day in New Mexico (Proclaimed by Governor Richardson in honor of PETroglyphs being the only independent, award-winning, state-wide newspaper dedicated solely to animal issues.)
  • 18 --- Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • 21 --- International Day of Peace (always) (UN)
  • 4th Saturday --- National Wildlife Ecology Day (Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting)
  • 22 --- National Elephant Appreciation Day (always)
  • 23 --- Dogs and Politics Day (always)
  • 24 --- Fish Amnesty Day (PETA)
  • 26 --- National Wild Horse Adoption Day
  • 26 --- International Rabbit Day (4th Saturday)
  • 28 --- World Rabies Day (Alliance for Rabies Control - UK initiated it; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a founding partner)
  • 29 --- National Goose Day (always)

 

October

ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH (ASPCA)
ADOPT-A-DOG MONTH (AHA)
NATIONAL CUT-OUT-DISSECTION MONTH (People for the Ethical
   Treatment of Animals - PETA)
NATIONAL ANIMAL SAFETY AND PROTECTION MONTH (Emergency
   Animal Rescue Service - United Animal Nations)
VEGETARIAN AWARENESS MONTH (EarthSave)
NATIONAL PET WELLNESS MONTH (AVMA, Fort Dodge Animal
   Health)
NATIONAL SQUIRREL AWARENESS MONTH (The Squirrel Lover's
   Club
)
WORLD ANIMAL MONTH

Weeks:

Days:

  • 1 --- Fire Pup Day
  • 1 --- World Vegetarian Day (always) (Earthsave)
  • 1st Monday --- World Habitat Day (UN)
  • 2 --- Gandhi's Birthday 1869
  • 2 --- World Farm Animals Day (always) (FARM)
  • 3 --- Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • 4 --- St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day/World Pets' Day/World Animal Day (always) (Great Resource Site for World Animal Day)
  • 4-10 --- World Animal Week (World Society for the Protection of Animals)
  • 6-12 --- National Walk Your Dog Week
  • 12 --- National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • 16 --- National Feral Cat Day (always) (Alley Cat Allies)
  • 18 --- Water Pollution Control Act 1972
  • 21 --- Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972
  • 21 --- Reptile Awareness Day (always)
  • 22 --- Make a Difference Day
  • 23 --- National Mole Day (always)
  • 26 --- National Mule Day (always)
  • 27 --- Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act, 1980: "dolphin-safe tuna" labeling
  • 29 --- National Cat Day (always)

 

November

ADOPT-A-TURKEY MONTH (Farm Sanctuary)
VEGAN MONTH
WISHBONES FOR PETS MONTH (Wishbones for Pets)
ADOPT-A-SENIOR-PET MONTH (Petfinder.com)
NATIONAL SENIOR PET MONTH (ASPCA)
PET CANCER AWARENESS MONTH (PetCancerAwareness.org)
PET DIABETES MONTH (Intervet)

Weeks:

  • 1st week --- Bird Health Awareness Week (USDA)
  • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week (HSUS)
  • 1st week --- National Cat Week
  • 2nd week --- National Farm Week
  • 2nd week --- European Veterinary Week (European Commission, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and the French Presidency)
  • 4th week --- Puppy Mill Action Week (HSUS)

Days:

  • 1 --- World Vegan Day (always) (The Vegan Society)
  • 5 --- Worldwide Anti-whaling Day
  • 13 --- World Kindness Day
  • 16 --- National Park Service established, 1916
  • 17 --- Benetton stops animal tests 1988
  • 17 --- National Black Cat Day (Celebrated in Italy. Italian Association in Defense of Animals and the Environment - AIDAA)
  • 17 --- National Take a Hike Day
  • 4th Thursday --- Turkey-free Thanksgiving Day
  • 23 --- Fur Free Friday (Fur Free Friday)
  • 27 --- Turtle Adoption Day
  • 30 --- Pet Ownership in Assisted Rental Housing for the Elderly/Handicapped Act 1983

 

December

SAFE TOYS AND GIFTS MONTH

  • 2 --- International Whaling Commission 1946
  • 2 --- National Mutts Day (Animal Network Foundation)
  • 3 --- World Conservation Day
  • 9 --- Horse Protection Act 1978
  • 10 --- Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales
  • 13 --- National Day of the Horse (designated by Congress in 2004)
  • 14 --- Monkey Day
  • 15 --- Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act 1971
  • 15 --- Cat Herders Day (always)
  • 21 --- World Peace Day/Winter Solstice (always)
  • 28 --- Endangered Species Act 1973

 

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