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Pet and Animal Holidays celebrated around the World

Pet and Animal Holidays celebrated around the World for 2021-2022 year
Most Animal Holidays are dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild animals and their habitats throughout the world. Supported and launched by wildlife organizations and animal lovers in countries across the globe, most such Holidays were founded as an effort to raise awareness of animal welfare, and encourage the support of wild animal habitat conservation programs and animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries. Every year many Animal Holidays have a new conservation theme with corresponding artwork, educational materials, and activities. Pet Holidays are often intended as fun holidays to appreciate our fluffy friends, and thank them for their endless and unconditional love. Pet Holidays founders also intend these Holidays to improve the welfare of pets by trying to stop cruelty towards them, and educating pet owners about the special issues involved with taking care of the animals.

List of Pet and Animal Holidays for 2021-2022 year

April 2021

Wednesday 21 April - Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day (They are related to the Asiatic Mastiff, which, according to historical records, lived in Mesopotamia around 4,000 BC)
Sunday 25 April - World Penguin Day; National Pet ID Week in US (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday)
Thursday 29 April - Birthday of the World Wildlife Fund (Date of foundation of the WWF April 29, 1961, Morges, Switzerland)

May 2021

Sunday 2 May - Ferret Day; National Pet Week in US (First Full Week in May); Mayday for Mutts (First Sunday in May); World Tuna Day
Saturday 15 May - World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)
Sunday 16 May - Sea Monkey Day (They’re known as Artemia New York Ocean Science and go through anhydrobiosis, or hibernation when they are dried out. Then, with the right mixture of water and nutrients they can spring right back into life)
Friday 21 May - World Endangered Species Day (This environmental date is celebrated on the third Friday of May)
Sunday 23 May - World Turtle Day (sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive)
Wednesday 26 May - World Otter Day (Held on the last Wednesday of May)

June 2021

Wednesday 2 June - National Dog Day (Día Nacional del Perro)
Sunday 6 June - Pet Appreciation Week (First Full Week in June); International Day of Cleaning Water Reservoirs (celebrated since 1995)
Wednesday 16 June - World Sea Turtle Day (WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation)
Monday 21 June - World Giraffe Day (is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night); National Dog Party Day in US; Take Your Dog to Work Week in US
Friday 25 June - National Catfish Day (United States); Take Your Dog to Work Day (Friday after Father's Day)

July 2021

Friday 23 July - World Whale and Dolphin Day (International Whaling Commission — IWC)
Saturday 31 July - Mutt's Day (By definition a mutt, sometimes called a "Half-breed", is a dog that is of mixed breed)

August 2021

Thursday 12 August - World Elephant Day (Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012)
Thursday 26 August - Dog Day (was founded by a woman - Colleen Paige - in 2004); World Dog Day (supported by the International Fund for the Protection of Animals)
Friday 27 August - World Day for the End of Speciesism (The concept appeared in 1970 in the work of British psychologist Richard D. Ryder, Speciesism)

September 2021

Sunday 12 September - National Pet Memorial Day in US (Second Sunday of September); Hug Your Hound Day (Second Sunday of September); International Crane Day (Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in September)
Wednesday 15 September - Greenpeace Birthday (an international independent non-governmental environmental organization established in 1971 in Canada)
Friday 17 September - Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September); Puppy Mill Awareness Day (Third Saturday in September)
Saturday 18 September - National Dog Week in USA (Last Full Week of September); National Deaf Dog Awareness Week in US (Last Full Week in September)

October 2021

Sunday 3 October - Animal Welfare Week (First Full Week of October)
Wednesday 13 October - African Penguin Awareness Day (All 17 species of penguins live in the southern hemisphere, but only three species live year-round in Antarctica)

November 2021

Saturday 6 November - National Bison Day in United States (Date for 2021. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)

December 2021

January 2022

Sunday 2 January - Happy Mew Year for Cats Day (The founders, Tom and Ruth Roy, wanted cats to have a very special New Year's celebration all to themselves); National Pet Travel Safety Day in US
Friday 21 January - Squirrel Appreciation Day in North Carolina (It is an unofficial holiday started by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown in 2001, as a way to encourage people to put out seeds and nuts for these cute rodents)

February 2022

Wednesday 23 February - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt); National Dog Biscuit Day in US

March 2022

Tuesday 1 March - National Pig Day, Fruit Compote Day and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day in United States; Horse Protection Day (Horse Protection Day was first observed in 2005 when it was founded by pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Page)
Thursday 3 March - What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day; Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England; World Wildlife Day
Monday 7 March - Professional Pet Sitters Week (First Full Week in March)
Thursday 17 March - Buzzards Day (Buzzards are another word for turkey vultures, a species of vulture protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918); Larks' Day in Latvia
Friday 25 March - Crane Day in Sweden (Swedish Trandagen)

April 2022

Sunday 3 April - World Aquatic Animal Day (The first ever annual “World Aquatic Animal Day” took place April 3rd, 2020, with the inaugural theme of the aquaculture industry)
Thursday 7 April - International Beaver Day (The largest beaver-built dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada and is 850m long)
Friday 8 April - National Dog Fighting Awareness Day in US (As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April, the ASPCA)

How to celebrate Animal and Pet Holidays

Never abuse an animal yourself, and try to get actively involved in protecting them in any possible way you can think of. Doing nothing does nothing to help animals in need. And…don’t forget to be nice to your pet, and indulge it with something delicious regardless of whether it is his(her) holiday today or not.
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