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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

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; Gertrude of Nivelles Day (“The Cat Lady of the Catholic Church”)
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)
Sunday 17 April - Bat Appreciation Day; National Pet ID Week in US (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday); Dancing Cow Day in Denmark (On the third Sunday of April); Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week in USA (Humane Society of the US – third week in April)
Thursday 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)
Friday 29 April - Hairball Awareness Day (Last Friday in April); Birthday of the World Wildlife Fund (Date of foundation of the WWF April 29, 1961, Morges, Switzerland)

May 2022

Monday 2 May - Ferret Day; Puppy Mill Action Week in US (Begins the Monday before Mother's Day); World Tuna Day
Monday 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); National Vegetarian Week
Friday 20 May - World Endangered Species Day (This environmental date is celebrated on the third Friday of May); National Rescue Dog Day in US
Saturday 21 May - World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)
Monday 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 25 May - World Otter Day (Held on the last Wednesday of May)

June 2022

Thursday 2 June - National Dog Day (Día Nacional del Perro)
Monday 13 June - Animal Rights Awareness Week ( Begins from the third week of June)
Tuesday 14 June - World Pet Memorial Day (Held on the second Tuesday of June)
Thursday 16 June - World Sea Turtle Day (WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation)
Tuesday 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
Friday 24 June - Take Your Dog to Work Day (Friday after Father's Day)

July 2022

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

August 2022

Sunday 7 August - International Assistance Dog Week (Starts on First Sunday in August)
Friday 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)
Friday 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)
Saturday 27 August - World Day for the End of Speciesism (The concept appeared in 1970 in the work of British psychologist Richard D. Ryder, Speciesism); International Bat Night

September 2022

Sunday 11 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)
Thursday 15 September - Greenpeace Birthday (an international independent non-governmental environmental organization established in 1971 in Canada)
Saturday 17 September - Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September); Puppy Mill Awareness Day (Third Saturday in September)
Sunday 18 September - National Dog Week in USA (Last Full Week of September); National Deaf Dog Awareness Week in US (Last Full Week in September)
Monday 19 September - Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week (Last Full Week in September); National Deaf Pet Awareness Week in USA (Held in the last full week of September)

October 2022

Thursday 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)
Friday 14 October - International Vet Nurse Day (Held on the second Friday of October)
Sunday 16 October - Feral Cat Day (Global Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies); Hagfish Day; National Veterinary Technician Week in USA (sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America)

November 2022

Saturday 5 November - National Bison Day in United States (Date for 2022. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)
Thursday 10 November - World Chicken Day (Second Thursday of November)

December 2022

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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