Dog-related official days


As different dog/pet days exist in several countries, the lists provided here below are may be completed. We tried to focus on the most recognised days.



Name of the day


Explanation / Source

Walking the Dog Day

February 22nd


National Puppy Day

March 23rd

National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige

Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 20th

(Friday following Father’s Day)

Pet Sitters International (PSI) created Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) in 1999.

TYDTWDay® encourages employers to experience the joy of pets in the workplace on this special day and support their local pet community

Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

August 1st


The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown

National Dog Day

August 26th

Founded in 2014 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige




Name of the day


Explanation / Source

National Pet Travel Safety Day

January 2nd

National Pet Travel Safety Day, recognized on January 2nd, was founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate and former Paramedic, Colleen Paige to highlight the dangers of unsecured pets in vehicles and educate the public about how to make vehicle travel safer for people and the pets they love.

Change a Pet’s Life Day

January 24th

Supported by Animal Rescue league Boston

World Spay Day

Last Tuesday of February

Created by Humane Society International US

Love your Pet Day

February 20th

This “unofficial” National holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets that you love everyday. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.

World stray animals day

April 4th

Created by WSPA, Streetdogblog, Animal Foundation Platform (Dutch), Save the Dogs (Romania), Dog Help Ukraine, WSPA (on stray animals), Embark (Sri Lanka), SPARE Lives (Egypt), Romania Animal Rescue, Romania Animal Aid and Canine Life Support (Sri Lanka)

National Pet Day USA

April 11th

National Pet Day was founded in 2005 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert & Colleen Paige

World Pet Memorial Day

Second Sunday in June


International Homeless Animals’ Day

August 16th


Created by the International Society for Animal Rights

National Pet Memorial Day

Second Sunday in September

Recognizing the importance of remembering our cherished pets, the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC) has designated the second Sunday in September as National Pet Memorial Day. Most pet cemeteries observe this day with special ceremonies, open houses, and other events.