With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help my Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in January.
- Happy Mew Year! was created by Ruth and Tom Roy. The two host a website called Well Cat where they celebrate quirky holidays.
- Pet Travel Safety Day was created by Colleen Paige. It seeks to educate pet owners about ways to make vehicle travel safer for their pets.
- National Bird Day was created to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds. Born Free USA warns that nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.
- Dress Up Your Pet Day was created by animal advocate and pet holiday creator extraordinaire, Colleen Paige. This special day is designed to celebrate pets and to support the pet fashion community.
- Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina. No matter how you feel about squirrels, January 21st has been set aside annually to honor them.
- Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day recognizes that cats communicate in different ways. They communicate vocally and through body language. It’s up to us as their caretakers to learn how to interpret their communications.
- The Seeing Eye Dog celebrates our world with service dogs. On this date in 1929, the school for Seeing Eye Dogs was opened in Nashville, Tennessee. This guide school trained dogs to assist the blind and since then has influenced programs all over the world. From those roots arose our service dogs of today, whose duties can extend to helping people with not just physical but also emotional and medical needs.
To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall from February through December.