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Animal Ambassadors: February Calendar Dates

Posted on: February 27, 2017

calendar2017With 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 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 February.

  • Adopt A Rabbit Month brings awareness to the need for rabbit rescue. Shelter intake and adoption numbers were tracked at four shelters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 2005-2010 as part of a 2012 study by a pair of researchers with the University of Guelph in Canada. The study revealed that rabbits and birds competed for the dubious honor of being the third most frequently surrendered animal.
  • Pet Theft Awareness was launched in 1988 by the Last Chance for Animals and is aimed at educating animal owners about how to keep their pets safe from thieves. It’s estimated that about two million pets are stolen each year, and only 10% are returned to their owners.
  • Love Your Pet is time to celebrate your relationship with your pets.
  • Walk Your Dog Day, celebrated on February 22, makes sense for the health benefits for both pet owners and dogs.
  • Appreciate Dog Biscuit Day brings awareness to the need to make smart treat choices. You might notice that many pet holidays seem to have unknown origins. Appreciate Dog Biscuit Day is no exception. What is known, however, is how the first dog biscuits came about. In the mid-19th century, American manufacturer James Spratt observed stray dogs scrounging for food when he visited England. Inspired, Spratt began producing dog biscuits using a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.

Missing from my roundup are: Have A Heart for Chained Dogs, National Justice for Dogs, World Spay Day, and United States Spay Day.

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 throughout the rest of the year.

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2 Responses to "Animal Ambassadors: February Calendar Dates"

We sure miss our Little Bit. We took better care of her than we do ourselves. Whenever anyone posts about special days for our four legged family members it makes us smile that we had our precious Little Bit as long as we did.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

I still miss my Lucy girl who died in December 2013. Pets are family and they leave a hole when gone.

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

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