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 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.
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.