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Animal Ambassadors #24: October Calendar Dates

Posted on: October 30, 2017

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 October.

Pet Obesity Day: You may be aware that almost 70% of adult Americans are overweight, but you may not know that an estimated 54% of dogs and 58% of cats in the United States also have a weight issue. Pet Obesity Awareness Day, celebrated on the second Wednesday of October, brings awareness to this health issue and promotes more balanced diets and active lifestyles for our pets.

Feral Cat Day: A pet calendar date dear to my heart is National Feral Cat Day. Celebrated on October 16, the goal is to raise awareness of community cats and to promote Trap Neuter Release (TNR) as the best method for stabilizing cat populations. Alley Cat Allies initiated this day on 2001 on the group’s 10th anniversary.

In 2017, this day was renamed Global Cat Day: Just in time for Global Cat Day (previously known as Feral Cat Day) on October 16, I’d like to present you with a tale of two cats. The first tale is about Gypsy, an eight-week-old kitten, whose mother brought her to the right place. Little Mama brought her kitten to the home of Donna Kavanagh and Ron Stow, who both knew that Gypsy would have a better life with them.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day: As reports continue to air of dog attacks attributed to pit bulls (even when the breed of the attacker has not been proven), there is no better time to honor National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD). Now more now than ever, we need to educate the public about faulty stereotypes and bring positive attention to the pit bull.

National Cat Day: Cat lovers of the world, unite! National Cat Day, held annually on October 29, was created in 2005 to pay tribute to our wonderful feline companions. It’s also intended to draw attention to the plight of over 2 million homeless cats that are euthanized every year. Shortly after Colleen Paige created National Cat Day, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals embraced it for the above reasons and to highlight also the growing problem of and possible solutions to feral cat colonies.

Missing from my roundup are: ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, World Animal Day, National Walk Your Dog Week, National Veterinary Technician Week, and Reptile Awareness 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.

2 Responses to "Animal Ambassadors #24: October Calendar Dates"

Some of these I’ve heard of and others I’ve not.

Have a fabulous day. Happy Halloween. ☺

Two years ago, I started this project of researching pet calendar dates. It’s been informative and fun! Happy Halloween.

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