2016 Cat Writers’ Calendar of Cat Holidays and Causes

Rolz-2016-quoteHappy 2016! May the year be filled with fabulous endeavors and passionate musings devoted to our favorite subject – the cat. Here is a calendar of the special days, weeks, and months devoted to them (and others) to help bring awareness to their causes and challenges:

Please be aware that this calendar is subject to change. To advise of corrections or additions, please leave a comment.

JANUARY
Walk Your Pet Month (for those that partake in leashes, harnesses, and strollers).
January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day.

FEBRUARY
National Cat Health Month.
Beat the Heat Month.
American Heart Month.
National Spay/Neuter Month (Humane Society of the United States).
National Prevent a Litter Month.
Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA).
Responsible Pet Owners Month.
February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day (Last Chance for Animals).
February 20: Love Your Pet Day.
February 21 – 27: National Justice for Animals Week.
February 23: World Spay Day (Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States – held the last Tuesday of February).

MARCH
Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
March 2 – Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day.
March 3 – If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
March 6 – 12: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 20 – 26: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 16 – 22: National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

APRIL
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month (ASPCA).
National Heartworm Awareness Month (American Heartworm Society).
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (Created by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid).
April 9: FIP Awareness Day (Mr. Swanson’s Day).
April 11: National Pet Day.
April 10 – 16: National Volunteer Week.
April 10 – 16: National Animal Control Appreciation Week.
April 17 – 23: National Pet ID Week.
April 17 – 23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (Humane Society of the United States).
April 17 – 23: National Environmental Education Week (National Environmental Education Foundation).
April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day.
April 19: Pet Owners Day.
April 22: Earth Day.
April 24: National Pet Parents Day
April 26: National Kids & Pets Day
April 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day (Alley Cat Rescue).
April 29: Hairball Awareness Day.
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
April 30: World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association).

MAY
National Pet Month.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research).
Chip Your Pet Month (Home Again Pet ID).
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day.
May 1 – 7: Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA).
May 1-7: National Pet Week (AVMA).
May 8: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
May 20: Endangered Species Day.
May 23: National Heat Awareness Day.

JUNE
National Pet Preparedness Month (Timed for the first month of hurricane season).
Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).
Adopt-a-Cat Month (AHA).
June 5 – 11: Pet Appreciation Week.
June 4: International Hug Your Cat Day.
June 9: Meezer Colors Day.
June 11: Just One Day (One day of no-kill in shelters worldwide).
June 12: World Pet Memorial Day.
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
June 19: International Box Day.
June 23 – 25: Cat Writers’ Association Annual Conference (Wild Horse Pass Sheraton Resort – Phoenix, AZ)
June 24: Cat World Domination Day.

JULY
July 4: While not a feline recognized holiday, please keep in mind that our cats (and all pets) can become highly traumatized during the 4th of July festivities. Keep your pet safely indoors and recognize the fact that they can panic or hide from the sounds that fireworks cause.
July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day.
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day.

AUGUST
National Immunization Awareness Month.
August 8: World Cat Day.
August 15: Check the Chip Day.
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
August 20: International Homeless Animal Day (International Society for Animal Rights).
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (Purr Prints of the Heart and Zee/Zoey.com).
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day.

SEPTEMBER
Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month.
National Disaster Preparedness Month (Led by FEMA’s ReadyCampaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for disaster emergencies).
National Food Safety Awareness Month.
September 11: National Pet Memorial Day (International Association of Pet Cemeteries).
September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day (MBJungle Foundation).
September 19: International “Meow Like a Pirate Day” (not a cause, but somehow cat bloggers love this day!)
September 22: Remember Me Thursday (Helen Woodward Animal Center).
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day (Global Alliance for Rabies Control).
Last full week in September: Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Petfinder.com).

OCTOBER
National Animal Safety and Protection Month (Emergency Animal Rescue Service).
National Pet Wellness Month.
First full week of October: Animal Welfare Week (AVMA).
October 9 – 15: National Veterinary Technician Week.
October 4: World Animal Day.
October 12: National Pet Obesity Day.
October 16: National Feral Cat Day (Alley Cat Allies).
October 29: National Cat Day.

NOVEMBER
National Pet Awareness Month.
Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA).
National Senior Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Pet Diabetes Month.
November 6 – 12: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (HSUS).
November 17: National Black Cat Day.

DECEMBER
No recognized awareness days in December, but this is a good time to share information on preventative safety measures for our cats during the holidays because many of the foods, plants, and decorations that are part of our festivities can be dangerous or even lethal to them. For information on the Pet Poison Hotline, please click here.

About the Author:

Deborah Barnes resides in the tropical paradise of South Florida with her fiancé and feline family of seven. She is the author of the 5-star rated books, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary and Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond as well as the award winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles that continues to cover the everyday journey she shares with her cats along with topics from the humorous behaviors of cats to very serious subjects on pet responsibility.  Deborah was awarded 2013 “Writer of the Year” by Friskies Purina on behalf of the Cat Writers’ Association and she is also the Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the numbers of animals on the streets and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

 

The 2015 Cat Writers’ Calendar for the Special Days, Weeks, and Months Devoted to Feline Care and Awareness

2015 calendar
Once again the New Year is upon us and once again there are numerous special days, weeks, and months devoted to promoting causes and awareness for our feline friends. To follow, you will find all the pertinent dates for 2015 – please take a moment to look them over and bookmark the site for reference purposes. Whether radio, blogs, columns, websites, magazines, art, photographs, or more, we all have the voice and talent to highlight these causes to help educate so that we can continue to make the world a better place for the safety, health, happiness, and well-being of cats.

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Please be aware that this calendar is subject to change. To advise of corrections or additions, please leave a comment.

JANUARY
Walk Your Pet Month (for those that partake in leashes, harnesses, and strollers).
January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day.

FEBRUARY
American Heart Month.
National Spay/Neuter Month (HSUS).
National Prevent a Litter Month.
Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA).
Responsible Pet Owners Month.
February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day (Last Chance for Animals).
February 15 – 21: National Justice for Animals Week.
February 20: Love Your Pet Day.
February 24: World Spay Day (Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States – held the last Tuesday of February).

MARCH
Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
March 1 – 7: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 2 – 8: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
March 15 – 21: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 16 – 22: National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
March 23 – 29: National Tsunami Awareness Week.

APRIL
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month (ASPCA).
National Heartworm Awareness Month (American Heartworm Society).
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (Created by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid).
April 9: FIP Awareness (Mr. Swanson’s Day).
April 11: National Pet Day.
April 12 – 18: National Volunteer Week.
April 12 – 18: National Animal Control Appreciation Week.
Third week in April: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (HSUS).
Third full week of April starting with a Sunday: National Pet ID Week.
April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day.
April 22: Earth Day.
April 24: Hairball Awareness Day.
April 25: World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association).
April 26: National Kids & Pets Day
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

MAY
National Pet Month.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research).
Chip Your Pet Month (Home Again Pet ID).
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day.
May 3 – 9: Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA).
May 3-9: National Pet Week (AVMA).
May 9: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
May 15: Endangered Species Day.
May 23: National Heat Awareness Day.
May 25 – 31: National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
May 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day (Alley Cat Rescue).

JUNE
National Pet Preparedness Month (Timed for the first month of hurricane season).
Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).
Adopt-a-Cat Month (AHA).
First week in June: Pet Appreciation Week.
June 4: International Hug Your Cat Day.
June 14: World Pet Memorial Day.
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
June 22 – 28: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

JULY
July 4: While not a feline recognized holiday, please keep in mind that our cats (and all pets) can become highly traumatized during the 4th of July festivities. Keep your pet safely indoors and recognize the fact that they can panic or hide from the sounds that fireworks cause.
July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day.
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day.

AUGUST
National Immunization Awareness Month.
August 15: Check the Chip Day.
August 20: National Homeless Animal Day (International Society for Animal Rights).
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day.

SEPTEMBER
Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month.
National Disaster Preparedness Month (Led by FEMA’s ReadyCampaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for disaster emergencies).
National Food Safety Awareness Month.
September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day (MBJungle Foundation).
September 14: National Pet Memorial Day (International Association of Pet Cemeteries).
September 19: International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (not a cause, but somehow cat bloggers love this day!)
September 24: Remember Me Thursday (Helen Woodward Animal Center).
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day (Global Alliance for Rabies Control).
Last full week in September: Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Petfinder.com).

OCTOBER
National Animal Safety and Protection Month (Emergency Animal Rescue Service).
National Pet Wellness Month.
October 4: World Animal Day.
First full week of October: Animal Welfare Week (AVMA).
October 14: National Pet Obesity Day.
October 11 – 17: National Veterinary Technician Week.
October 16: National Feral Cat Day (Alley Cat Allies).
October 29: National Cat Day.

NOVEMBER
National Pet Awareness Month.
Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA).
Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Pet Diabetes Month.
First full week of November: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (HSUS).
November 17: National Black Cat Day.

DECEMBER
No recognized awareness days in December, but this is a good time to share information on preventative safety measures for our cats during the holidays because many of the foods, plants, and decorations that are part of our festivities can be dangerous or even lethal to them.

 

About the Author:

Deborah Barnes is the author of The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary starring her feline family as well as the award winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection that covers the everyday journey she shares with her cats as well as topics from the humorous behaviors of cats to very serious subjects on pet responsibility. She was bestowed the Friskies Writer of the Year Award in 2013 and her current circle of works has brought her to where she is today – a contributing writer for Catster.com and Cat Fancy Magazine as well as Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the numbers of animals on the streets and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

 

The 2014 Cat Writers’ Calendar for the Special Days, Weeks, and Months Devoted to Feline Care and Awareness

calendar
There are 365 days in the year and it seems like almost all of them have been claimed for some sort of awareness day, week, or month for one reason or another. A great many of them are related to our beloved feline friends and that got me to thinking of the collective power we have as communicators to speak on their behalf to make the world a better place for them. Whether radio, blogs, columns, websites, magazines, art, photographs, or more, we have the ability to educate and inform growing audiences that might not know otherwise, about important causes and issues that have national recognition.

Even though I am over a month late in relaying the dates (apologies – the idea of sharing them literally just popped into my head) we still have most of the year ahead of us so please use this schedule as a resource and mark your calendars for those events that you feel you might want share with your audience. These events are your time to really shine and make a difference – whether being asked to speak as an expert on a radio show for National Pet First Aid Awareness Month in April or participating in some sort of promotion to help dispel the myths about black cats for National Black Cat Day on November 17th – be creative and do your best to pull out all the talents that you have!

Please be aware as well that this calendar is subject to change – there were some discrepancies in dates and I will revise them if necessary. If I have missed something, or there is something that should be added, please do not hesitate to add a note in the comment section.

JANUARY

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.

January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day.

FEBRUARY

American Heart Month

National Spay/Neuter Month (HSUS).

National Prevent a Litter Month.

Responsible Animal Guardian Month.

Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA).

Responsible Pet Owners Month.

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day (Last Chance for Animals).

February 16 – 22: National Justice for Animals Week.

February 20: Love Your Pet Day.

February 22: Spay Day (Doris Day Animal Foundation).

February 25: World Spay Day (Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States – held the last Tuesday of February).

MARCH

Poison Prevention Awareness Month.

March 2 – 8: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

March 6 – 12: National Pet Sitters Week.

March 16 – 22: National Poison Prevention Week.

March 16 – 22: National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

APRIL

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month (ASPCA).

National Heartworm Awareness Month (American Heartworm Society)

National Pet Month.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month  (Created by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid).

April 11: National Pet Day. (Animal Miracle Network).

April 6 – 13: National Volunteer Week.

April 13 – 19: National Animal Control Appreciation Week.

April 17 – 23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (HSUS)

April 20 – 26: National Pet ID Week.

April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day.

April 25: Hairball Awareness Day.

April 26: World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association)

April 26: National Kids & Pets Day (Animal Miracle Network).

MAY

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research).

Chip Your Pet Month (Home Again Pet ID).

May 3: National Disabled Pets Day.

May 4 – 10: Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA).

May 4-10: National Pet Week (AVMA).

May 10: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

May 23: National Heat Awareness Day

May 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day (Alley Cat Rescue).

JUNE

National Pet Preparedness Month (Timed for the first month of hurricane season).

Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).

Adpot-a-Cat Month (AHA).

June 1 – 7: Pet Appreciation Week.

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day.

June 10: World Pet Memorial Day.

June 19 – 25: Animal Rights Awareness Week.

JULY

July 4: While not a feline recognized holiday, please keep in mind that our cats (and all pets) can become highly traumatized during the 4th of July festivities. Keep your pet safely indoors and recognize the fact that they can panic or hide from the sounds that fireworks cause.

July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day.

July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day.

AUGUST

National Immunization Awareness Month.

Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month.

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

August 20: National Homeless Animal Day (International Society for Animal Rights).

August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.

August 30: National Holistic Pet Day.

SEPTEMBER

National Disaster Preparedness Month (Led by FEMA’s ReadyCampaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for disaster emergencies).

September 14: National Pet Memorial Day (International Association of Pet Cemeteries).

Last full week in September: Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Petfinder.com).

Sept. 28:World Rabies Day (Global Alliance for Rabies Control).

OCTOBER

National Animal Safety and Protection Month (Emergency Animal Rescue Service).

National Pet Wellness Month.

October 4: World Animal Day.

October 6 – 12: Animal Welfare Week (AVMA).

October 9: National Pet Obesity Day.

October 12 – 18: National Veterinary Technician Week.

October 16: National Feral Cat Day (Alley Cat Allies).

October 29: National Cat Day.

NOVEMBER

National Pet Awareness Month.

Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA).

Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

Pet Diabetes Month.

November 3 – 9: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (HSUS)

November 17: National Black Cat Day

DECEMBER

No recognized awareness days in December, but this is a good time to share information on preventative safety measures for our cats during the holidays because many of the foods, plants, and decorations that are part of our festivities can be dangerous or even lethal to them.