Ultimate Calendar of Animal Holidays (2024)

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Every month at Good Good Good, we plan upcoming good news content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, Goodnewspaper, podcast, website, and more. Our work is always centered on hopeful stories about people making a difference in the world — and action steps on how each of us can join in with that good work.

With so many holidays, awareness days, education weeks, and activism months happening all year long, we’ve been slowly collecting all of these events in a private internal calendar for years.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year. We’ve also published:

And now we’re publishing our guide to animal and wildlife conservation-related days.

Our hope is this resource will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues and creatures all year long.

Where applicable, we've included resources around highlighted holidays — usually in the form of good news around particular topics — or action steps on how to make a difference. We encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We've worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of animal-related days and months on the internet. (We’re also collecting all of the environmental-related days in a separate calendar!) Always double-check dates, as organizers may occasionally change dates.

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We'll continue to update it and add to it over time.

National & International Awareness Days for Animals & Pets



National Pet Travel Safety Day - January 2nd

National Bird Day - January 5th

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka’s Birthday - January 8th

Learn about Dr. Gladys’ inspiring conservation efforts

National Save the Eagles Day - January 10th

National Dress Up Your Pet Day - January 14th

Dian Fossey’s Birthday - January 16th

Betty White’s Birthday - January 17th

Read about Betty White’s legacy of caring for animals

National Penguin Day - January 20th

National Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 21st

National Geographic Day - January 27th

Rattlesnake Roundup Day - January 28th

International Zebra Day - January 31st

Weeks & Months


National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Walk Your Dog Month

The dog poop bag industry is full of greenwashing, but fortunately, we’ve put together a guide on compostable and sustainable dog poop bags and alternatives

National Train Your Dog Month

Unchain A Dog Month



National Serpent Day - February 1st

Groundhog Day - February 2nd

Marmot Day - February 2nd

National Hedgehog Day - February 2nd

World Wetlands Day - February 2nd

Read these good news stories about wetlands.

National Cordova Ice Worm Day - February 3rd

National Golden Retriever Day - February 3rd

Western Monarch Day - February 5th

World Bonobo Day - February 14th

World Hippopotamus Day - February 15th

Steve Irwin’s Birthday - February 22nd

World Pangolin Day - Third Saturday of February

World Whale Day - Third Sunday of February

Learn how noise reduction can save whales

International Polar Bear Day - February 27th

Weeks & Months

Humpback Whale Awareness Month

Read good news about humpback whales

National Bird-Feeding Month

Pet Dental Health Month

Dog Training Education Month

National Cat Health Month

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

National Nestbox Week - February 14th to 21st 

The Great Backyard Bird Count - Four-day event in February

National Justice for Animals Week - February 20th to 26th

Read our entire collection of dozens of good news stories about people making a difference for animals

Bird Health Awareness Week - February 20th to 26th

Homes for Birds Week - Second Week of February

National Invasive Species Awareness Week - Starts on the Last Monday of February



World Seagrass Day - March 1st

Learn how the “Great Blue Wall” will help protect seagrass and the oceans

National Pig Day - March 1st

Meet Hamlet the Pig and a dozen other celebrity pet influencers

National Horse Protection Day - March 1st

Meet the man who has built prosthetics for birds, horses, sheep, camels, gazelles, and even elephants.

International Rescue Cat Day - March 2nd

World Wildlife Day - March 3rd

Read and share these activities and ideas to celebrate World Wildlife Day

National American Paddlefish Day - March 9th

Key Deer Awareness Day - March 11th

K9 Veterans Day - March 13th

International Day of Action for Rivers - March 14th

Meet the advocates working to give water legal rights

Save a Spider Day - March 14th

Buzzards Day - March 15th

International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter - March 15th

National Panda Day - March 16th

Save the Florida Panther Day - Third Saturday in March 

Taxonomist Appreciation Day - March 19th

World Sparrow Day - March 20th

World Frog Day - March 20th

World Rewilding Day - March 20th

Read the good news about rewilding projects happening across the UK

International Day of Forests - March 21st

Read the good news about a California redwood forest being returned to Indigenous guardianship

World Planting Day - March 21st

Read about the tree-planting initiative in Chicago supporting intersectional environmentalism

World Water Day - March 22nd

International Seal Day - March 22nd

World Meteorological Day - March 23rd

Listen to a podcast episode featuring Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist working to fight climate change

World Puppy Day - March 23rd

Manatee Appreciation Day - Last Wednesday of March

Earth Hour - Last Saturday of March

Weeks & Months

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Professional Pet Sitters Week - First Week of March 

National Animal Poison Prevention Week - Third Week of March



National Ferret Day - April 2nd

World Aquatic Animal Day - April 3rd

Read a good news story about how Sri Lanka is turning old buses into new homes for aquatic animals

Jane Goodall’s Birthday - April 3rd

Celebrate Jane Goodall’s birthday by reading her most famous inspirational quotes

World Rat Day - April 4th

World Stray Animals Day - April 4th

National Siamese Cat Day - April 6th

International Beaver Day - April 7th

Zoo Lovers Day - April 8th

Pygmy Hippo Day - April 8th

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day - April 10th

National Pet Day - April 11th

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate National Pet Day

World Hamster Day - April 12th

National Dolphin Day - April 14th

Save the Elephant Day - April 16th

Bat Appreciation Day - April 17th

Tuna Rights Day - April 21st

World Curlew Day - April 21st

Earth Day - April 22nd

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate Earth Day this year and explore the best quotes about Earth Day

International Pallas’s Cat Day - April 23rd

National Lost Dog Awareness Day - April 23rd

World Day for Animals in Laboratories - April 24th

World Penguin Day - April 25th

World Tapir Day - April 27th

Marine Mammal Rescue Day - April 27th

International Guide Dog Day - Last Wednesday of April

International Hyena Day - April 27th

Arbor Day - April 28th

Read our curated list of the best tree quotes — and read our review of Ecosia, the tech tool that helps you plant trees for free

National Animal Advocacy Day - April 30th

Explore our complete list of all animals — organized from A to Z

National Therapy Animal Day - April 30th

World Veterinary Day - Last Saturday of April

Learn about these inspiring famous veterinarians who inspire us to do good

Save the Frogs Day - Last Saturday of April

Weeks & Months

Earth Month

Explore and share the best ideas for how to celebrate Earth Month

National Frog Month

Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Month

Read and share the best quotes about stopping animal cruelty

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month

National Wildlife Week - Week-long event in early April

National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Second Week of April

Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week - Third Week of April

International Dark Sky Week - Week-long event in April

Read about the French parkour athletes turning out lights — and how to protect animals from light pollution

Lab Animal Week - Week surrounding April 24th each year



Save the Rhino Day - May 1st

World Tuna Day - May 2nd

International Leopard Day - May 3rd

Wild Koala Day - May 3rd

World Donkey Day - May 8th

World Migratory Bird Day - Second Saturday of May

Fintastic Friday - Second Friday of May

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day - May 15th

National Sea Monkey Day - May 16th

World Bee Day - May 20th

Listen to this inspiring podcast with Bee Girl Sarah

Endangered Species Day - Third Friday of May

National Rescue Dog Day - May 20th

Read and share these reasons to adopt a rescue dog

World Dog Day - May 21st

Read good news about dogs

World Fish Migration Day - May 21st (Celebrated every other year)

International Day for Biological Diversity - May 22nd

World Turtle Day - May 23rd

Read this good news story about drones protecting turtles

World Otter Day - May 25th

National Alligator Day - May 29th

World Parrot Day - May 31st

Weeks & Months

Be Kind to Animals Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Learn about the inspiring work being done by the 'We Rate Dogs' community to support dogs with cancer and other medical problems

Gardening for Wildlife Month

Read about the water-guzzling yards getting a celebrity makeover

National Pet Week - First Week of May

Follow your new favorite pet influencers on social media

Puppy Mill Action Week - Starts the Monday before Mother’s Day

Be Kind to Animals Week - First Week of May



National Trails Day - First Saturday of June

World Reef Day - June 1st

Meet the all-women conservation group working to protect our coral reefs

National Black Bear Day - First Saturday of June

International Corgi Day - June 4th

Seaweed Day - June 4th

Read the good news story about Maine harvesting more seaweed instead of lobster

National Animal Rights Day - First Sunday of June

Read and share the best quotes about animal rights

World Environment Day - June 5th

International Day for the Fight Against Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing - June 5th

June Bug Day - June 7th

World Oceans Day - June 8th

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate World Oceans Day

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos - June 8th

Coral Triangle Day - June 9th

E.O. Wilson’s Birthday - June 10th

Learn about biologist E.O. Wilson’s contributions to our planet by reading his most famous quotes

International Lynx Day - June 11th

National Cougar Day - June 12th

Nature Photography Day - June 15th

World Sea Turtle Day - June 16th

Read this good news story about sea turtles

World Crocodile Day - June 17th

National American Eagle Day - June 20th

Ugliest Dog Day - June 20th

While not exactly dog-focused, check out this collection of ugly animals (and learn how to protect them)

World Giraffe Day - June 21st

World Camel Day - June 22nd

World Rainforest Day - June 22nd

Read these good news stories about Indigenous activists protecting rainforests

Pink Flamingo Day - June 23rd

Weeks & Months

Great Outdoors Month

National Pollinator Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

‍Ocean Week - Celebrated in early June

Week of the Philippine Eagle - June 4th to 10th

Bed Bug Awareness Week - First Full Week of June

Pet Appreciation Week - First Week of June

Animal Rights Awareness Week - Third Week of June

Read and share the best animal rights quotes

National Insect Week - Last Week of June

Fish Are Friends Not Food Week - Last Week of June

Rabbit Awareness Week - Last Week of June



American Zoo Day - July 1st

Independence from Meat Day - July 4th

National Koi Day - July 7th

National Kitten Day - July 10th

Shark Awareness Day - July 14th

World Chimpanzee Day - July 14th

World Orca Day - July 14th

Celebration of the Horse Day - July 15th

World Snake Day - July 16th

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day - July 16th

National Urban Beekeeping Day - July 19th

World Nature Conservation Day - July 28th

Meet the world’s most famous animal conservationists

International Tiger Day - July 29th

Read the good news about Nepal’s huge successes with tiger conservation and endangered Siberian tigers bouncing back in China

World Ranger Day - July 31st

Read about Zimbabwe’s all-women rangers unit fighting poachers and poverty

‍Weeks & Months

National Bison Month

Read the good news about America’s bison making a comeback

Wild About Wildlife Month

Learn about the initiatives to take down livestock fences to help support wildlife

National Clean Beaches Week - July 1st to 7th

Learn about the YouTubers cleaning up beaches and the ocean through #TeamSeas

Shark Week - Week-long event in July

Coral Reef Awareness Week - Third Week of July

Learn about the combat diving veterans using their skills to protect coral reefs

National Zoo Keeper Week - Third Week of July

National Moth Week - Last Week of July 



International Clouded Leopard Day - August 4th

National Oyster Day - August 5th

Learn how oysters can be creatively used to clean the ocean

National Sea Serpent Day - August 7th

International Moon Bear Day - August 8th

Scottish Wildcat Day - August 8th

International Cat Day - August 8th

World Lion Day - August 10th

Mountain Day - August 11th

World Elephant Day - August 12th

Meet the biologist who became an ivory detective

World Hirola Day - August 12th

International Wolf Day - August 13th

World Lizard Day - August 14th

World Orangutan Day - August 19th

World Mosquito Day - August 20th

National Honey Bee Day - Third Sunday of August

International Bat Night - August 26th

International Whale Shark Day - August 30th

National Zoo Awareness Day - August 31st

Weeks & Months

National Catfish Month



International Primate Day - September 1st

Japan Dolphins Day - September 1st

National Hummingbird Day - September 3rd

National Wildlife Day - September 4th

Amazon Rainforest Day - September 5th

National Iguana Awareness Day - September 8th

International Vulture Awareness Day - First Saturday of September

World Manta Day - September 17th

Zero Emissions Day - September 21st

International Red Panda Day - Third Saturday of September

International Golden Lion Tamarin Day - September 22nd

World Rhino Day - September 22nd

Read about the “smart park” protecting rhinos from poachers thanks to technology

National Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22nd

Bluebird of Happiness Day - September 24th

Fish Amnesty Day - Fourth Saturday of September

World Gorilla Day - September 24th

Read about how the population of endangered mountain gorillas has grown by 71% in a decade

National Public Lands Day - Fourth Saturday of September

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

World Environmental Health Day - September 26th

World Cassowary Day - September 26th

Alpaca Day - September 26th

National Shamu the Whale Day - September 26th

World Rivers Day - Last Sunday of September

Save the Koala Day - September 30th

Puppy Mill Awareness Day - Third Saturday of September

Weeks & Months

Animal Pain Awareness Month

National Save a Tiger Month

Good news! The number of endangered tigers has increased by 40%!

World Animal Remembrance Month

Sea Otter Awareness Week - Last Week of September



World Habitat Day - First Monday of October

World Vegetarian Day - October 1st

International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1st

World Farm Animals Day - October 2nd

Read this unique good news story about… potty training cows

World Animal Day - October 4th

Feel more hopeful by reading good news stories about animals

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - October 4th

Kindness To Animals Day - October 4th

Choose today to do a random act of kindness for animals or start thinking about next month’s World Kindness Day

National Badger Day - October 6th

World Octopus Day - October 8th

Indigenous People’s Day - October 11th

Learn about how conservation efforts are thriving thanks to Indigenous knowledge

National Pug Day - October 15th

Learn about how Doug the Pug is making a difference for kids with cancer

International Sawfish Day - October 17th

International Sloth Day - October 20th

Reptile Awareness Day - October 21st

Read about the good news about endangered land iguanas finally reproducing

International Wombat Day - October 22nd

International Snow Leopard Day - October 23rd

Freshwater Dolphin Day - October 24th

World Gibbon Day - October 24th

International Day of Climate Action - October 24th

National Mule Day - October 26th

World Lemur Day - Last Friday of October

Weeks & Months

National Vegetarian Month

World Habitat Awareness Month

Squirrel Awareness Month

World Animal Month

Bat Appreciation Week - October 24th to 31st



World Vegan Day - November 1st

Listen to our podcast episode about how going vegan can change the world

World Jellyfish Day - November 3rd

National Bison Day - First Saturday of November

Read about how wild bison are back in the UK for the first time in thousands of years

World Numbat Day - First Saturday of November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - November 6th

National Take A Hike Day - November 17th

World Fisheries Day - November 21st

Read the good news story about land-based aquaculture startups that are producing healthier fish without polluting the sea

Alascattalo Day - November 21st

Humane Society Anniversary Day - November 22nd

Giving Tuesday - First Tuesday after Thanksgiving

Learn how to volunteer with or donate to animal-related organizations for Giving Tuesday (plus explore more ideas to get involved)

International Jaguar Day - November 29th

Weeks & Months

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by caring for animals and the earth

Adopt a Turkey Month

Manatee Awareness Month

Polar Bear Week - First Week of November



International Cheetah Day - December 4th

Wildlife Conservation Day - December 4th

Meet these famous wildlife conservationists you may not know yet

National Llama Day - December 9th

International Animal Rights Day - December 10th

International Mountain Day - December 11th

Monkey Day - December 14th

Visit the Zoo Day - December 27th

Weeks & Months

Christmas Bird Count Week - Two-week period in December

If you're giving gifts this holiday season, explore these amazing gifts for animal lovers

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness event? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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