June Pet Holidays (Wag of the Tale, Episode 11)
June is a month for cats, but dogs get their days. It’s kitten season and the start of hurricane season; do you have a disaster plan for your pets? Hug your cat and take your dog (or cat) to work. Remember pets who have passed and fight for those still living. And see why beauty is not just fur deep. (updated 6/1/17)
Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA)
June is “kitten season” — a peak time for cats to give birth, with an average of 3-5 cute little kittens per litter. What’s not so cute is that millions of them will wind up in shelters, joining the tens of millions already there. If you’re thinking about getting a cat, please “adopt, don’t shop” and give a loving home to a cat who has only a cage.
National Pet Preparedness Month (American Humane Association)
This month is timed at the beginning of hurricane season, but there’s never a bad time to make a disaster plan for hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, or whatever happens a lot where you live. See my blog post full of useful tips on making a disaster plan — and find out why one plan isn’t enough.
Social Petworking Month is a whole month dedicated to using social networking sites to help homeless pets find good homes.
June 4–10 – Pet Appreciation Week (1st week of June)
Animal Rights Awareness Week is celebrated the third week in June. It was established in 1999 to raise awareness of animal rights by educating the public about the basic needs of animals around the world, and to advocate for the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals.
June 19–23 – Take Your Pet To Work Week (Pet Sitters International; week leading up to Take Your Dog to Work Day)
June 19–25 — National Pollinator Week
June 4 – Hug Your Cat Day
Huffington Post: “How to Hug a Cat – Perfectly, Every Time”
June 22 — Take Your Cat to Work Day
June 23 – Take Your Dog to Work Day (Pet Sitters International; Friday following Father’s Day)
June 23 – The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
This annual competition for the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog” takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California. Entries for 2016 are open until June 22. “We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family,” explains Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.