March Madness: Pet Holidays & Awareness Days
March pet holidays aren’t just about dogs and cats. In fact, most of them are not. Instead we’ve got guinea pigs, regular pigs, dolphins, and butterflies. But we do spend a day wondering what our dogs and cats would do if they had thumbs.
It’s a month for honors too.We begin March with a week of honoring those who look after our pets while we’re away. March 2 is (or would be) the 112th birthday of the man who invented many incredible animals himself: Dr. Seuss. And on March 13 we honor the dogs who have served our country on K-9 Veterans Day.
Learn more about Dolphin Awareness Month:
March 5–11 (1st Week): Professional Pet Sitters’ Week
First introduced by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995, Professional Pet Sitters Week (the first week in March) honors the hard-working pet-care professionals who care for the world’s companion animals when their owners are away.
March 12–18 (2nd Week): National Aardvark Week
March 13–17: National Wildlife Week
March 19-25 (3rd Week): Poison Prevention Week
Do you know which foods will poison your cat or dog? Which plants? Many household flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees are poisonous to animals, and so are common foods like chocolate, coffee, alcohol, salt, apricots, raisins, and grapes. Click the links to find out more:
March 1: National Pig Day
March 1: National Horse Protection Day
March 2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (1904)
March 3: World Wildlife Day
March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
Give you a thumbs up? Thumb wrestle? Text? PetMD lists its top 10 picks for what your pet would probably do if it had thumbs. Learn more about the day’s origins and “meaning” from PetCentric.com and these other sources:
PetMD: “If Your Pet Had Thumbs…”
March 9–12, 2017: Crufts Dog Show (UK)
Held in Birmingham, England, this is the world’s largest dog show, featuring nearly 28,000 canines in its four days.
March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
“The idea of a K9 Veterans Day originated with a retired military working dog trainer named Joseph Wright who wanted recognition for dogs who serve in military, law enforcement and other capacities. He selected March 13th because it is the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps.”
March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day
National Wildlife Federation: “5 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Learn About Butterflies Day”
March 16: National Panda Day
March 20: World Frog Day
March 22–24, 2017: Global Pet Expo
March 23: National Puppy Day
The day was organized by founder Colleen Paige in 2006 not just to revel in the awesomeness of puppies, but also to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills and help find homes for orphaned pups. Here are 50 ways you can celebrate from DogTipper.
March 29: Manatee Appreciation Day (Last Wednesday)
(updated March 1, 2017)