Pet 'N Play logo with owners John and Katy and their dog Ryder
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Local Pet Events and Pet Holiday Calendar


Looking for local pet events? Ann Arbor pet events? Or any event that celebrates dogs, cats and other animals? How about some pet holidays to give you a reason to celebrate?

Then this is the page! Check out the pet events below, and check back often for updates (or follow us on Facebook, and we will keep you up to date on the latest pet events!).


If you know of any local events, please email us at: We would be happy to add them here, in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.


Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7pm

HSHV 15th Annual Compassionate Feast


Grab a wine glass and join the party, John!

We invite you to the 15th annual Compassionate Feast, the Humane Society of Huron Valley's gala celebration of YOU and all you do to help the animals! For the very first time, Compassionate Feast is coming to your living room as a virtual event. 

What does a virtual gala look like? Well, it's the same as an in-person gala, except cozier! Compassionate Feast will include:

  • Welcome from internet sensation Tatum talks
  • Specialty cocktail demonstration by Ann Arbor Distilling Company
  • Vegan/Vegetarian feast available for curbside pickup
  • Fantastic online silent auction
  • Celebrity guest speaker JEFF CORWIN: host of ABC's Ocean Mysteries, renowned conservationist and environmenal journalist.
  • Words from HSHV's President and CEO Tanya Hilgendorf
  • HSHV's signature closing video

So join us - in slippers, pajamas, gowns, or tuxes, and raise a glass to the animals!

To find out more or to buy tickets, please visit the Compassionate Feast web site.

Upcoming Adoption Dates: September 4, September 18, October 2,

October 16, October 30

(all are Fridays, and adoptions are open 11-7)

Love Train!

at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor

The Love Train is back on track (pardon the pun), but you may want to sign up for the Love Train newsletter, as the puppies are usually spoken for within an hour of being posted!

Thanks to successful intake prevention programs and community support for adoption, along with grants and wonderful donors, HSHV is able to transport animals — often puppies! — from struggling rescues and shelters with high euthanasia rates to HSHV via the Love Train.


Be sure to follow our Facebook page, as we will be posting pictures of the available dogs on the Thursday before the adoption events!


If you're interested in adoption, you can see the application (really, a profile) and fees at Feel free to complete it online, or you complete it when you're here. HSHV is first-come, first-approved, first-adopted-- so the closer you come to 11 on Friday, the more selection you'll have-- and to better serve you, please grab a number when you get here (the "take a number" will be placed outside HSHV between 7:30-8 am on Friday. Some people come here early, grab a number, then go get coffee at Moonwinks down the road, and return at 11 a.m. when we open).


Thank you for your interest in rescuing a homeless animal and for your support of this life-saving program! To see more about the Love Train, go to

There are also lots of great dog events throughout the state. Traveling around Michigan? Love dogs and dog events, like dog shows, obedience, rally, scent, games and other events? Then check out the Michigan Canine Resource Guide Calendar of events!

PET HOLIDAY CALENDAR (brought to you by

2020 Pet Holidays




  • Beat the Heat Month.
  • Dog Training Education Month.
  • National Cat Health Month.
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. (Humane Society of the United States)
  • Pet Dental Health Month.
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month.
  • National Prevent a Litter Month.
  • Unchain a Dog Month.
  • Feb. 3: Doggie Date Night.
  • Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day.
  • Feb. 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.
  • Feb. 10-11: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised. Each breed has an associated rescue group.
  • Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day.
  • Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day.
  • Feb. 22: Walking the Dog Day.
  • Feb. 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
  • Feb. 23: National Dog Biscuit Day.
  • Feb. 23-29: National Justice for Animals Week.
  • Feb. 25: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.
  • Feb. 25: Spay Day USA.



  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.
  • March 2-9: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
  • March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
  • March 5-8: Crufts. 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.
  • March 15-21: National Poison Prevention Week.
  • March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day— patron saint of cats.
  • March 23: National Puppy Day.
  • March 28: Respect Your Cat Day.



  • Canine Fitness Month.
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month.
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month.
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)
  • National Pet Month. (UK)
  • April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week.
  • April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week.
  • April 4: Every Day is Tag Day. Always the first Saturday in April.
  • April 5-11: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April.
  • April 5-11: National Dog Bite Prevention Week. 2nd full week in April.
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day.
  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day.
  • April 11: National Pet Day.
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day.
  • April 12-18: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States. Third week in April.
  • April 12-18: National Pet ID Week. Third week in April.
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.
  • April 22: Earth Day.
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day.
  • April 24: Hairball Awareness Day. Last Friday in April.
  • April 25: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day.
  • April 26: National Pet Parents Day.
  • April 29, 2020: International Guide Dog Day. Always the last Wednesday in April.
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day.
  • April 30: National Tabby Day.


  • National Pet Month. (US)
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month.
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)
  • Chip Your Pet Month.
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary ophthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.
  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day.
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day.
  • May 3: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May.
  • May 3-9: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.
  • May 3-9: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • May 4-10: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.
  • May 9: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
  • May 10: National Dog Mom’s Day. Second Saturday in May.
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day.
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day.



  • Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association.
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.
  • National Foster a Pet Month. New from the Petco Foundation.
  • National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
  • National Microchipping Month.
  • June 4: Hug Your Cat Day.
  • June 7-13: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June.
  • Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
  • June 8: Best Friends Day.
  • June 9: World Pet Memorial Day. Second Tuesday in June.
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day.
  • June 22: Take Your Cat to Work Day®.
  • June 22-26: Take Your Pet to Work Week®.
  • June 24: Cat World Domination Day.
  • June 26: Take Your Dog to Work Day®.


  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month.
  • Dog House Repair Month.
  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day.
  • July 4: Independence Day. This US holiday is no holiday for dogs; the sounds of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year.
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day.
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC).
  • July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day.
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day.
  • July 26: National Dog Photography Day. UK holiday.
  • July 27-Aug 3: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week: Launched in 2017, this holiday by and The Animal Rescue Site aims to feed shelter pets.
  • July 31: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2.


  • Rawgust. Celebration of raw feeding for pets for the month of August.
  • Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!
  • Aug. 2-8: International Assistance Dog Week.
  • Aug. 2-8: Give a Dog a Bone Week. Hosted by Pets of the Homeless, the event features more than 400 Pets of the Homeless donation sites nationwide asking their community to bring donations of pet food and supplies to assist the pets of the homeless.
  • Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day.
  • Aug. 8: International Cat Day.
  • Aug. 10: Spoil Your Dog Day.
  • Aug. 10: National Lazy Day.
  • Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”
  • Aug. 16: Saint Roch’s Day. Patron saint of dogs.
  • Aug. 16: International Homeless Animals’ Day.
  • Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
  • Aug. 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
  • Aug. 26: National Dog Day. One of the most popular pet holidays of the year, we’ve got an entire page devoted to National Dog Day with ideas on how you and your dog can celebrate together
  • Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.
  • Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day.


  • Happy Cat Month. Established by the CATalyst Council.
  • National Service Dog Month.
  • National Pet Insurance Month.
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month.
  • Pet Sitter Education Month.
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month.
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit
  • Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day.
  • Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day. Founded in 2016 by Wag!, this day (always Sept.8) recognizes the work of professional dog walkers.
  • Sept. 13: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association Of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories (IAOPCC). Second Sunday in September.
  • Sept. 13: National Hug Your Hound Day. Second Sunday in September.
  • Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day. A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment.
  • Sept. 14-21: Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. Always the third week in Sept.
  • Sept. 17: National Pet Bird Day. A new holiday founded by the Bird Enjoyment & Advantage Koalition (BEAK).
  • Sept. 19: Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Third Saturday in September.
  • Sept. 19: Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Always the third Saturday in September.
  • Sept. 19: National Meow Like a Pirate Day.
  • Sept. 20-26: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Last full week in September.
  • Sept. 20-26: National Dog Week. Last full week in September.
  • Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians.
  • Sept. 24: Remember Me Thursday® Remember Me Thursday® is an international social media awareness day that brings attention to the millions of adoptable pets waiting in shelters and remembers those pets who never got a second chance. Share your rescue pet using #RememberMeThursday.
  • Sept. 26: World’s Largest Pet Walk. Sponsored by Pet Partners.
  • Sept. 28: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.


  • Oct. 4-10: National Walk Your Dog Week.
  • Oct. 4-10: Animal Welfare Week.
  • Oct. 9: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
  • Oct. 11-17: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America.
  • Oct. 16: Global Cat Day.
  • Oct. 17: National Fetch Day.
  • TBA: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).
  • Oct. 27: National Black Cat Day in the UK.
  • Oct. 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff those plush toys…
  • Oct. 29: National Cat Day.


  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.
  • National Pet Awareness Month.
  • National Senior Pet Month.
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events.)
  • Pet Diabetes Month.
  • Nov. 1-7: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.
  • Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day.
  • Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day.
  • Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day.
  • Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day.
  • National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.


  • National Cat Lover’s Month.
  • Dec. 2: National Mutt Day. Also see July 31.
  • Dec. 5: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. Humane Society of the United States.
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Dec. 15: National Cat Herders Day.

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