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In 2017 – Speak Up For Those Who Have No Voice

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Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

The holiday season has never been kind to animals. Indeed, 2016 has been characterized by many high-profile court proceedings and political issues for animals, many of them quite unfavourable. While we’ve experienced numerous profound losses in 2016, no doubt animal advocates will continue to mobilize in 2017 to raise the status of animals and strive to improve standards all over the world.

Throughout history, social justice movements have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics and the facilitation of reform.  To that end, there are many platforms upon which we can create awareness of the plight of all animals.  Before I started this exercise, I was only aware of some of the main recognition events around the world for animals and through a variety of resources, I gathered together every grassroots and branded event I could find that would allow every animal lover and advocate, without regard for nationality or politics, to find a way to generate awareness and progress.

This list features education and awareness events,  shelter pet adoption days, opportunities for fundraising, school events and workshops, spay/neuter days and peaceful protest marches to raise awareness of either specific animal welfare issues or to encourage governments to heighten animal protection legislation.

Let’s move forward into 2017 and beyond and create a world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and full regard is accorded to their welfare and rights.

 

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January

  • National Bird Day  (January 5)
  • Save the Eagles Day (January 10)
  • Appreciate a Dragon Day  (January 16)
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (January 18)
  • Penguin Awareness Day (January 20)
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day  (January 21)
  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days (January 21-22)
  • International Hoof Care Week (January 24-27)

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February

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • National Wild Bird-Feeding Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • National Serpent Day (February 1)
  • World Wetlands Day (February 2)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 12-18)
  • National Nestbox Week (February 14-21)
  • National Hippo Day (February 15)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count  (February 17-20)
  • Homes for Birds Week (Second Week of February)
  • World Pangolin Day (February 18 – Third Saturday in February)
  • World Whale Day (February 18)
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 19-26)
  • National Justice for Animals Week (February 19-26)
  • National Love Your Pet Day (February 20)
  • National Dog Biscuit Day (February 23)
  • International Polar Bear Day (February 27)
  • Spay Day (February 28 – or last day in February)

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March

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Dolphin Awareness Month
  • National Horse Protection Day  (March 1)
  • National Pig Day (March 1)
  • World Wildlife Day (March 3)
  • International Festival of Owls (March 3-5)
  • National Aardvark Week (Second Week of March)
  • Termite Awareness  Week (March 12-18)
  • Learn About Butterflies Day (March 14)
  • National Wildlife Week (March 14-18)
  • Save a Spider Day  (March 14)
  • Buzzard Day  (March 15)
  • National Panda Day  (March 16)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25 – Third Full Week of March)
  • World Frog Day (March 20)
  • World Sparrow Day (March 20)
  • International Day of the Seal  (March 22)
  • National Puppy Day (March 23)
  • Manatee Appreciation Day  (March 29 -Last Wednesday in March)

 

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April

  • National Frog Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • National Birding Day  (April 1 -First Saturday of April)
  • National Ferret Day  (April 2)
  • Bat Appreciation Week (April 2-8 – First Full Week of April)
  • World Rat Day  (April 4)
  • International Beaver Day  (April 7)
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  (April 8)
  • Canadian Federation of Humane Societies National Animal Welfare Conference  (April 8-11)
  • Zoo Lovers Day  (April 8)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week (April 9-15)
  • National Farm Animals Day (April 10)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week (April 10-16)
  • National Pet Day (April 11) 
  • National Dolphin Day  (April 14)
  • Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week (April 16-22 -Third Week in April)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (April 16-24 – Week that surrounds April 24th each year)
  • Save the Elephant Day (April 16)
  • Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (April 16-22)
  • National Pet ID Week (April 16-22)
  • International Bat Appreciation Day (April 17)
  • Earth Day (April 22)
  • National Lost Dogs Awareness Day (April 23)
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories  (April 24)
  • World Penguin Day (April 25)
  • National Help a Horse Day  (April 26)
  • National Audubon Day (April 26)
  • National Kids and Pets Day (April 26)
  • National Hairball Awareness Day (April 28)
  • National Go Birding Day  (April 29 – Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day (April 29 – Last Saturday in April)
  • National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day (April 30)
  • National Pet Parents Day (Last Sunday in April)
  • National Animal Advocacy Day – April 30

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May

  • International Respect for Chickens Month
  • Save the Rhino Day ( May 1)
  • Bird Day  (May 4)
  • International Respect for Chickens Day (May 4)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 7-13 – First Full Week in May)
  • National Pet Week (May 7-13)
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day  (May 8)
  • International Migratory Bird Day (May 10)
  • World Migratory Bird Day (May 12-13)
  • Frog Jumping Day  (May 13)
  • Dinosaur Day  (May 15)
  • International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (May 15)
  • National Sea Monkey Day  (May 16)
  • National Endangered Species Day  (May 19 – Third Friday in May)
  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 21-27)
  • National Heritage Breeds Week (May 21-27)
  • International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22)
  • World Turtle Day (May 23)
  • International Turtle Day (May 23)
  • Slugs Return to Capistrano Day  (May 28)
  • Whooping Crane Day  (May 28)
  • Pink Flamingo Day (May 29)
  • International Hug Your Cat Day  (May 30)

 

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June

  • Zoo and Aquarium Month
  • National Adopt-A-Cat Month
  • National Animal Rights Day (NARD) (June 4)
  • Pet Appreciation Week (June 4-10)
  • World Environment Day (June 5)
  • World Oceans Day (June 8)
  • International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (June 8)
  • National Black Cow Day  (June 10)
  • World Sea Turtle Day (June 14)
  • Animal Rights Awareness Week (June 18-24)
  • Fish Are Friends Not Food Week (June 18-24)
  • American Eagle Day (June 20)
  • National Take Your Dog To Work Day (June 24)
  • National Catfish Day (June 25)

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July

  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • National Bison Month
  • Wild About Wildlife Month
  • American Zoo Day (July 1)
  • National Farriers Week (July 2-8)
  • National Farriers Week (July 9-15)
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day  (July 10)
  • Cow Appreciation Day  (July 12)
  • Shark Awareness Day (July 15)
  • National I Love Horses Day (July 15)
  • National  Zookeeper Week (July 16-22)
  • World Snake Day  (July 16)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week  (Third Week of July)
  • Monkey Day (July 21)
  • International Tiger Day (July 29)
  • National Mutt Day (July 31)

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August

  • Animal Rights National Conference (August 3-6 Washington DC)
  • International Assistance Dog Week (August 6-12)
  • World Elephant Day   (August 12)
  • World Lizard Day (August 14)
  • International Homeless Animals Day (August 19)
  • World Humanitarian Day (August 19)
  • National Homeless Animals Day (August 19 – Third Saturday of August)
  • National Honey Bee Day (August 19 -Third Saturday of August)
  • World Orangutan Day (August 19)
  • National Dog Day (August 26)
  • International Whale Shark Day (August 30)

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September

  • Save the Koala Month
  • World Animal Remembrance Month
  • National Hummingbird Day  (September 2)
  • National Wildlife Day  (September 4)
  • International Day of Charity (September 5)
  • National Iguana Awareness Day  (September 8)
  • National Pet Memorial Day (Second Sunday in September)
  • National Hug Your Hound Day (Second Sunday in September)
  • Greenpeace Day (September 14)
  • Puppy Mill Awareness Day (September 16)
  • International Red Panda Day  (September 16 -Third Saturday of September)
  • National Farm Animals Awareness Week (September 16-23 -Third week of September)
  • National Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week (September 17-23)
  • Elephant Appreciation Day  (September 22)
  • World Rhino Day  (September 22)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September)
  • Fish Amnesty Day  (September 23 – Fourth Saturday in September)
  • International Rabbit Day  (September 23 – Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September)
  • National Bluebird of Happiness Day  (September 24)
  • National Dog Week (Sepember 24-30)
  • Deaf Dog Awareness Week (September 24-30)
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week  (September 24-30 -Last Week of September)
  • Shamu the Whale Day  (September 26)
  • Happy Goose Day  (September 29)
  • Save the Koala Day  (September 29 -Last Friday in September)

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October

  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • World Animal Month
  • Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
  • Cut-Out Dissection Month
  • Raptor Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Month
  • World Vegetarian Day (October 1)
  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day (October 1)
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day (October 3)
  • World Animal Day (October 4)
  • Veterinary Technicians Week (October 8-14)
  • National Wolf Awareness Week (October 8-16 – Second Full Week of October)
  • International Migratory Bird Day (October 14 – Second Saturday in October)
  • Wishbones For Pets Month (October 15-November 30)
  • National Feral Cat Day (October 16)
  • International Sloth Day  (October 20)
  • Reptile Awareness Day (October 21)
  • National Mole Day (October 23)
  • Swallows Depart From San Juan Capistrano Day (October 23)
  • National Mule Day (October 26)
  • National Cat Day (October 29)

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November

  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • Adopt A Senior Pet Month
  • National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Vegan Month
  • World Vegan Day (November 1)
  • National Cook For Your Pets Day (November 1)
  • Jellyfish Day (November 3)
  • National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week (November 5-11 -First Full Week of November)
  • National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day (November 7)
  • World Kindness Week (November 12-18)
  • Turkey-Free Thanksgiving (November 24 – Fourth Thursday in November)

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December

  • Operation Santa Paws (December 1-24)
  • Faux Fur Friday (December 1 – First Friday in December)
  • National Mutt Day (December 2)
  • International Cheetah Day (December 4)
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day (December 4)
  • National Day of the Horse (December 13)
  • International Monkey Day (December 14)
  • Christmas Bird Count Week (December 14-January 5)
  • Cat Herders Day (December 15)
  • Visit the Zoo Day (December 27)
  • Universal Hour of Peace (December 31)

 

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