Pets and pet parents across the US will have plenty of reasons to celebrate this November. From events spreading the word about the joys of adopting a pet to discussions of serious pet illnesses and our efforts to save pets, here’s what’s going on this month:
1. Adopt a Senior Dog Month – The ASPCA has declared November Adopt a Senior Dog Month, raising awareness about the senior dogs in shelters everywhere who often get overlooked for younger dogs and puppies. Older dogs can make for more reliable companions, and adopting an older pet often means saving their life.
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2. National Senior Pet Month – This similar event is celebrated all month long by animal shelters and hospitals around the country. Look for discounts on screenings and adoptions as a result, or volunteer your time to help senior pets in need.
3. National Pet Awareness Month – Hosted by Kong, the makers of the ever-popular dog toy, this event is aimed at getting you and your pet more acquainted — take a training class or learn more about interpreting your pet’s behavior.
5. Pet Diabetes Month – From Merck Animal Health, this event helps pet parents better understand the causes and symptoms of diabetes.
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6. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week – From The Humane Society of the United States, this event rallies support for all the hard work animal shelters do.
7. National Take a Hike Day – To celebrate this day, head out to the great outdoors and hike with your dog!
Bonus “Pet” Holiday: Thanksgiving! So maybe this day isn’t specifically about pets, but that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating with them. Take a look at our Complete Thanksgiving Cat and Dog Guide, including what foods you can share with your pets, which foods you can’t, travel tips, costume ideas, and more!
Which events will you be celebrating?
Plus, take a look at the entire year’s worth of pet celebrations: A Year of Cat and Dog Holidays