August is a big month for cats and dogs everywhere.
Below is the August animal events calandar for your cats and dogs…
August 4- 10: International Assistance Dog Week
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) is to recognize “all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.”
The goals of IADW include:
- Recognize and honor assistance dogs
- Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
- Honor puppy raisers and trainers
- Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities
August 8: International Cat Day
We love our cats! Almost 4,000 years ago, humans domesticated cats by keeping them near the food source. (And they controlled vermin and other pests.)
The International Fund for Animal Welfare created International Cat Day in 2002 to “celebrate one of humanity’s most ancient pets.”
August 15: National Check the Chip Day
Two good reasons for National Check the Chip Day:
- Microchipping improves the chances of finding a lost or stolen family pet.
- A pet parent reminder to update their information in the microchip database.
August 22: National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day
This day stands out as a pet parent reminder to schedule our cat’s annual check up. Visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) for flyers, infographics and brochures to help you prepare for your pet’s veterinary visit.
The site also has some tips to reduce stress for you and your cat.
August 26: National Dog Day
Dog pet parents can celebrate National Dog Day with a big hug and kiss for their furry pets. Read about other ways to celebrate:
- Adopt a dog from a local rescue or breed rescue organization.
- Volunteer to walk a dog, clean pens or read to dogs in a rescue or shelter facility.
- Write to your congress member and ask them to support a ban on puppy mills and gas chambers.
- Help an older neighbor by walking their dog today.
- Teach your dog a new trick.
- Give your pet a massage after a fun day of exercise.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Pet Mom
“Cats have 32 muscles in each ear, to help them ignore you.”
“For the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.”