2021 Awareness Holidays

Stay on top of awareness holidays you can leverage throughout the year to make an impact to charities and your bottom line!


January 


  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • Walk Your Pet Month
  • Blood Donor Month
  • Train Your Dog Month
  • 1/5 National Bird Day
  • 1/16 Religious Freedom Day
  • 1/18 MLK Day
  • 1/24 Change A Pet’s Life Day


February


  • Black History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay / Neuter Awareness Month (AKA Beat the Heat Month)
  • National Condom Month
  • Children's Dental Health Month
  • 2/2 National Girls and Women in Sports Day (U.S.)
  • 2/4 Give Kids A Smile Day
  • 2/4 World Cancer Day
  • 2/11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • 2/8 – 2/14 Condom Week
  • 2/14 Valentine’s Day
  • 2/14 V-Day (Violence Against Women Day)
  • 2/15 Singles Awareness Day
  • 2/17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 2/20 Love Your Pet Day
  • 2/20 World Day of Social Justice
  • 2/27 Polar Bear Day
  • 2/28 Rare Disease Day


March


  • Women’s History Month
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • School Breakfast Week 
  • 3/1-3/7 Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • 3/1 Self-Injury/Harm Awareness Day
  • 3/3 World Wildlife Day 
  • 3/8 International Women’s Day
  • 3/10 International School Meals Day
  • 3/13 K-9 Veterans Day
  • 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day
  • 3/20 International Day of Happiness
  • 3/21 International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination #EndRacism
  • 3/22 World Water Day #WorldWaterDay
  • 3/23 National Puppy Day; Cuddly Kitten Day
  • 3/30 World Bipolar Day
  • 3/29 – 4/4 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
  • 3/29 – 4/4 World Autism Week



April


  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Youth Sports Safety Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Canine Fitness Month
  • 4/4 Easter
  • 4/4-4/10 National Public Health Week (U.S.)
  • 4/7 World Health Day #WorldHealthDay
  • 4/11 National Pet Day
  • 4/11 – 4/17 Black Maternal Health Week
  • 4/12-4/16 National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • 4/15 RAINN Day
  • 4/16-4/22 Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
  • 4/20 Earth Day
  • 4/26 National Kids and Pets Day
  • 4/27 Denim Day
  • 4/30 National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day



May


  • Mental Health Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • National Foster Pet Awareness Month
  • National Pet Month
  • 5/4 – 5/9 Maternal Mental Health Week
  • 5/3 World Press Freedom Day
  • 5/5 Cinco De Mayo
  • 5/7 National Day of Prayer
  • 5/9 Mother’s Day
  • 5/9-5/15 National Women’s Health Week
  • 5/15 Endangered Species Day
  • 5/17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
  • 5/24-5/30 Period Poverty Awareness Week
  • 5/28 World Hunger Day
  • 5/31 Memorial Day



June


  • Gay Pride Month
  • Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
  • Men’s Health Month
  • Adopt a Cat Month (AH) / Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA)
  • 6/3 National Hunger Awareness Day (U.S.)
  • 6/4 Hug Your Cat Day
  • 6/8 Best Friends Day
  • 6/8 World Oceans Day
  • 6/20 World Refugee Day
  • 6/20 Father’s Day
  • 6/21 National Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • 6/25 National Take Your Dog to Work Day
  • 6/27 PTSD Awareness Day



July


  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month
  • Independent Retailer Month
  • 7/4 Independence Day
  • 7/11 World Population Day
  • 7/18 Nelson Mandela Day
  • 7/25 National Parents Day
  • 7/28 World Hepatitis Day
  • 7/31 International Day of Friendship
  • 7/31 National Mutt Day


August


  • 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote
  • National Pet Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • National Back-To-School Month
  • 8/1 DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • 8/1 – 8/7 World Breastfeeding Week
  • 8/8 International Cat Day
  • 8/8 National CBD Day
  • 8/10 National Lazy Day
  • 8/12 International Youth Day
  • 8/17 International Nonprofit Day
  • 8/21 Senior Citizens Day
  • 8/26 Women’s Equality Day
  • 8/26 National Dog Day


September


  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month
  • 9/5 International Day of Charity
  • 9/6 Labor Day
  • 9/8 Literacy Day
  • 9/10 World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 9/11 September 11th
  • 9/22 RAINN (anti-sexual assault) Day
  • 9/22 American Business Women's Day
  • 9/26 Family Health & Fitness Day
  • 9/28 World Rabies Day


October


  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National ADHD Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Adopt a Dog Month (AH) / Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month
  • 10/1 Coffee Day
  • 10/4 World Animal Day
  • 10/7 National Depression Screening Day
  • 10/10-10/16 National School Lunch Week (second full week of October)
  • 10/10 World Mental Health Day
  • 10/11 International Day of the Girl
  • 10/11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • 10/16 World Food Day
  • 10/17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 10/24 Food Day
  • 10/29 National Black Cat Day
  • 10/31 Halloween



November


  • American Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Alzheimer’s Diseases Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • 11/1 – 11/7 National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week
  • 11/11 Veterans Day
  • 11/15 National Philanthropy Day
  • 11/17 National Take a Hike Day
  • 11/20 National Adoption Day
  • 11/20 International Survivors of Suicide Day
  • 11/25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 
  • 11/25 Thanksgiving
  • 11/26 Black Friday
  • 11/26 Native American Heritage Day
  • 11/27 Small Business Saturday
  • 11/28-12/6 Hanukkah
  • 11/29 Cyber Monday
  • 11/30 Giving Tuesday


December


  • National Cat Lovers’ Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • 12/1 World AIDS Day
  • 12/3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 12/4 National Cookie Day
  • 12/10 Human Rights Day
  • 12/17 National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • 12/23 Festivus
  • 12/24 Christmas Eve
  • 12/25 Christmas Day
  • 12/26-1/1 Kwanzaa
  • 12/26 Boxing Day
  • 12/31 New Year’s Eve