National Pet Month
National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives – and vice versa. It is observed annually in the United States in May and during the month of April in the United Kingdom.
Take Action: Download the free image and share it on Facebook, or your blog. Then ask your followers how they will be celebrating National Pet Month. Or, how about a series of posts where you write about the benefits that pets can bring? You could talk about everything from exercise, to improved social life and service dogs who takes helping humans to a professional level.
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 200 veterinary optholmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
During the responsible animal guardian month, IDA encourages us to put our compassion into action by volunteering to help animals in our community.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research.
National Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month
Chip Your Pet Month
Take Action: Download the free image and share it on Facebook or your blog. Write about the benefits of microchipping your dog. Ask your followers if they’ve ever lost their dog – and how they got him back. Get the conversation going! Also, think about co-hosting a chipping event with your local vet – think about it, you could promote the event together and on the actual day you could share promotional material and share some grooming, or walking tips and tricks.
More Pet Holidays in May
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day – Celebrates the heritage, diversity and predictability of the purpose bred dog.
Take Action: Download the free image and share it on Facebook or your blog. Make a series of posts throughout the day about the beautiful pure bred dogs you groom, walk or look after, and perhaps share some information about what they were originally bred for. Ask people to share photos of their own dogs on your Facebook wall.
May 1: Mayday for Mutts is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. I haven’t been able to trace the origin of this day but it appears that rescue centers in the US organize fun events around this date to promote rescue dogs.
May 3: National Specially abled Pets Day – Formerly known as National Disabled Pets Day. On this day, help celebrate these awesome pets and share tips on how to care for these specially-abled pets.
May 2-8, 2016: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated in the first full week of May since 1915.
Take Action: Download the free image and encourage people to take the pledge and be kind to animals. Share the link to the American Humane Association’s website, and give your readers some helpful tips on how to be kind to their own pets this week and how they can help shelter animals.
How about a daily tip during the week? Share what being kind to animals means in your business – if you’re a groomer perhaps it means allowing your dogs regular breaks, or only using organic products? Start a conversation on your Facebook wall by asking your followers what being kind to animals means to them.
May 2-8, 2016: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
May 2-8, 2016: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.
Take Action: Download the free image and use this week to help sharing information about what puppy mills really are, where those puppies are being sold (and how they can avoid these places). Also let your followers know how they can can help support shelters and responsible dog breeders.
May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – always celebrated on the second Saturday in May.
Take Action: Download the free image, and share it on Facebook and your blog. Talk about what being prepared for a disaster means in your area. Remind pet parents to make a disaster plan and include their pets in it. Talk about what they can prepare before disaster strikes.
May 16-22, 2016: Dog Bite Prevention Week. This event by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) along with the United States Post Office (USPS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focuses attention on preventing dog bitesand always takes place takes place during the third full week of May each year
May 27: National Heat Awareness Day – observed each year on the last Friday in May
Take Action: Download the free image and remind your pet parents of the dangers of leaving pets in a hot car, or how hot the pavement can really feel to bare paws.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these social media prompts, and that you have lots of new ideas for May!
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