4 April – World Rat Day
World Rat Day was created in 2002 by James Kitlock and Robyn Arthur to recognise the Rat as a domestic companion animal for people of all ages.
“Nobody near me here, but rats, and they are fine stealthy secret fellows.”
– Charles Dickens
12 April – World Hamster Day
The first domestication of hamsters started in 1930 thanks to Israel Aharoni, a zoologist and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“The world’s tragedy is that men love women, women love children, and children love hamsters.“
– Joanna Trollope
23 May – World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day was created in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to bring attention to the turtles and tortoises to protect them and help to survive.
“Turtles always strike me as devastatingly serious. If turtles could talk, I’d believe everything they said.”
– Erin O’Brien
31 May – World Parrot Day
World Parrot Day was created in 2004 by the World Parrot Trust to promote awareness of the threats that parrots suffer from.
“Teach a parrot the terms “supply and demand” and you’ve got an economist.”
– Thomas Carlyle
8 August – World Cat Day
World Cat Day was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate the friendship between humans & cats.
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
– Ernest Hemingway
26 August – World Dog Day
World Dog Day was created in 2004 by pet expert and animal behaviourist Colleen Paige to raise awareness about man’s best friend.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
– Josh Billings