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September

• Catalyst Council's Happy Healthy Cat Month

• National Disaster Preparedness Month

• National Food Safety Education Month

• Responsible Dog Ownership Month

09/20-21 (F-Sa) 7th Annual Iowans for Animal Welfare Conference—1pm, Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa. Registration info.

09/04 (M) National Wildlife Day

09/10 (Su) National Pet Memorial Day—Program of International Association of Pet Cemeteries

09/24 (Su) - 09/30 (Sa) —Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week—Program of Petfinder.com

09/28 (Th) World Rabies Day—Initiative of Global Alliance for Rabies Control

October

• Adopt a Dog MonthProgram of American Humane Association

• Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month—Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Service Dog Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

National Pet Wellness Month

Adopt a Dog Month Program of American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month —Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

10/01 (Su) - 10/07 (F) National Walk Your Dog Week—founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Rescuer Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. Sponsored by Animal Miracle Network, it aims to improve the health and well being of America’s dogs and sends the message to unchain your dogs!

10/2 (M) World Day for Farmed Animals Daydedicated to exposing and memorializing the 65 billion land animals raised for food who suffer and die every year.

10/04 (W) World Animal DayProgram of Naturewatch

10/16 (M) National Feral Cat DayProgram of Alley Cat Allies

10/20 (F)IFHS Annual Board Meeting—11am, Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa.

10/20 (F) and 10/21 (Sa)8th Annual 2017 Animal Welfare ConferenceNoon, Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa. Registration info.

10/22 (Su) - 10/28 (F) World Go Vegan Week

10/29 (Su) National Cat Dayfounded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

November

• Adopt a Senior Pet Month—Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Adopt a Senior Pet Month Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

11/01 (W) World Vegan DayProgram of the Vegan Society

11/05 (Su) - 11/11 (Sa) National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation WeekProgram of the Humane Society of the United States

11/24 (F )—Fur Free Friday

December

Hold a fundraising sale for your local animal shelter for the holidays.

January

• Adopt a Rescued Bird Month—Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Train Your Dog Month

Walk Your Pet Month

01/05 (Th) National Bird Day

01/21 (Sa) —Squirrel Appreciation Day

February

• Spay/Neuter Awareness Month —Program of the Humane Society of the United States

• Unchain a Dog Month —Program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

ASPCA's Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

National Prevent a Litter Month (HSUS)

02/09 (M)—Humane Lobby Day at the Capitol—noon to 3pm at the State Capitol Building, E 9th St & Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa. find the HSUS/IFHS table on the first floor. Check out the parking Google Map. Sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies, together with the Humane Society of the United States and Iowa Voters for Companion Animals. RSVP.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials about legislation that will significantly impact the lives of animals. There will be an information booth and guidance from experienced citizen lobbyists who will provide you with tips for citizen lobbying, and an overview of pending animal legislation which will prepare you to advocate for policies that will curb and end egregious acts of cruelty. Legislators are most motivated when their constituents make time to meet with them face to face.

02/09 (M)—IFHS Quarterly Board Meeting—TBA (after finishing Lobby Day), Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa.

TBA—Iowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Humane Lobby Day and Quarterly Board Meeting—10am at the State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa. Representatives from the IFHS, HSUS, and others will be available with information, talking points, and can help you through the process of lobbying your state legislators. Grassroots lobbying by constituents is one of the most effective ways to help advocate for better animal welfare laws in Iowa. Your efforts are crucial to achieving that goal.

We are the statewide umbrella group for local humane societies, shelters, and pounds. If you want to work on better laws to protect animals in Iowa, Come to a Meeting!

02/02 (T)2016 Puppy Mill Lobby DayIowa Voters for Companion Animals

02/14 (Sa) National Pet Theft Awareness DayProgram of Last Chance for Animals

02/15 (W) Make Mine Chocolate—Program of Columbus House Rabbit Society

02/21 (T) —World Spay Day USA—20th Annual! World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS and Humane Society International that shines a spotlight on spay/neuter—a proven way to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

March

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

03/01 (W) National Horse Protection Day

03/20 (Sa) —Great American MEAT-OUT—Thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries encourage their friends, families, and communities to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

April

• Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month—Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

• National Pet First Aid Awareness Month—Program of the American Red Cross

04/02 (Su) - 04/08 (Sa) National Animal Control Appreciation Week—Program of National Animal Control Association

04/10 (M) National Farm Animal Day

04/11 (T) National Pet Day

04/09 (Su) - 04/15 (Sa) World Week for Animals in Laboratories—Program of In Defense of Animals

04/26 (W) National Kids & Pets Day

04/27 (Th) Free Feral Cat Spay DayProgram of Alley Cat Rescue

May

• Pet Cancer Awareness Month—Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)

• Chip Your Pet Month (Home Again Pet ID)

• International Respect for Chickens Month http://www.upc-online.org

05/03 (W) National Specially-abled Pets Day

05/04 (Th) International Respect for Chickens DayProgram of United Poultry Concerns

05/07 (Su) - 05/13 (Sa) Be Kind to Animals WeekProgram of American Humane Association

05/22 (M) - 05/28 (Su) Puppy Mill Action WeekProgram of the Humane Society of the United States

05/19 (F) Endangered Species Day

05/21 Su) - 05/27 (Sa) National Dog Bite Prevention WeekProgram of American Veterinary Medical Association

June

Adopt a Cat Month —Program of American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month —Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

06/3 (F) Take Your Dog to Work DayProgram of Pet Sitters International

July

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

07/14 (F) —Iowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Quarterly Board Meeting—Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313. We are the statewide umbrella group for local humane societies, shelters, and pounds. If you want to work on better laws to protect animals in Iowa, Come to a Meeting!

August

• National Immunization Awareness Month

08/15 (T) National Homeless Animals Day

08/19 (Sa) International Homeless Animals DayProgram of International Society for Animal Rights

08/26 (Sa) National Dog Day

Our last update was on—08.18.17

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