National Specially-Abled Pets Day - May 3
Fri, May 3, 2024

National Specially-Abled Pets Day

National Specially-Abled Pets Day is an American holiday dedicated to animals with disabilities. Don’t be afraid or avoid animals with injuries, they can still give you comfort and warmth. They have been through a lot in life (such as losing a paw, etc.), so they should definitely be given love and care. It is celebrated every year on May 3.


Animals with serious injuries can only live under supervision. Disability in the street (cats, dogs) or in the wild (if we are talking about more exotic or wild animals) will lead to fatal consequences. The poor animal will die under the wheels of a car or will be killed by dangerous predators, because it will not be able to fully attack or run.

The history of National Specially-Abled Pets Day is devoid of details. The holiday is actively supported by shelters and animal welfare organizations. The purpose of this day is to show people that animals with disabilities need their care and attention by encouraging everyone to make the decision to adopt a pet with disabilities from a shelter.

Interesting facts

  • Dogs were domesticated more than 30,000 years ago. Today they are the most multifunctional animals: dogs help the police, army, rescue services. The role of guide dogs is also common.
  • Some states do not allow exotic animals, including ferrets, as pets (they can secrete an unpleasant smelling secret).
  • The Basenji is the only dog breed that is not capable of barking.

How to celebrate

Help shelters in your city/state. Bring medicine, food, or help financially. Consider taking a disabled animal into your home. It will make a great pet and just need a little more care.

Spread the word about the holiday on social networks. Let more users know about it!

When is National Specially-Abled Pets Day celebrated in 2024?

National Specially-Abled Pets Day is observed on May 3 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday May 3 2024
Saturday May 3 2025