September has arrived, and so has this month’s edition of PawZaar’s calendar for dog and cat lovers!
The first of the month not only marks the end of the dog days of summer, it also marks the start of Happy Cat Month. Thirty days of dogged devotion to our feline friends, the pet holiday was established by the non-profit CATalyst Council.
“Anything for You”…more than just the title of one of her many chart-topping tunes, the words also express Gloria Estefan‘s feelings for our four-legged friends in need. A proud pet parent to multiple rescue dogs, the multi-Grammy Award winner has helped numerous no-kill animal shelters across the country, provided financial aid for the police dogs who guard Miami Beach and helped to fund the creation of a dog park in Vero Beach through her non-profit organization, The Gloria Estefan Foundation. The iconic entertainer also helped to shine a spotlight on homeless dogs and cats in New York City when she co-hosted the annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event in 2016.
From her days on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In to her Emmy-winning role in the recent comedy series Grace and Frankie, over the years Lily Tomlin has tickled our collective funny bone. The comic star has also touched our hearts thanks to her off-screen work in the world of animal advocacy. Recognized with a Petco Foundation HOPE Award, she has created a better future for our four-legged friends in need through her support of such organizations as Actors and Others for Animals, Performing Animal Welfare Society, PAWS/LA, Save the Chimps, and Voice for the Animals Foundation. Happy birthday, Lily Tomlin!
Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? Celebrate by tapping into you inner chef and prepare chicken and kibble cupcakes, chicken jerky or witchy chicken fingers (a Halloween favorite!) for your barking buddy! The recipes can be found at DogTipper’s Dog Treat Recipe section.
Happy birthday to reality personality Adrienne Maloof! An American Humane ambassador, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star aided the renowned organization’s efforts to create a better reality for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey by making a $20,000 donation to the paws cause. The fashion designer is also the founder of the Adrienne Maloof Camp Kindness program which helps to instill in underprivileged children the need for compassion toward our pals with paws.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born on this day in 1946. The “Somebody to Love” singer loved his family of felines (many of them rescues!), and one of his clowder of cat companions was immortalized in the Queen kitty-themed ditty “Delilah”.
“I Will Survive”… the title of a disco era chart-topper is also an anthem for homeless dogs and cats thanks to the entertainer who sang the Grammy-winning hit, Gloria Gaynor. In 2017 the music legend launched I Will Survive fundraising T-shirts, with 10 percent of the proceeds from each sale benefiting the buyer’s choice of causes– world health, help for victims of domestic violence, families in need, the armed forces, and animal rescue. Fashion forward fans of Fidos and felines can request that their donation goes to either Danny & Ron’s Rescue or Best Friends Animal Society.
We wouldn’t miss this birthday, not even for a Scooby Snack! While his name might not be familiar, for anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s the voice of Donald Messick is a part of their childhood. Born on this day in 1926, the voice actor brought to life each Saturday morning for generations of kids the animated antics of Astro in The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! an its spin-offs, Sebastian the cat in Josie and the Pussycats, Spot the cat in Hong Kong Phooey, sniggering sidekick Muttley in Wacky Races.
A generation of pup-loving preschoolers learned how to solve problems thanks to hints from a blue-hued dog on the popular Nickelodeon program Blue’s Clues, which premiered on this day in 1996.
Happy birthday to Michael Bublé! The canine-loving Canadian crooner who rose to the top of the US adult contemporary charts with his hit “Home” helps our four-legged friends in need of forever homes as an ambassador for Dog for Dog, which– through sales of treats, toys and accessories– has donated millions of lbs. of dog food to animal shelters.
Folks are singing “Happy Birthday to You” to country music star (and proud pet parent to two rescue dogs!) Hunter Hayes! The “Wanted” singer is a multi-platinum-selling recording artist with a heart of gold who helped to shine a spotlight on Warrior Canine Connection. The non-profit pairs veterans challenged with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury with service dogs who have been trained by those who understand the veterans’ struggle– men and women who protect our country.
Lassie saved the day for the first time on television when CBS premiered the tales of the compassionate collie on this day back in 1954. A ‘pup’ culture icon, today Lassie is a Save the Children ambassador.
Zoinks! On this day in 1969 everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the rest of the Scooby Gang solved their first supposed supernatural caper when the television premiere episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, titled “What a Night for a Knight,” aired.
Happy birthday to Lisa Vanderpump, and Bravo to the reality personality for using her status as a luminary to illuminate the public about such topics as pet adoption and the need to end the Yulin dog meat festival in China! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star and her husband (restaurateur Ken Todd) are the co-founders of the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, which helps to save the lives of dogs in danger due to Asia’s dog meat trade through its Stop Yulin Forever campaign, and offers a new lease on life to dogs who were facing their fate in high-kill L.A. shelters through the organization’s rescue center.
Lisa Vanderpump takes you an a 360 VR tour of Vanderpump Dogs in the following Bravo video:
The soulful over-sized eyes of puppies and kittens peer out from many paintings by artist Margaret Keane, who was born on this day in 1927.
A star of Hollywood’s golden era, Lauren Bacall had a heart of gold when it came to her fur baby, Sophie. Remembering the loyalty of the little Papillon, the star bequeathed $10,000 to one of her children for the continued care of her canine companion. The star was born on this day in 1924.
He won four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of homicide detective Columbo, and…in the words of his iconic character, “just one more thing”– Peter Falk also won the admiration of animal lovers for trying to end crimes against our four-legged friends. Among the charities he supported was Last Chance for Animals. Peter Falk was born on this day in 1927.
A supermodel who is also a role model, fashion icon Twiggy has helped Cats Protection and is patron of Animal Samaritans and Retired Greyhound Trust. Happy birthday, Twiggy!
No matter if your preferred political party’s symbol is a donkey or an elephant, we all share a love for the canines who have held the title of First Fido! Happy Dogs in Politics Day!
Happy birthday to to professional ice hockey player Karl Alzner! Currently playing defense for the Montreal Canadiens, during his days with the Washington Capitals he came to the defense of companion animals by stepping in front of photographer Leo Howard Lubow’s camera with his dogs Charlie and Murphy for Show Your Soft Side‘s photo campaign to end animal abuse.
Born on this day in 1947, the late Lynn Anderson— who rose to the top of the charts with her hit (“I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden”– helped to cultivate a better life for animals in need by lending her voice to North Dakota’s Stop Animal Cruelty initiative and by fostering homeless dogs. Upon her passing in 2015 those who wished to pay their respects to the country music superstar were requested to make a donation to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Nashville or Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, New Mexico.
Today is World Rabies Day, created by The Global Alliance for Rabies Control to end the culling of 20,000,000 dogs each year due to fear of the transmission of an easily preventable viral disease, and to stop the 160 human deaths from rabies each day in underdeveloped countries.
Happy birthday to Peter Egan! An ardent animal advocate, the actor (Downton Abbey, Unforgotten) is patron to a plethora of animal welfare organizations, among them Animals Asia, All Dogs Matter, Nowzad, Save Suffering Strays in Sarajevo, Chaldon Animal Sanctuary, For Life on Earth, International Animal Rescue and International Wildlife Coalition Trust.
“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.” Happy birthday to a star who has shown the world that true beauty comes from within, Brigitte Bardot! Devoting decades to creating a better tomorrow for all our friends with fur, fins and feathers, in 1986 The Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals was launched. The organization campaigns against all forms of animal cruelty and finds forever homes for dogs and cats in need at sanctuaries in la Mare Auzou in Normandy and in Bazoches. Enjoy a virtual tour of The Brigitte Bardot Foundation’s animal sanctuary in Bazoches:
A Golden Globe winner with a heart of gold, actress Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Fear the Walking Dead) has starred in several PSAs for The Humane Society of the united States. Happy birthday, Jenna!
Does your dog or cat’s birthday or Gotcha Day take place in September? If so, your fur baby’s birthstone is a sapphire.
The second Sunday of each September is National Pet Memorial Day.
An international day of social media awareness of the millions of adoptable dogs and cats waiting in shelters and the many who never get a second chance at life, Remember Me Thursday happens each September.
Puppy Mill Awareness Day is observed every third Saturday in September.
The last full week of the month is both National Dog Week and National Deaf Dog Awareness Week.