Quote of the Week: About Animals, Spoken by Animals

Add your own to these inspiring and thoughtful words about animal companions!

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This week, two commemorative days for animals are featured. National Mutt Day is celebrated twice each year, and Thursday, December 2 is its 2nd celebration this year. International Cheetah Day is Saturday, December 4.

"A mutt is couture-it's the only one like it in the world, made especially for you."  Isaac Mizrahi  

From: inspiringquotes.us 

For: National Mutt Day, Thursday, December 2


And what say you of the animals
and their euthanasia?
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Quotations Posted in the Past Below
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53) Posted from 11/20/21 to 11/27/21

We Give Thanks For The Animals
We give thanks for the animals
Who live close to nature,
Who remind us of the sanctities of birth and death,
Who do not trouble their lives with foreboding or grief,
Who let go each moment as it passes,
And accept each new one as it comes
With serenity and grace.
Enable us to walk in beauty as they do
At one with the turning seasons,
Welcoming the sunrise and at peace with sunset.
And as we hallow the memory of good friends now departed,
Who loved abundantly and in their time were loved,
Who freely gave us their affection and loyalty.
Let us not be anxious for tomorrow
But ask only that kindness and gratitude fill our hearts,
Day by day, into the passing years

For Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, 2021

52) Posted from 11/13/21 to 11/20/21

Animal welfare“human-centered assessment of an animal's quality of life, especially applied to animals in captivity or being exploited by humans for human ends.”
Animal well-being“animal-centered, individualized assessment of an animal's experiential world.”
Definitions of primary topics in: The Animals’ Agendaby Bekoff and Pierce
Jessica Pierce by email, August 3, 2021.

51) Posted from 11/6/21 to 11/13/21

This week, Sunday, November 7 is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day and it’s also both National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and Polar Bear Week
“Animals, they are one of the most beautiful gifts we have and, you know, if there are people that have compassion, there are very few people that put their money into animal rescue organizations. And if there is someone that has that passion, animals need all the help they can get.” 
From: AzQuotes
For: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

50) Posted from 10/30/21 to 11/6/21

This week, 2 commemorative days for animals are featured. National Cook for Your Pets Day is Monday, November 1. This day is linked to the only site found that mentions the special carnivorous diet required by cats for optimum health. To learn more about why that’s important, click or tap here. And Monday, November 1 and National Bison Day is Saturday, November 6.

This day was started to encourage people to think about pet nutrition and to bond with our Furry-Friends over a special treat.”

 From: Winslow Animal Hospital

For: National Cook for Your Pet Day, Monday, November 1



49) Posted from 10/23/21 to 10/30/21

This week, 2 commemorative days for animals and a short quote for each are featured. National Black Cat Day is Wednesday, October 27 and National Cat Day is Friday, October 29.

“Don’t judge a cat by its coat.” ― Magdalena VandenBerg
From: Cattipper
For: National Black Cat Day on Wednesday, the 27th
"There are no ordinary cats." COLETTE
For: National Cat Day on Friday, the 29th

48) Posted from 10/16/21 to 10/23/21

This week, 4 commemorative days for animals are featured. Hagfish Day and International Sloth Day are both on Wednesday, October 20. National Reptile Awareness Day is Thursday, October 21 and National Pit Bull Awareness Day is Saturday, October 23.

“Pit bulls are beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices.” – unknown 

From: BestestQuote

For: National Pit Bull Awareness Day


47) Posted from 10/9/21 to 10/16/21

This week, of the many commemorative days for animals, 4 are featured. National Pet Obesity Day is Wednesday, October 13, while Global Cat DayNational Feral Cat Day and National Fetch Day are all on Saturday, October 16.

“Our Missions: To educate the public about the negative effects Trap-Neuter-Release (Trap-Neuter-Return) has on native wildlife, domestic cats and humans through well-documented facts, scientific literature and respected resources.
To provide local governments and constituents recommendations regarding the free-roaming and feral cat issue that do not result in harmful consequences for wildlife or inhumane outcomes for cats.
To present helpful and interesting information related to wild animals and domestic cats.”
From: TNR Reality Check, for National Feral Cat Day

46)  Posted from 10/2/21 to 10/9/21

"As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness." - Richard Gere
From: India Today
For: World Animal Day, Monday, October 4

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45) Posted from 9/25/21 to 10/2/21

Two of the many commemorative days for animals this week are featured. Shamu, the Whale Day is Sunday, September 26 and National Black Dog Day is Friday, October 1.

“Did you know that the same stigma that surrounds black cats also affects black dogs? It’s crazy but true! Even today, there are still people who mistakenly believe that black dogs are bad omens and harbingers of rotten luck. Unfortunately, too many black dogs languish in shelters because people are hesitant to adopt them.” 

From: National Today For: National Black Dog Day, Friday the 1st


44) Posted from 9/18/21 to 9/25/21

This week, 3 commemorative days for animals are featured; Remember Me Thursday, on the 23rd, Save the Koala Day, Friday, September 24 and National Bunny Day, on Saturday, September 25.

“Every stray deserves a chance at love, a home and a warm bed to sleep at night.”

Penny Reid: 'The Player and The Pixie', 2016

From: kidadl

For: Remember Me Thursday, September 23


43) Posted from 9/11/21 to 9/18/2

This week there are 6 commemorative days for animals; National Pet Memorial Day, Sunday, September 12, Hug Your Hound Day, Tuesday, September 14, National Pet Bird Day, Friday, September 17, International Red Panda DayPuppy Mill Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership Day, all on Saturday, September 18. 

“Join us as we celebrate National Pet Memorial Day honoring our pets both past and present.  Held each year on the Second Sunday in September, this prestigious event was established more than 40 years ago by our Members in recognition of the important role that our beloved pets play in our lives.” 

From: International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories

For: National Pet Memorial Day, Sunday, September 12

42) Posted from 9/4/21 to 9/11/21

“Reaching lengths of nearly 7 feet and clad in incredibly beautiful colors, iguanas immediately draw the attention of everyone in their presence. This size makes them inappropriate pets for many, but those with the resources and dedication necessary to care for these amazing animals will surely find them to be rewarding pets.” Ben Team
For: National Iguana Awareness Day, Wednesday, September 8


41) Posted from 8/28/21 to 9/4/21

This week, there are 3 commemorative days for animals. Monday, August 30 is both International Whale Shark Day and National Holistic Pet Day. Saturday, September 4 is National Wildlife Day.




“A holistic approach to well-being is nothing new for humans, but applying the lifestyle to household pets is still a growing trend. Take some time to learn about caring for your pet with the same generosity you give your own mind, body, and spirit.”
For: National Holistic Pet Day, Monday, August 30


40) Posted from 8/21/21 to 8/28/21

This week there are three commemorative days for animals. Thursday, August 26 is National Dog Day and Saturday, August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. It seems generally unknown that it’s especially difficult to keep cats in good health. They’re highly specialized animals and so have special requirements, especially for their diet. You and your cat companions may benefit from consulting entries 5 and 6 on this page

“Diet is the brick and mortar of health. Putting a little thought into what you feed your cat(s) can pay big dividends over their lifetime and very possibly help them avoid serious, painful, and costly illnesses.”

Lisa A. Pierson, DVM

 For: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Sunday, August 22.


39) Posted from 8/14/21 to 8/21/21

This week there are two commemorative days for animals. Tuesday, August 17 is National Black Cat Appreciation Day, and Saturday, August 21 is International Homeless Animal Day.
“We can stop the cycle of animal homelessness and save lives by opening our hearts and homes to a loving cat or dog from an animal shelter instead of buying animals from breeders or pet shops.”  Amy Jackson 
From: Brainy Quote
Saturday, August 21

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38) Posted from 8/7/21 to 8/14/21

There are 3 commemorative days for animals this week. Sunday, August 8 is International Cat Day. Tuesday, August 10 is National Spoil Your Dog Day.

Thursday, August 12 is World Elephant Day

”We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” ― Graydon Carte

From: everydaypower.com


37) Posted from 7/31/21 to 8/7/21

"My Shelter Days are over, done, Because you, my master, took me home."

Last stanza of the poem, The Final Countdown, by Courtney Bailey, from: dogquotations.com

For: DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs – August 1, 2021


36) Posted from 7/24/21 to 7/31/21

Two days commemorate animals this week. Thursday, July 29 is International Tiger Day, followed by National Mutt Day.

"A mutt is couture-it's the only one like it in the world, made especially for you."  Isaac Mizrahi  

From: inspiringquotes.us 

For: National Mutt Day, Saturday, July 31.



35) Posted from 7/17/21 to 7/24/21

“My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals - not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration.”  

Joanna Lumley From: quotefancy

ForNational Rat Catcher’s Day, Thursday, July 22

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34) Posted from 7/10/21 to 7/17/21

YIKES! Weeks can pass without a special day dedicated to animals. But during the coming week, there are 5 such days with 2 dedications occurring on 2 of those days, for a total of 7 dedications! Here they’re all listed, with the All American Pet Photo Day featured because all the animals featured on the other special days can be companions and photos of them can be taken.

Cow Appreciation Day, Tuesday, July 13, Shark Awareness Day, Wednesday, July 14, (Yes, some of us regard sharks as companions.) National I Love Horses Day and National Pet Fire Safety Day, Thursday, July 15, Guinea Pig Appreciation Day and World Snake Day, Friday, July 16

“National All American Pet Photo Day does not discriminate about which pets we photo plaster social media with. From dogs to cats to squirrels and birds, bring one and bring them all! Today is the day we dote on our domesticated friends and share them with the world.”
For: All American Pet Photo Day, Sunday, July 11.





33) Posted from 7/3/21 to 7/10/21


“Gather kittens while you may, Time brings only sorrow; And the kittens of today; Will be old cats tomorrow.” – Oliver Herford

For: National Kitten Day, Saturday, July 10.



32) Posted from 6/26/21 to 7/3/21


“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”


31) Posted from 6/19/21 to 6/26/21

Participate with a purpose. Just like with Take Your Dog To Work Day, (Friday, June 25) and Take Your Cat To Work Day, (Monday, June 21) the purpose behind Take Your Pet To Work Week, (June 21-25) is to highlight the wonderful companions these pets make and to promote their adoptions. From: Pet Sitters International.

30) Posted from 6/12/21 to 6/19/21


“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
The Bible
Job 12:7-8

29) Posted from 6/5/21 to 6/12/21

“Death ends a life, not a relationship”.

In: Tuesday’s with Morrie, by: Mitch Albom

From: goodreads popular quotes

For: World Pet Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 8


28) Posted from 5/29/21 to 6/5/21


“Cats are a perfect blend of cuteness and love, naughtiness and craziness.”


For: National Hug Your Cat Day

Friday, June 4



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27) Posted from 5/22/21 to 5/29/21

“And the turtles, of course all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be”. —- Dr. Seuss

From: goodreads popular quotes

For: World Turtle Day


Sunday, May 23


26) Posted from 5/15/21 to 5/22/21

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” 

― Karen Davison

Thursday, May 20, 2021

25) Posted from 5/8/21 to 5/15/21

“It’s hard to justify how many horses we go through. In humans you never see someone snap their leg off running in the Olympics. But you see it in horse racing.”
– Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director, California Horse Racing Board (New York Times, 3/24/12)
For the Preakness Stakes horse race, Saturday, May 15.
Quote from All-Creatures.org


24) Posted from 5/1/21 to 5/8/21

Tuesday, May 4 

Ever since we launched International Respect for Chickens Day in 2005, we’ve urged our supporters to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming and cockfighting operations by doing an ACTION on their behalf.

Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns 

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23) Posted from 4/24/21 to 5/1/21

All dogs can be guide dogs of a sort, leading us to places we didn't even know we needed or wanted to go.

Wednesday, April 28


22) Posted from 4/17/21 to 4/24/21

Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harrass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us!
Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazovpublished as a serial in The Russian Messenger, from January 1879 to November 1880.


21) Posted from 4/10/21 to 4//17/21





“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.”

From: Brainy Quote

For: National Pet DaySunday, April 11






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20) Posted from 4/3/21 to 4/10/21

Baby bunnies and chicks are NOT pets for Easter gifts.”

By Nadine. From: Animal Magnetism


19) Posted from 3/27/21 to 4/3/21

The smallest feline is a masterpiece”. Leonardo da Vinci

From: quotefancy

For: Respect Your Cat Day

Sunday, March 28


18) Posted from 3/20/21 to 3/27/21

“Puppies are the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet.
Oh, to be more like a puppy.”
~Colleen Paige
{founder of National Puppy Day)
This Tuesday and the 23rd of March each year.

17) Posted from 3/13/21 to 3/20/21

"One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Minister & Activist

16) Posted from 3/6/21 to 3/13/21 (Date error. My former online reference, calendarr.com, named March 10 as the date for this day. On May 18, my current online reference, nationaltoday.com, informed that this day is celebrated on every April 10. Note the new link to the day. My apologies for any confusion or inconvenience. Michael of PEI)

“Wake up. Hug dog. Have a good day.”


For: National Hug Your Dog Day

Wednesday, March 10


15) Posted from 2/27/21 to 3/6/21
“How little we know what animals feel! How fatuous is man to assume that he alone among all creatures that walk the earth is capable of experiencing the pain of loss.”
Hope Ryden, from God’s Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, page 88, 1975 and 1979, Lyons & Burford Publishers, 31 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10010 U.S.A .   

14) Posted from 2/20/21 to 2/27/21


“The government allows tax deductions for ‘dependents.’ I think pets should be included. That would help to enable people to afford proper food and veterinary care for their pets — including spaying and neutering — and just might help to reduce the number of homeless animals by increasing pet ownership.”

– Jeff Kelly, From: Animal Matters

For: World Spay Day

Tuesday, February 
sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries. ”The animals must be spayed or neutered before they are given up for adoption”. (Google Dictionary) 


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13) Posted from 2/13/21 to 2/20/21

“Pets bring vital energy to our homes and lives. Pets communicate many messages about love and connection. Care tenderly for all pets throughout their precious lives. The interspecies dance of love softens and expands the heart.” Laura Staley, Feng Shui Expert

From parade.com

For National Love Your Pet Day

Saturday, February 20


12) Posted from 2/6/21 to 2/13/21

This book

is dedicated to all those 
whose hearts burn,
as does that of the author,
with a deep and abiding 
hatred of cruelty 
to animals.
first published in 1997 by Viking Penguin, 
a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.,
375 Hudson Street 
New York, New York 10014, U.S.A.

11) Posted from 1/30/21to 2/6/21

How about a quote to commemorate National Golden Retriever Day on Wednesday, February 3? Or how about one for Groundhog Day on the 2nd? Well, let’s have a quote about an obscure, yet charming little animal whose day is most likely to be overshadowed by those other two!

National Hedgehog Day 

Tuesday February 2


10) Posted from 1/23/21 to 1/30/21

“Holocaust victims WERE treated like animals, and so logically we can conclude that animals are treated like holocaust victims.

– Matt Prescott, creator of PETA’s “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign
From “A Tale of Two Holocausts”, an article by Karen Davis PhD. at neveragain.org.il
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday, January 27.

9) Posted from 1/16/21 to 1/23/21

“The squirrels, leaping joyfully from branch to branch: not a single one doubts its existence.” 

 Marty Rubin

From: goodreads popular quotes

For: National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Thursday, January 21

8) Posted from 1/9/21 to 1/16/21

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.” —-Fran Lebowitz

From: Brainy Quotes

For: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Thursday January 14

(And please don’t let them shiver alone in the back yard. And don’t allow them to lick any ice melter off their paws if they weren’t wearing paw protectors while out on the sidewalks and streets.)

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7) Posted from 1/2/21 to 1/9/21


For: National Bird Day

Tuesday, January 5

“The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense is his life, large-brained, large-lunged, hot, ecstatic, his frame charged with buoyancy and his heart with song”
Naturalist John Burroughs from: Birds and Poets, with Other Papers
From: parade.com

6) Posted from 12/26/20 to 1/2/21

New Year's Resolution 

for Companions of Animals

This year,

I will give my animal companions

appropriate amounts of appropriate foods,




and spend more time with them,



make sure they're healthy


     and show compassion, generosity and respect to all


            abandoned                                                     feral                                                          and wild

animal companions.


5) Posted from 12/19/20 to 12/26/20

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” Margaret Thatcher

From: goodreads popular quotes


4) Posted from 12/12/20 to 12/19/20

“Even if they can’t be herded, cats in sufficient numbers can make a lot of noise and cannot be ignored.” Richard Dawkins

For December 15, National Cat Herders Day


3) Posted from 12/5/20 to 12/12/20

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

Martin Buber

From his book, I and ThouFirst published in 1923.


2) Posted from 11/28/20 to 12/5/20


“As a portion of them excel mankind in the acuteness of the senses, by means by which the feebleness of their mental powers are supplemented, so in some of the appetites and passions they may possess a delicacy of sensibility of which the human species is incapable. In their affections for their young, and for their mates (among such as pair), the highest evidence of their sensibility is found. They also display courage, fidelity, and gratitude, and to these, perhaps, in some instances, benevolence may be added. For the possession of these qualities, which are indistinguishable from the corresponding qualities of the human mind, and for the beautiful illustrations of maternal affection which they display, they are entitled to our regard.”
Lewis H. Morgan on “the mutes” from The American Beaver, page 272, originally, The American Beaver and His Works, 1868.

1) Posted from 11/26/20 to 11/28/20

We Give Thanks For The Animals
We give thanks for the animals
Who live close to nature,
Who remind us of the sanctities of birth and death,
Who do not trouble their lives with foreboding or grief,
Who let go each moment as it passes,
And accept each new one as it comes
With serenity and grace.
Enable us to walk in beauty as they do
At one with the turning seasons,
Welcoming the sunrise and at peace with sunset.
And as we hallow the memory of good friends now departed,"
Who loved abundantly and in their time were loved,
Who freely gave us their affection and loyalty.
Let us not be anxious for tomorrow
But ask only that kindness and gratitude fill our hearts,
Day by day, into the passing years

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