August 26 is more than just the tail end of summer. It’s also National Dog Day, an annual excuse to celebrate everything canine and promote animal rescue.
National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by animal advocate Colleen Paige, who created the holiday to promote dog adoption. Paige — who also founded National Mutt Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Day — placed her new celebration on August 26, the date her family adopted Sheltie, Paige’s first childhood dog.
Decades later, National Dog Day has grown into an annual celebration of the many ways dogs improve our lives–from K-9s and service dogs to emotional-support animals to the family pets who provide unconditional love. National Dog Day is also a wonderful reason to consider giving a shelter dog a forever home.
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“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” Paige writes on her website. “Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”
National Dog Day is also an excellent excuse to lavish your dogs with some extra love and attention (as if we needed a reason!). Take Fido for an extra-long walk, teach him a new trick, and/or indulge him or her with an extra dog treat (or two).
But if you can’t adopt a dog, don’t fret. There are other ways to help rescued dogs on National Dog Day. Consider walking a dog for your elderly neighbor, help us donate shelter supplies, or help us fly at-risk shelter dogs to safety and adoption.
How are you celebrating National Dog Day?
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