Discussing The Holiday That Raises Awareness About Shelter Dogs and Promotes Responsible Dog Ownership

Dogs are truly wonderful creatures and we are very fortunate to have them in our lives. They are such amazing animals that there is a whole holiday dedicated to them! August 26th is widely acknowledged and celebrated as National Dog Day. This special pet-themed holiday is all about our faithful four-legged friends. If you’re unfamiliar with National Dog Day, then you’re in luck! This article will take an in-depth look into National Dog Day and offer some different ways you can get involved with this wonderful holiday. 

A very happy looking dog

Why Have A Holiday About Dogs? 

Everyday is a good day to celebrate the furry four-legged companions we call dogs. But, August 26th is especially a good day to celebrate all of dog-kind. As most pet owners know, dogs are more than just pets, they are family. Dogs possess qualities that some humans don’t even have. They are loyal, compassionate, full of life, and love their owners unconditionally. 

Additionally, dogs enrich our lives in a way few other things can. Their innocence and pure hearted nature enriches our lives and increases our capacity to love others and ourselves. Dogs don’t just occupy a place in our lives, they improve it. In a way, these animals remind us of what it’s like to be human. As they say, love is a four-legged word.

How It All Began

This incredible holiday was created by dog trainer, animal rescue advocate, and pet & family lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige. She founded National Dog Day in 2004 and is also responsible for founding several other pet-themed holidays including National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, and National Cat Day. The date, August 26th, was chosen in honor of her dog Sheltie. Sheltie was her family’s first dog and they adopted her from a local animal shelter on August 26th. 

A dog waiting to be adopted

The Purpose Of The Holiday

Colleen Paige experienced first hand just how important and impactful adoption can be. She founded this holiday to help raise awareness about adopting shelter dogs. According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), 3.1 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year. Out of those 3.1 million, 390,000 will be euthanized due to a lack of space, staff, and resources. These are terrifying statistics, but they can be changed.

Adopting a shelter dog doesn’t just give them a new home, it gives them a second chance at life. Additionally, National Dog Day also supports & promotes dog ownership of all breeds. No matter what kind of dog you have, they deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated. The same goes for responsible dog owners too! Dog ownership is a very serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. National Dog Day promotes and supports responsible dog ownership just as much as the dogs themselves.  

Animal shelter volunteers

How You Can Observe This Holiday

This August 26th, we encourage you to get involved with this amazing holiday! The most obvious way to observe National Dog Day is to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. If adoption isn’t a good option for you, then you can always give back in different ways. Animal shelters are always in need of donations, supplies, or volunteers. 

Additionally, you can also observe National Dog Day by posting it on social media. You can help remind people about the importance of adoption and responsible pet ownership simply by posting it on social media. You can use the handle #nationaldogday on your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to share this article while you’re at it!

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