August 26th, National Dog Day, is dedicated to our four-legged companions that never leave our side, and to recognize all the dogs that need to be rescued each year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.
‘National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.’ – www.nationaldogday.com
As a pet parent, check out these 20 ways to celebrate National Dog Day. If you’re considering becoming a pet parent, stop by your local animal shelter and take a dog on a walk, give them a belly rub and provide them with a forever home.
Pet & Family Lifestyle expert Colleen Paige founded national Dog Day in 2004 and has since raised awareness for pets in shelters and all around the world. To learn more about National Dog Day, visit their website www.nationaldogday.com