National Dog Day was first celebrated by the Animal Miracle Foundation in 2004 and in that first year saved over 12,000 dogs throughout the United States. This year’s motto is "With days like this, it is awesome being a dog.”
Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, this special day which is celebrated on Aug. 26 each year has two goals: to honor the dogs in our lives and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. This is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our society.
In addition to giving unconditional love and companionship, dogs assist us in countless ways each and every day. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind and assist the physically disabled. They comfort the sick and provide companionship for the lonely. Dogs aid in a variety of search and rescue missions and they assist law enforcement personnel in seeking out bombs and drugs.
The goal of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. National Dog Day is recognized by dog lovers nationwide and is the day that shelters, businesses and humane organizations throughout the Nation host adoption events and other gatherings to encourage canine adoptions and donations to local shelters and organizations that help save homeless pets. It is also an opportunity to educate the public about the number of dogs that need to be rescued. Since 2004, the Foundation has helped save over one million dogs in this country.
In 2011, National Dog Day went international with six other countries participating – the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Canada.
Click here to read about Sailor, the National Dog Day AmbassaDOG. Sailor is a 12 year old black Lab mix who was formerly abused and abandoned dog and is now spreading hope to others.
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Click here for information on “you and your dog” from the Best Friends Pet Care Library.
What you can do to celebrate National Dog Day:
- Show your dog how much you appreciate him by taking him for a picnic at a dog park, inviting the neighborhood dogs over for a pool party, coordinating a costume parade on your street, taking your dog shopping to pick out a new toy or planning a pet-friendly getaway.
- If you are not already a dog parent and want to add to your furry family, adopt a dog from a local shelter or rescue organization. Go to Petfinder.com to find adoptable dogs in your community.
- Volunteer or donate on a regular basis at a local shelter.
- Promote the adoption of shelter animals in your community.