National Dog Day 2013 is Mon., Aug. 26 and that means honoring and recognizing canines. Animal advocate, Colleen Paige, is the founder of National Dog day as well as National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23), and National Pet Day (April 11). Paige founded 19 national and international pet days to bring deserving attention to the need for pet rescue.
Patch reports Aug. 26 since the holiday began in 2004, National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige, author and pet behaviorist, said. "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige adds that the holiday is a K-9 Fourth of July and urges pet lovers to honor it by adopting a shelter dog or helping an ill or elderly neighbor walk their dog. She also requests $5 donations be made to a local shelter. There are a number of ways to celebrate National Dog Day 2013.
Check around locally and see if any restaurants are celebrating the pet holiday by donating a percentage of proceeds to local animal shelters. Uncle Maddio Pizza in east Atlanta, for example, is donating 10 percent of all sales to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, an organization that rescues dogs and cats from high-kill shelters so they can find them safe and loving forever homes.