National Dog Day was made official in 2004 and takes place on August 26. The aim is to raise public awareness about dogs in need of a home.
The pandemic has seen 18,703 animals adopted from the San Diego Humane Society, however, there are still millions in shelters across the country waiting for a place to call home. Here’s how you can be a part of this year’s National Dog Day celebrations:
- Adopt a dog on #NationalDogDay- Shelters strive to give dogs all their basic needs, but they are not meant to be a permanent home. Rescues and shelters cannot provide all the love and happiness dogs need to strive. This National Dog Day, open your home to enriching a dog’s quality of life and give them a second chance at happiness, safety, and security.
- Donate cash and kind- In order to care for all the rescues that come in, shelters rely on donations of cash and kind such as blankets, food, and toys. This will ensure rescues have all they need to stay comfortable until they are adopted.
- Volunteer or foster at your local shelter- Shelter workers are without a doubt overworked and understaffed. Lend a helping hand to ease the burden and spread the love to give these dogs the one-on-one love and attention they need.
- Have fun- Don’t forget to make training fun. Dogs tend to perform better when they are doing things they love. Remember to use positive reinforcement with lots of treats and lots of love!
- Commitment- Make a commitment to keeping your dog safe. Ensure their microchip and collars are up-to-date in case they get lost, and that they have all they need as the weather changes, including shade, blankets, enough water, company, and a comfy bed.