In addition to it being Women’s Equality Day, today is also National Dog Day in the United States—a day set aside to celebrate pups around the country and raise awareness of the number of dogs that need to be rescued every year. Celebrated annually, the observance was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, the founder of several philanthropic days shining a light on animals’ struggles and the importance of adoption.
The day is significant to Colleen because that was the exact date that her family adopted her first dog “Sheltie” when she was ten years old. The National Dog Day celebrates all mixed breed and pure dogs. The official website states, “Our mission is 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.”
Are you wondering how you can celebrate? There are many ways you can participate. You can
- Adopt a dog from your local shelter or purebred rescue organization;
- Donate blankets, toys and food to animal welfare organizations;
- Send a gift to a dog in your life;
- Host a National Dog Day party for your friends and their dogs; or
- Run a safety check in your home to make sure it’s dog-proof.
Here is a list by the American Kennel Club of the most popular dog breeds in the United States:
- Labrador Retrievers
- German Shepherds
- Golden Retrievers
- French Bulldogs
- German Shorthaired Pointers
- Yorkshire Terriers
Do you have a special dog in your life? Please share a picture in the comments! For more ways to celebrate and to learn more about National Dog Day, please click here.