Did you know that there is a day dedicated to celebrating dogs?
Every August 26th, the pet owners celebrate their furry best friends. It’s a day for all dogs, regardless of their type, size, or color.
It’s a holiday established in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a conservationist, dog trainer, and author. She wanted to emphasize the importance of dog rescue and adoption.
The holiday is celebrated all around the world but is most important in the US. Although dogs are generally loved, 65% of all abused animals are dogs, which is another thing people should be aware of.
Although dog adoptions increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some shelters found homes for up to 13 dogs a day, it’s still not enough.
A lot of people are still buying dogs instead of adopting, not to mention that many of the adopted pets are being sent back due to their owners going back to work and no longer having time for them.
The other significant problem includes stray dogs. There are over 70 million stray dogs in the US and over 200 million around the world. The efforts to sterilize stray pets and lower the numbers are working, but it’s still not enough to solve this problem.
If you’re wondering what you can do, here are some ideas:
- Adopt a dog. If you have the means and want a dog, adopting one is definitely something you should consider.
- Donate to your favorite dog charity.
- Ask your local shelter if you can help in any way.
- Spend time learning more about dogs, and spread the word.
Finally, treat every dog with the respect they deserve. If you have a dog, keep them happy and healthy, and perhaps do something special with them on this day. One more happy dog is the best celebration of Dog Day we can think about.
Besides just August 26th, let’s celebrate dogs all year round and repay all the love they give us unconditionally.