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National Rescue Dog Day

National Rescue Dog Day brings "awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters around the country who deserve a second chance at a forever home." It was founded in 2018 by Lisa Wiehebrink, an author of children's books and the Executive Director of Tails that Teach, an organization that teaches children how to treat their pets with care. Lisa's rescue dog Cooper was the inspiration for the day. She rescued Cooper from a shelter in Los Angeles in 2009, after he had been found in a vacant parking lot. Because of her positive experience with Cooper, Lisa wanted to encourage others to consider adopting a dog from a shelter.

How to Observe National Rescue Dog Day

The founders of the day suggest participating in the following ways:

  • Post a photo: Share a photo of your rescue dog on social media by using #NationalRescueDogDay. Explain what makes your rescue dog special to inspire others to adopt!
  • Give Love: Shower your rescue dog with love in the form of a leisurely walk, a delicious treat, a new toy, or just some extra cuddle time.
  • Adopt: Adopt a dog from a local shelter or a purebreed rescue group to save a life.
  • Foster: Provide a temporary home for a rescue dog. Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may need some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place. This is also a great way to see if you're ready to adopt and make a life-long commitment.
  • Help a Shelter: Check your local shelter website to donate and to view their wish list of much-needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes. You can also host a bake sale, car wash, or other event and donate the proceeds back to the shelter.
  • Volunteer: Help out at your local shelter. Take dogs for walks, groom them, and/or give them plenty of affection.
  • Spay/Neuter: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.
  • Educate: Teach young children the importance of kindness, unconditional love, and responsible care of all animals.

Other ways you could take part include supporting the founders of the day, checking the official website for events to take part in, and learning more about what you should know before adopting a dog.

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