National Puppy Day
National Puppy Day is for celebrating puppies for all the joy they bring to our lives. It is also a day for saving orphaned puppies around the world by encouraging pet adoption, a day for educating the public about the problems of puppy mills, and a day to work to get puppies out of pet stores. The day was created in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and author Colleen Paige, who has founded other holidays about pets such as National Dog Day and National Cat Day. National Puppy Day is now considered an international day as it has spread around the globe.
One of the biggest focuses of the day is to do away with puppy mills. They are crammed and dirty places where puppies are not given proper medical care and are often taken away from their mothers at an early age. In general, puppies are treated as if they are a commodity and nothing more. There are 8,000 to 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, including businesses that call themselves "backyard breeders," where people let their dogs get pregnant with the hope of selling the puppies. Puppy mills are one of the main reasons why there is an overpopulation of dogs in the United States, along with lack of spaying and neutering. Pet stores are the number one reason there are so many puppy mills. On National Puppy Day, there is a focus to convince pet stores to stop selling puppies, so that puppy mills will recede. According to the creator of today's holiday, having rallies and demonstrations outside of pet stores will help accomplish this.
How to Observe
If you have a puppy, celebrate the day by spending extra time with them. Take them for a walk, or teach them a trick. Buy them a new toy, treat, outfit, collar, or leash. Take your puppy to a vet checkup and make sure that all their health records are up to date.
If you don't have a puppy, consider adopting an orphaned puppy from a local shelter or rescue. If you are planning on buying from a breeder, make sure to investigate their background before purchasing from them. Also, keep in mind the importance of spaying and neutering.
Here are a few other things you could do on the day:
- donate time, money, or supplies to a local animal shelter
- organize a peaceful demonstration at a pet store that sells puppies
- contact your congressperson about banning puppy mills
- make some puppy chow