National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It serves to help the public to recognize the amount of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and recognizes dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives and keep us safe and bring comfort. Putting their lives on the line each day for their law enforcement partner, to help their mentally or physically disabled handler, by detecting bombs or drugs and finding lost individuals or those trapped by a disaster.
National Dog Day is against “breed bans”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because they are stereotyped.
Americans do have the right to purchase a purebred dog, however it is strongly suggested NOT to buy dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders and the internet. When considering buying from a breeder, verify the breeder is a reputable breeder by asking for local references such as a Veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering. Know what to expect before you buy. That is the key. Every breed is different.
Thousands of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted. They are “thrown away” because the owner did not research the breed before buying or they were bought as a gift for someone who decided the responsibility was something they no longer wanted or because they shed too much or because they bark too much or simply because someone changed their mind.
Dogs do not understand why they were left at a shelter. In a dog’s mind, they did something wrong and that is why they are there. Dogs are pack animals. A human or a family is their “pack”. In the wild when a dog does something against pack established rules, they are banished from the pack. When a dog ends up at a shelter, they are left wondering what they did wrong to be banished from the “pack”. This is, honestly, the reason many dogs go into a state of depression once they arrive at the shelter.
All a dog wants to do is love you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive beings that deserve love and understanding. Please consider bringing a rescue into your home, or adopt one from a shelter. They will never forget being “rescued” and loved again.