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Wednesday, August 26th, is our opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate just how important dogs are in our everyday lives.
National Dog Day is recognized on the 26th of August annually as the holiday was established in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. Paige is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat Day, and several additional philanthropic days designed to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption6.
National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, purebred and mixed breed. Each August, this day aims to educate the public and spread awareness about the number of dogs that remain in public shelters, rescue organizations, and pure breed rescues.
National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort. While National Dog Day recognizes every person’s right to purchase a dog, it encourages those seeking a canine companion to make adoption the first option.
Since it began in 2004, the National Dog Day Foundation has saved more than 100,000 canine companions7.
This holiday also encourages those considering adding a dog to their families to educate themselves about the breed they are interested in, and the care the dog will require. Before bringing a new canine companion home, consider your family’s needs and schedule. Then decide on specifics such as:
“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day.
Dogs are more likely to end up “unwanted” if they are brought home on impulse. Although it may seem thoughtful and unique, it’s not a good idea to give someone a dog as a gift. It’s also important to keep in mind that you cannot expect a child to be wholly responsible for a dog’s overall care.
If you already have a canine companion, give that dog some extra loving on this day! Need some ideas? We’ve got them:
Whether you have a dog or not, you can still join in the fun and spread awareness. Plus, you will be helping dogs everywhere find forever, loving homes.
Keep in mind that most shelters can usually always use:
Regardless of how you and your furry friend celebrate National Dog Day, we hope you enjoy some extra time with your furry family member on their special day!
Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets – even while enjoying their special day. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 can help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget.
Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.
1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.
2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.
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