Celebrating National Rescue Dog Day!

by Allison Muggli

We love and celebrate rescue dogs every day, but did you know, they have their own official holiday on May 20th? Join us in celebrating National Rescue Dog Day! Here are some ways you can celebrate from the National Rescue Dog Day website:

 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 pure breed rescue group to save a life.

FOSTER: Provide a temporary home for a rescue dog. Many dogs abandoned in 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. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.

SPAY/NEUTER: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist. If you need help with the cost of a spay or neuter for your rescue pet, Shelter Pet Safety Net may be able to help. Find out more here.

EDUCATE: Teach young children the importance of kindness, unconditional love, and responsible care of all animals.