National Puppy Day 2013: The cutest non-holiday of the year

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National Puppy Day is March 23rd. It was instituted as a non-holiday in 2006 by Colleen Paige. It was devised in order to “celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives…but more importantly, it is a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further the mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores.”

More than 8,000 puppy mills are in the United States alone. These “backyard breeders” are supplying the puppy stores. Some of these mills are even supported by the AKC!

The puppies born and bred in puppy mills are forced to exist in horrific conditions. Once they are born, many of the puppies are stripped away from their mother too early. They are placed in wire crates that are stacked one on top of the other, and the crates do not contain plastic liners. Since they are not let out unless they are being bred, their excrement flows down from the top crates to the bottom crates.

Additionally, many of the dogs do not even have names least of all collars, leashes, toys or treats. Once the haphazard breeders notice that they are no longer fertile or that they cannot be sold, they are killed.

This is where the official motto of National Puppy Day, “Adopt instead of shop!” comes into play. If you are unable to have a dog on a permanent basis, another fashionable way of getting involved is to part-time foster rescue animals so that they have a chance to find their forever home. The important thing is to get involved! Remember, National Puppy Day is rapidly approaching. More information will be publicized soon.

Melissa Stoneburner began writing about dogs two years ago. She is still an author on Examiner.com, Helium and Hubpages and works with Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Find Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.

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