Today is National Rescue Dog Day!

Today is National Rescue Dog Day, aka, the perfect excuse to celebrate the rescued dog(s) in your life!

This holiday, which is celebrated every year on May 20, was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc., to raise awareness about all of the perfectly adoptable dogs living in U.S. animal shelters.

National Rescue Dog Day is also an excellent occasion to remind people to spay/neuter their pets, thus reducing the intake of shelter animals, AND teach kids how to play nicely with animals. This will help kids grow into kind and responsible pet owners.

National Rescue Dog Day was inspired by Cooper, a shelter pup who has grown into the main character in the TTT’s children book series since being adopted in 2009.

Now Cooper and other shelter dog book characters help important model life lessons for young ones, including caring, kindness, empathy, and perseverance. These are qualities that rescued dogs (who’ve often overcome hardships like homelessness and abuse) tend to possess in limitless supply!

Cooper as a puppy. Photo: Nationalrescuedogday.com

There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day, especially if circumstances allow you to adopt a shelter dog in need.

Fostering is also an excellent way to commemorate this important occasion because many shelter pups just need a break from the noisy shelter and a chance to practice their socialization. This arrangement often works out well for foster parents, too, case in point being all the people who’ve credited pets with helping them through the pandemic.

Photo: Nationalrescuedogday.com

But even if you don’t have the time or space to adopt or foster, there are still plenty of ways to help rescued dogs. For example, shelters are always in need of donations, especially as COVID-19 has forced them to cancel events and fundraising. Volunteering is another excellent way to give back.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate our rescued dogs on social media, which is an excellent way to champion your shelter pet and spread the word about animal rescue.

How has your rescued dog changed your life? Let us know in the comments!

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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