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National Rescue Dog Day

May 20, 2021

NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY is proudly observed annually on MAY 20. There are countless ways to make a difference on this day and everyday!

National Rescue Dog Day was founded by Lisa Wiehebrink of Tails That Teach to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter. The day was inspired by Cooper (pictured below) who was rescued in 2009 and now the main character in the Tails That Teach book series that teach children how to be and kind and gentle to their pets.

Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. But, rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.

Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.

They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained for search and rescue missions. The possibilities are endless!

When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It’s hard to imagine a more loving, worthy companion.

How to observe:

Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs! There are a variety of ways to share the puppy love…

ADOPT: If there is room in your life for a dog, consider adopting and giving one a forever home.

FOSTER: Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may be in need of some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.

HELP A SHELTER: Shelters always need support. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes. You can also host a bake sale, car wash, or other event to raise funds for 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.

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

(Information is from https://www.nationalrescuedogday.com/)

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