Save a life…
“Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.”
Lisa Wiehebrink, author and founder of Tails That Teach, wrote Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, inspired by Cooper, her rescue dog from a Los Angeles shelter. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Rescue Dog Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.
Tails That Teach founded National Rescue Dog Day on May 20 to honor the countless ways rescue dogs become apart of the human family and increase awareness about the number of dogs in shelters.
How to observe #NationalRescueDogDay:
There’s a handful of ways to share the puppy love, get involved!
- SPAY/NEUTER: When you own a pet, it is your responsibility to ensure that you and your pet are not contributing to the overpopulation crisis.
- ADOPT: Take this into consideration when adding a furry member to your family; The ASPCA’s statistics show 3.9 million dogs enter shelters each year & of that, 1.2 million are euthanized. 99% of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. When you purchase a pup this way, you are supporting this crisis.
- VOLUNTEER: Help out at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization & overall well-being. At the bottom of this article we will link a few local shelters!
- FOSTER: If you can’t add a new member to your crew quite yet, consider a temporary stay! Many dogs living in shelters can benefit greatly from socialization, or would 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. Be their support while waiting for their fur-ever home!
- DONATE: Shelters always need donations. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes.