March 23rd is the eighth ever National Puppy Day! We can all think of endless reasons why puppies, and dogs of all ages, deserve a national holiday:
- Dogs are proven health-boosters for humans: they lessen the risk of allergies and asthma, reduce stress levels, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- They are our best friends and our family members.
- They provide loving companionship and boost our happiness.
- Puppies are simply adorable!
So, who would hurt a puppy?
National Puppy Day was created for the more than half a million dogs born in puppy mills each year. Dogs are confined, mistreated, bred and often killed in puppy mills (to learn more about the problem with puppy mills, click here).
If you are considering bringing a puppy into your family, skip the pet stores (where 99% of the puppies come from puppy mills), and instead adopt from a rescue shelter. Ask yourself these 10 questions to make sure you are ready to commit to raising a dog.
For those not ready, or able, to bring in a rescued dog, you can still celebrate National Puppy Day! Click through this slideshow filled with the cutest of the cute! Be sure to look out for some puppy-protecting tips along the way.