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National Dog Day–Adopt a Dog

National Dog Day–Adopt a Dog

Dog lovers know that you don’t need a special day to celebrate woman’s and man’s best friend. But honestly, if there is National Butterscotch Pudding Day, there might as well be a National Dog Day. And this year, today’s the day.

Started by animal expert and author, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day comes out of Paige’s organization, the (wonderful) Animal Miracle Network. This site is a virtual setting to connect animal lovers, shelters, rescues and businesses who care about helping orphaned animals find new homes.

National Dog Day was created to raise public awareness about the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and also to celebrate family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. National Dog Day encourages dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure–and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and abuse-free life. Amen!

Given that the Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for between 6 to 8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized, National Dog Day seems like a real lifesaver. So, is there an adopted dog in your future?

For more information about adoption, read about a virtual pet shelter, or check out this tool from Pets911 that will help you locate a local rescue or shelter.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:55AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

It's in fact to adopt a loyal friend

5:00PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you.

4:58PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you.

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10:43PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thanks for the information.

12:16AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

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12:11AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Thanks Melissa.

10:50AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Herman Cain for US president!

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