Pets & Animals

History of National Dog Day Created in 2004

National Dog Day is Aug. 26 every year, initially created in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle advocate Colleen Paige, who chose that day specifically because it is when her family brought their dog home when she was 10 years old.

The holiday’s mission is to celebrate dogs, raise awareness about the number of dogs in shelters, and encourage adoption.

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National Dog Day has expanded since 2004 and is now observed on a global scale.

The Humane Society of the United States and West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue are just two rescue organizations that have partnered with people in charge of the occasion to enhance the cause’s awareness. Together, they highlight the large number of dogs that are homeless and work to actively persuade those looking for a dog to go to an adoption center rather than a pet shop.

For dog owners not looking to adopt, the day has become a great time to spend with your furry friend.

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Founder Colleen Paige also uses the holiday to bring attention to the many ways in which dogs contribute to society including helping law enforcement officers, providing assistance and guidance to people with disabilities, and more.


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