May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day, founded by Lisa Wiehebrink. It aims to spread awareness to the alarming amount of beautiful dogs waiting for adoption in shelters, to educate young children, and to encourage desexing/spraying/neutering.
Sadly, many rescue dogs have a tough past yet they can still provide great comfort, security and companionship. With training, they can also help instil independence to people with disabilities being service dogs. Under these circumstances, they often become our sight, hearing and also our best pals.
Rescue dogs offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Being emotional support companions, they can help those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental illnesses.
How To Observe #NationalRescueDogDay
ADOPT A DOG: Have room in your life for a dog? Consider adopting and saving a dog instead of buying.
FOSTER A DOG: A lot of dogs left to shelters need medical care or rehabilitation in a home environment before the adoption process starts.
HELP A SHELTER: Dog shelters and pounds always require support. Financial adoptions, or donating essential items like toys, blankets, treats and leashes help a great deal.
VOLUNTEER: You can help volunteer at your local shelter by taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them lots of attention and affection.
DESEX/SPRAY/NEUTER: Be a responsible pet parent, make sure your pet is desexed. The main reason shelters exist is because of overpopulation.
EDUCATE: Teach your children about the importance of friendliness, unconditional love, and responsibility that goes in to caring for animals.