America is going to the dogs, or at least that’s the hope of the folks behind National Dog Day.
Set for Aug. 26 each year, National Dog Day is recognized to raise awareness about the number of dogs that need to be rescued. It’s also designed to acknowledge “family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort,” according to the National Dog Day website.
Now in its 10th year, National Dog Day began in 2004 when founder Colleen Paige set out to give dogs their day. Paige is an author and animal behaviorist.
The National Dog Day website even offers a number of tips on how to mark the day, including adopting a dog, volunteering at a shelter or donating items to an animal rescue or shelter.
An estimated 3.9 million dogs enter American shelters each year and of that number some 1.2 million are euthanized, according to the ASPCA. That organization also estimates there are between 70 and 80 million dogs owned in the United States with as many as 47 percent of all households having at least one dog.
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