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National Dog Day-August 26

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National Dog Day (Also known as: World Dog Day, International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day) is Wednesday, August 26th. It serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

While the founders of National Dog Day feel that Americans have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, they strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the Internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog's breed and better yet - visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group to adopt a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Please consider adopting on National Dog Day! Even dog lovers who are not dog owners are encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter or rescue on National Dog Day.

For a list of 20 ways to celebrate National Dog Day, go here.

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