Why Rescue Dogs?
National Rescue Dog Day is proudly observed annually on MAY 20th to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters around the country who deserve a second chance at a forever home.
The day was founded in 2018 by our friend Lisa Wiehebrink, children’s book author and Executive Director of Tails That Teach, an organization that helps children learn the kind and proper treatment of their pets. Lisa’s inspiration for National Rescue Dog Day came from her beloved rescue dog Cooper (pictured below) who was rescued as a puppy from a Los Angeles shelter in 2009 after being found living in a vacant lot. “There is something so special about Cooper. He is a gentle giant with a kind soul. His grateful spirit and unconditional love make me believe that he knows he was rescued. It’s for these reasons that I wanted to encourage others to consider adopting a dog from a shelter,” states Lisa.
Rescue dogs are truly remarkable! They overcome extreme obstacles and are incredibly resilient. They make wonderful family pets and a child’s best friend. But, rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities and give comfort to the elderly. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and even PTSD. The possibilities are endless, but most of all, they are love in the purest form and it is hard to imagine a more loyal, worthy companion.
We are proud to support Lisa and her organization in all their efforts to help raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. This past weekend we were able to participate in the "To the Rescue!" event in Anaheim, CA, held at Brewheim. Check out some fun behind the scenes on social here!
How to Celebrate Nat'l Rescue Dog Day:
You can make a positive difference in the lives of rescue dogs every day! Here are some great ideas of how you can celebrate:
POST A PHOTO: Share a photo of your rescue dog on social media by using #nationalrescuedogday. Explain what makes your rescue dog special to inspire others to adopt!
GIVE LOVE: Shower your rescue dog with love in the form of a leisurely walk, a delicious treat, a new toy, or just some extra cuddle time.
ADOPT: Adopt a dog from a local shelter or a breed rescue group to save a life.
FOSTER: Provide a temporary home for a rescue dog. Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may need some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place. This is also a great way to see if you’re ready to adopt and make the life-long commitment.
HELP A SHELTER: Check your local shelter website to donate and to view their wish list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes. You can also host a bake sale, car wash, or other event and donate the proceeds back to the shelter.
VOLUNTEER: Help out at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
SPAY/NEUTER: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.
EDUCATE: Teach young children the importance of kindness, unconditional love, and responsible care of all animals.
We will always hold a special place in our hearts for rescue dogs. Be sure to tag us in your #RescueDog stories on social media!