Rescue Dog Day

Today, May 20th, is #NationalRescueDogDay!

We truly believe rescues are the BEST breed of all. So thankful for all of our rescue dogs out there giving us love day in and day out. Share your rescue dog story with us today on Instagram @naturesselectpetfood and thank you for adopting a dog in need! Be sure to include the hashtag #nationalrescuedogday. Learn more about the history of this national day of recognition for rescue dogs below.

NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY is observed annually on MAY 20.

National Rescue Dog Day was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc. to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter. The day was inspired by Cooper (pictured below) who was rescued in 2009, and now the main character in the Tails That Teach book series that teach children how to be and kind and gentle to their pets so they grown up to be compassionate, responsible pet owners.

Rescue Dog Cooper

Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. But, rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.

Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.

They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained for search and rescue missions. The possibilities are endless!

When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It’s hard to imagine a more loving, worthy companion. 


How to Observe Rescue Dog Day:

Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs! There are a variety of ways to share the puppy love:

  • ADOPT: If there is room in your life for a dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.

  • FOSTER: Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may be in need of some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.

  • DONATE: Shelters always need donations. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes.

  • 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.

Is there a rescue dog in your life? Share your rescue dog story on social media and use: #nationalrescuedogday 

National Rescue Dogs

Nature's Select is proud to support pro-rescue organizations nationwide, including Tails That Teach, that care for dogs in need awaiting their forever homes. If you are considering a new furry family member, we highly encourage pet adoption. Promoting pet adoption helps lower the capacity at animal shelters, and helps pets in need find a loving family for a safe, happy home!