National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateMarch 23, 2023
2024 DateMarch 23, 2024
National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day History

National Puppy Day seeks to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies bring to people's lives. Puppies are young dogs. Depending on the breed, some can remain as puppies longer than others. This day aims to help save orphaned puppies across the globe by encouraging adoption.

National Puppy Day is held on March 23rd every year in the hopes of improving the lives of puppies everywhere. Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day, founded the celebration in 2006.

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National Puppy Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the World Organization for Animal Health, in 2022, there are about 700 million dogs worldwide.
  • According to the American Kennel Club, the most popular dog breeds in 2022 were:
    1) Labrador Retriever
    2) French Bulldog
    3) Golden Retriever
    4) German Shepherd Dog
    5) Poodle
  • It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills operating in the United States.
  • Puppies Behind Bars is a training program that helps inmates raise service dogs in prisons.
  • Puppy mills are commercial, dog-breeding organizations that focus on profit, while ignoring the health and welfare of the animals. 3 million puppies are killed in puppy mills because they are too full and not enough have found homes.

National Puppy Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit an animal shelter and adopt a puppy in need. Most cities have a local shelter where you can visit and adopt a pet in the same day. Remember to spay or neuter your pet in order to control the stray dog population.
  • Spread awareness by using the hashtags #nationalpuppyday and #puppyday on social media and also share pictures of your dog or pictures of dogs you like.
  • Watch the documentaries I’m Alive (2008), Madonna of the Mills (2010), and Dog By Dog (2015) to learn more about the realities of puppy mills.
  • Share a picture of your puppy (or dog as a puppy) on Facebook where you will be entered to win a complimentary nail trim, toy and treat from Briar Wood Animal Hospital.
  • Donate your time or money to a local animal shelter or an organization that supports stray animals. There is always a need for help walking, feeding, playing with and cleaning up after the animals. You can also make a financial donation to organizations such as ASPCA and the Humane Society.

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