National Dog Day History
National Dog Day serves to raise awareness of the thousands of dogs that need to be rescued and encourages appreciation for family dogs and working dogs, such as bomb dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs and law enforcement dogs. Dogs are owned by many families in the US, however many other dogs are homeless and or have been abandoned. Every year, these dogs are taken into shelters, where millions of them are euthanized. In the US, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters every year, of these, 1.2 million are euthanized. Only 35% of shelter dogs are adopted, 26% are returned to their owners and 31% are euthanized.
In 2005, National Dog Day was conceived and promoted by Colleen Paige, a pet lover and advocate.
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