National Rescue Dog Day

National Rescue Dog Day Quick Facts - CA

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2024 DateMay 20, 2024
2025 DateMay 20, 2025

National Rescue Dog Day

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National Rescue Dog Day History

National Rescue Dog Day promotes the importance of adopting rescue dogs and raising awareness about the countless benefits they provide to their adopters. This day encourages Canadians to consider rescuing a dog from a shelter, as well as recognize the valuable work done by organizations that are committed to rehabilitating dogs in need.

National Rescue Dog Day was established in 2018 by Tails That Teach, a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching children kindness, compassion, and responsible pet ownership. Canadians and the many rescue groups operating across the country, such as the Canadian Dog Adoption Centre and the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, embrace this movement. Rescue dogs have been proven to offer companionship, serve as therapy dogs, search and rescue partners, and provide health benefits such as reduced stress or increased physical activity to their adopter.

National Rescue Dog Day is observed on May 20th each year in Canada. This day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the plight of abandoned and surrendered animals, as well as highlight the benefits of adopting a rescue for both the animal and their new family.

National Rescue Dog Day facts

  • According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States each year, out of which 1.6 million are adopted.
  • According to the ASPCA, the return rate for adopted dogs is around 10-20%.
  • It is estimated that around 75% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. Mixed breed dogs are referred to as mutts.
  • The popularity of rescue dogs in Canada has been on the rise in recent years. In 2019, a survey revealed that 65% of dog owners in Canada adopted their dogs from a rescue organization or shelter.
  • Many rescue dogs in Canada are imported from other countries, particularly from the United States and Mexico. These dogs are often saved from overcrowded shelters or dangerous situations such as natural disasters, dog fights, or neglect.

Top things to do in Canada for National Rescue Dog Day

  • Adopt an animal companion if you have the available time and resources. Remember to make sure they get their shots and to spay or neuter them.
  • Watch a movie about rescue dogs to show appreciation. Here are our top picks:

    1. Superpower Dogs (2019): This IMAX documentary showcases the incredible abilities of working dogs, including search and rescue dogs. The film features a Canadian avalanche rescue dog named Henry and his human partner.
    2. Dog Tales: Rescues (2018): This web series profiles Canadian dog rescues and the inspiring stories of the dogs and their families who have found each other through adoption.
    3. Searchdog (2016): This documentary focuses on a former Canadian police officer and her extraordinary search and rescue dog team, showcasing their work in various emergency situations.
  • Visit a local animal shelter or rescue organization today. National Rescue Dog Day is an opportunity to donate supplies, volunteer your time, or even find a new furry friend.

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