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August 1st Is DOGust Day – The Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

August 1, 2023

Every pet owner knows the joy and companionship that dogs bring into our lives. They are loyal, loving, and often considered members of our families. While we may not always know the exact birthday of our shelter dogs, DOGust Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate these four-legged friends and all they bring to our lives.

Read on as a local vet talks about DoGust Day, how it’s celebrated, and why shelter dog adoptions are important.

What is DOGust Day?

DOGust Day originated from North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. It is celebrated on the 1st of August each year and serves as a universal birthday for shelter dogs whose actual birth dates are unknown. The name DOGust is a play on words, combining “dog” and “August,” signifying the collective birthday celebration for shelter dogs.

The Significance of DOGust Day

DOGust Day holds significant meaning for shelter dogs and their caretakers. As many dogs enter shelters as strays or are surrendered by their owners, their exact age and birthdate can often be a mystery. The absence of a known birthdate can sometimes hinder their adoption. DOGust Day provides a symbolic birthday, allowing shelters to celebrate the wonderful qualities that shelter dogs possess, regardless of their unknown pasts.

Celebrations and Activities

DOGust Day is celebrated in various ways across the country. Shelters and rescue organizations often hold special events, adoption drives, and parties on this day to create awareness about the beauty of adopting shelter dogs. 

Pet owners can also join the celebration by treating their furry friends to special activities, such as dog-friendly outings, new toys, or homemade treats. Sharing photos and stories of shelter dogs on social media with the hashtag #DOGustDay can help spread the word and promote the adoption of shelter dogs.

Recognizing the Importance of Adoption

DOGust Day serves as a reminder of the countless lovable dogs waiting for their forever homes in shelters. By celebrating DOGust, we raise awareness about adoption and encourage others to consider giving a shelter dog a second chance at happiness. The day also highlights the tireless efforts of shelter staff and volunteers who work relentlessly to care for and find homes for these deserving animals.

If you have more questions or need information on how to adopt a shelter dog, please don’t hesitate to call us, your local vet, anytime!

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