May 20 marks National Rescue Dog Day! Lisa Wiehebrink, the founder of the non-profit organization Tails That Teach, established the annual event in 2018. While speaking to KTLA on May 17, Wiehebrink explained that she started the holiday “to simply break down the stigmas of rescue dogs.” She revealed that she wanted to encourage those interested in adding a furry friend to their family to adopt from a local rescue or shelter.
She then stated that “the best way” to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day “is to post a picture of [your] rescue dog” on social media. In your post, make sure you list off all your dog’s incredible traits and tell your followers why you couldn’t imagine your life without them. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #nationalrescuedogday!
“We thought by just promoting [rescue dogs], showing pictures, and creating a buzz and excitement about the dogs that have been rescued and sharing stories that that may elevate that opportunity to be adopted,” explained Wiehebrink.
Also, if you have been thinking about adopting a dog, there’s no better day than National Rescue Dog Day to do so. In honor of the holiday, head over to your local shelter to meet your new BFF. For those who are unable to adopt, you can either become a foster pup parent or volunteer as a dog walker at a rescue. Either way, you are helping shelter dogs get socialized, which can increase their chances of eventually getting adopted.
How are you planning on celebrating this pawsome holiday? Let us know in the comments below.