It's National Puppy Day–Here Are 3 Meaningful Ways You Can Celebrate

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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It’s not like we needed a dedicated National Puppy Day to share some love for these tiny, cute bundles of fur, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have an official day to celebrate all things puppies! Founded in 2006, March 23rd, by an animal rescuer and pet lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige, this holiday is, however, not just about gushing over adorable puppies of all shapes and sizes. Its main goal is to raise awareness about the horrors of the puppy mill industry and get a single message loud across – adopt, don’t shop. 

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According to the Humane Society, the estimated number of puppies sold annually who originated from puppy mills is around 3.3 million puppies – a staggering number. Having in mind that puppies that hail from these horrifying places are often sick and abused, any number is too great, but those in the millions definitely give cause for alarm to any pet lover. This is why it’s essential to instill the importance of making educated and humane choices when wanting to introduce a new pet to the family – and what better day to do that than National Puppy Day, a one day a year that’s solely about adopting puppies and giving these fur babies a second chance at a happy life?

Related: 10 Signs Your Dog is From a Puppy Mill

Even though this holiday had its start in the US, it is observed all over the world, mainly on social media with the hashtag to help spread the word and drive home the message that adoption should be the primary choice of any dog lover. But is logging onto social media and sharing a cute puppy post all you can for National Puppy Day? If you are able and willing, there are more meaningful ways to celebrate this pooch-inspired holiday – here are the 3 best ones. 

#1 Donate to a Local Shelter

It doesn’t have to be a big chunk of your budget to matter – even the most modest of donations can immensely help shelters and rescues continue with all the good work they do. Even better, you can use your social media platform to motivate your friends and family to donate too! 

#2 Volunteer or Foster

You might not be able to offer financial help, but sometimes, it’s your time and effort that could be even more valuable. Shelters and dog rescue organizations are always in need of volunteers and/or foster families to help lighten the load, improve the quality of life for the dogs in their care, and help get them to their final goal – finding a forever home for their wards.

#3 Open Your Heart and Home to a Rescue Puppy

The best thing you can do, not just on National Puppy Day, but any other day of the week is to make sure that the message of the holiday lives on by adopting instead of buying a dog. An estimated 1.5 million cats and dogs get euthanized in shelters across the US each year, and even in no-kill shelters, some four-legged angels wait for months, if not years to find a home. Why not get a best friend for life and save a life in the process?

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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