This Wednesday 26 August is National Dog Day and it was created to raise awareness of the number of dogs living with rescue agencies and to encourage people to adopt these dogs.
Now I know you all have dogs already and many of them are rescues so unless you are looking at getting a second (or third . . .) dog you might not be looking to adopt a new dog just yet. But don’t worry, there are still many things you can do to celebrate National Dog Day this year and just in case, I’ve got some suggestions for you!
Support your local dog rescue
We are very lucky here in WA to have several dog rescue agencies with no-kill policies. That means that unless the dog has a severe injury they will do their best to rehabilitate and rehome the animal. Most rescue agencies rely on donations from the public to operate and the money made from adoptions really only covers the basic medal treatment most dogs receive.
Ways you can support your local dog rescue or shelter:
- Donate money to help cover expenses and running costs (i.e. medical bills, food etc.)
- Donate your time – you know dogs love to go for walks and most shelters are happy for volunteers!
- Donate supplies – most shelters have a “wish list” of supplies that they need regularly and they are happy for people to drop them off.
- Become a foster carer.
It can be very stressful for dogs in a kennel environment and it can be difficult for them to be adopted if they are not coping in the kennels or if they develop anxiety while there. That’s where foster carers come in. Dogs that are not suited to being at the kennels or dogs who have been there a while are placed with a foster carer so they can spend time in a home and learn basic home appropriate behaviour. That way they are more likely to be adopted and settled with a new family.
Being a foster carer is a rewarding experience and you might even end up finding a new addition to your own family like we did.
For more information about how to sign up to be a foster carer contact your local shelter (I’ll also include a list at the end of this email).
Spoil your dog!
Another way to celebrate National Dog Day, is to spoil your own dog! Celebrate the special brand of joy that only a dog can bring into your life by showing your appreciation with one of the following activities:
- Go on an extra long walk,
- Take your dog to the beach!
- Play a spontaneous game of fetch or tug rope when they least expect it,
- Add a little home made gravy to their bowl of biscuits at dinner time,
- Use their dinner biscuits for a game of biscuit scramble instead of usign their bowl,
- Make your dog a DIY dog food toy (bottle toy or PVC pipe toy),
- Try out a new dog treat,
- Teach your dog a new trick! Spin anyone?
- Give your dog a massage,
- Get your dog a new toy,
- Have a snuggle on the couch,
- Take them for a ride in the car with you etc.
It doesn’t take much to make a dog happy, just a little bit of extra attention from you can go a long way.
I hope you and your dog have a wonderful National Dog Day.