Did you know May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day? Adopting a rescue or shelter dog may save a life. Millions of dogs (and cats) enter overflowing shelters each year. Every size, breed, color, and age is available to adopt. Rescuing one shelter dog may result in a lifetime of companionship.
5 Ways to Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day
Are you wondering how you can help a rescue dog? Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day by doing one of the following options.
Do you have room in your home for another dog? Check out the available dogs at your local shelter, rescue organization, or adoption event in your area. Do not be afraid to ask questions. The more you know about your potential new four-legged friend, the better chance of a long-lasting fit.
- Do you have any background information about the dog?
- Does the dog have any known medical conditions?
- Do you know the approximate age of the dog?
- Is the dog good with cats, other dogs or children?
- Do you know the breed?
Each question will help determine if the dog is the right fit for your family or lifestyle.
If you are not ready to make a commitment to dog ownership, consider fostering one. Many rescue centers allow for short-term or weekend foster placement. The process helps get dogs into home situations for further training and socialization.
If you are unable to fit a rescue dog into your life or uncertain about the right dog for you, volunteer your time. Many rescue organizations need people to walk dogs, clean kennels, and other activities. Spending time with different dogs is a great way to find the perfect fit for you.
Rescue organization runs on donated funds. If you cannot adopt or volunteer, donate to your local rescue. Many organizations have a donation list of needed items including:
- Dry dog food
- Canned dog food
- Chew toys
- Dog treats
- Dog beds
- Paper towels
- Handy wipes
And, of course, every dog rescue accepts a monetary donation.
Spread the Word
Little things often yield big results. Use your social media to help rescue dogs. Find and follow a local rescue center’s page. A simple and quick way to contribute is sharing a post from the rescue center of available dogs. The dog’s new owner may just be a click away.