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donniemdonniem Posts: 5,552 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

Here's a National Day that hits home for me, personally.


On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.

No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You will find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.

Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles. And yet, they provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. Rescue dogs are also capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.

Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits, too. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.

They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations or help to investigate the cause of a fire.

When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It is hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion. It’s time to give them a treat!

HOW TO OBSERVE National Rescue Dog Day

Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs. There are a variety of ways to share puppy love.

  • Volunteer at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
  • Shelters always need donations. Financial donations are always welcome. Most shelters have a list of constant needs, such as blankets, bleach, toys, treats, and leashes.
  • If there is room in your life for a rescue dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.
  • Consider fostering. Many dogs abandoned in shelters require some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
  • Remember to spay and neuter your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.

Any Dawg fans out there with rescue dogs? Bless you.


  • pocoyopocoyo Posts: 2,565 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Don't remember ever having a dog that wasn't a rescue dog.

  • dawgnmsdawgnms Posts: 5,160 mod

    Lexie rescued at 8 weeks old. Now 3 years old. Big baby

  • Razor2027Razor2027 Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    All 6 of mine are rescue plus the almost 300 fosters who have traveled through our home over the past 5 years to a better and happier life.

  • Razor2027Razor2027 Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @donniem thank you for posting this important information. The more it gets out and circulated, the better chance these dogs have at life/a better life.

  • DawgBonesDawgBones Posts: 2,181 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    God bless you Razor. My wife and I have fostered quite a few but nothing close to 300. It is truly a labor of love and a fairly thankless one at that. Only we will know the satisfaction it brings when a foster gets a forever home. We're down to two old dogs and in the future will probably only take in senior dogs. They are the ones that are usually last to go in the shelters and need the human touch more than any others.

  • Razor2027Razor2027 Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @DawgBones you and your wife as well. You are exactly right. Only when you have been down that road do you understand. And thank you so much for taking in the seniors. They are special and truly deserve to be loved in their golden years.

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