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National Make a Dog’s Day

Celebrate National Make a Dog's Day by adopting, fostering, or donating to your local shelter - give a pup the forever home they deserve!
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Get ready to celebrate National Make a Dog's Day on Oct. 22! This special day was created to honor the incredible bond between humans and their canine companions, which dates back centuries. It is meant to be enjoyed by dog owners around the world who want to show their appreciation for all that our furry friends do for us each day. Whether you make your pup a homemade treat or just spend some extra time snuggling, this is one holiday everyone can enjoy!

History of National Make a Dog’s Day

National Make a Dog’s Day Dates

National Make a Dog’s Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Dog Ownership</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 1800s, dog ownership became more common among households, signifying the establishment of the human-canine bond.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1866</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of ASPCA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded, focusing on the humane treatment and care of pets.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1954</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Dog Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Dog Week was established in the United States to celebrate dogs and promote responsible dog ownership.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Dog Day Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Dog Day was celebrated on August 26 to honor all breeds and sizes of dogs, and to encourage adoption.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of WWE Pet Foundation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) launched a pet foundation aimed at bringing about awareness and solutions for the well-being of pets that are at risk in America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Make a Dog's Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Subaru of America declared October 22 as National Make a Dog's Day, a day to celebrate dogs of all breeds and encourage adoption, especially for shelter dogs with special needs.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Make a Dog’s Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a dog</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>No better way to celebrate National Make a Dog's Day than by adopting a new four-legged friend. Visit your local animal shelter or rescue group and look for the perfect companion.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at an animal rescue</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you can't adopt, consider volunteering at an animal rescue or shelter. From walking dogs, to helping with laundry, to administrative tasks, there are plenty of ways to help out.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate supplies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Animal shelters and rescue groups are always in need of supplies like food, toys, blankets, and other items. Consider donating items that will help keep the homeless animals comfortable.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and plan a fundraising event for your local animal shelter or rescue. Host a bake sale, car wash, 5K run/walk, or any other creative event that will raise money for the cause.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Help spread the word about homeless animals in need of homes by talking to friends and family about animal welfare issues and sharing stories on social media.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Make a Dog’s Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun way to show your pup some love</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Sometimes our furry friends just need an extra special treat to show them they're appreciated. On National Make a Dog's Day, you can do just that by planning an activity specifically tailored to their needs. Whether it's taking them for a walk on the beach, throwing them a birthday party or treating them to some new toys - your pup will be sure to enjoy the attention!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes bonding time between people and pups</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Spending quality time with your fur baby is not only beneficial for them, but for you as well! Fostering a strong connection between the two of you can help increase trust and understanding, while reducing anxiety and depression. Setting aside a few hours (or even minutes!) of your day to give your pup some extra TLC is always worth it!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps contribute to pet adoption initiatives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Instead of buying from breeders, consider saving a homeless pup instead! Many animal shelters are overflowing with lovable dogs just waiting to start over. Celebrating National Make A Dog's Day by participating in local adoption drives and fundraisers can make a big difference in the lives of these neglected pets. So why not lend a helping hand and spread the word about how rewarding it is to adopt a dog in need?</p></div></div>

5 Tail-Wagging Facts for Make a Dog's Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dogs Can Smell Your Feelings</h3><p class='facts-content'>Dogs have an incredible sense of smell that allows them to pick up on human emotions. They can smell fear and anxiety, which means they often know if you're upset even before you do!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dogs Dream Just Like Humans</h3><p class='facts-content'>Scientists have found that dogs have similar sleep pattern and brain activity as humans when they sleep, suggesting they probably dream much like we do.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dogs Have Unique Nose Prints</h3><p class='facts-content'>Just like human fingerprints, the ridges and patterns of a dog's nose are unique to them. This means a dog could, in theory, be identified by their nose print.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dogs' Eyesight is Not Just Black and White</h3><p class='facts-content'>It's a common myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, they see colors, just not as many as humans. Their color spectrum is similar to a human with red-green color blindness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dogs Can Be Trained to Detect Disease</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some dogs have been trained to sniff out diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Their remarkable noses can pick up changes in the human body, making them a potentially powerful tool in early disease detection.</p></div></div>

National Make a Dog’s Day FAQs

When is National Make a Dog’s Day?

National Make a Dog’s Day is celebrated on October 22 every year. In 2024, National Make a Dog’s Day will fall on a Tuesday.

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