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National Rescue Dog Day

Show your love for our furry friends this National Rescue Dog Day - adopt, donate, or volunteer with a local rescue organization today!
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Celebrate the amazing bond between humans and their canine friends on National Rescue Dog Day, May 20! This special day was created to recognize the incredible impact rescue dogs have in our lives. Not only do they provide us with unconditional love and companionship, but also help bring about healing for those who have experienced trauma or loss. We owe so much to these brave souls and this is a great opportunity to show them some extra appreciation!

History of National Rescue Dog Day

National Rescue Dog Day Timeline

<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'>First Animal Welfare Society</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was established as the first humane society in North America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1877</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of American Humane</div><div class='timeline-text'>American Humane was founded to ensure the welfare, wellness, and well-being of children and animals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1944</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Guide Dogs for the Blind</div><div class='timeline-text'>Guide Dogs for the Blind was established to provide guide dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people.</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'>Introduction of Humane Rescue Alliance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Humane Rescue Alliance started its operation to protect animals, support families, and advocate for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1973</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Start of National Volunteer Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Volunteer Week was established, encouraging people to help in local shelters and rescue organizations, forever contributing to dog rescue efforts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of National Rescue Dog Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Rescue Dog Day was officially observed for the first time on May 20, 2018, aiming to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Rescue Dog 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 Rescue Dog</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit your local animal shelter and adopt a rescue dog. You'll be giving a loving home to an animal in need and supporting an important cause.</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 Shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to help care for the animals. Spend some time walking dogs, playing with cats, or cleaning up the kennel.</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 to an Animal Rescue Organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donations are essential for animal rescue organizations that rely on donations to continue their work. Visit an animal rescue organization's website or send them a check.</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'>Share Your Rescue Story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you have already adopted a rescue dog, share your story! Post your story on social media or write about it in a blog post to show support for National Rescue Dog Day.</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'>Organize a Fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizing a fundraiser is a great way to raise funds and awareness for animal rescue organizations. Consider hosting a bake sale, car wash, or pet adoption event.</p></div></div>

Why National Rescue Dog Day is Important

<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'>Rescue dogs add love to our lives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Rescuing a dog can bring lots of joy and love into your home. Whether you adopt an older pup or give a second chance to a puppy, you are making the world a better place by allowing these animals to live in safety and comfort. Rescue dogs also show us that all life is valuable - no matter what their past has been like.</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'>Rescue dogs help reduce overcrowding at shelters & rescues</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By adopting rescue dogs, you are helping to reduce overcrowding at animal shelters and rescues. This allows more room for other animals that need homes, and ensures that each pet receives the individual attention they deserve.</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'>Rescue dogs help spread awareness about animal abuse & neglect</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Adopting a rescue dog helps spread awareness about animal abuse and neglect, which in turn encourages people to do whatever they can to prevent it from happening. This could mean volunteering for an animal shelter or donating money so stray animals have somewhere safe to stay.</p></div></div>

5 Unleashed Facts on National Rescue Dog Day

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When is National Rescue Dog Day?

National Rescue Dog Day is celebrated on May 20 every year. In 2024 National Rescue Dog Day will occur on a Monday.

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