Shelter dogs are often misunderstood. They even sometimes get an unfair, bad rap and face the reality of being euthanized. I want to share another side of the story.
Adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter can be a super rewarding experience. There are hundreds of different mix breeds to choose from to add to your family. You can even find many pure breed dogs in shelters as well. If you are not up for visiting a shelter, the good news is there are other avenues. You can research specific rescues for the breeds you are interesting in adopting.
As a lifelong dog-lover and inspired by my four rescue pups, I founded National Rescue Dog Day in 2018 to not only celebrate the success stories, but to also shine light on the many four-legged friends in shelters who deserve a loving home. My hope is this day will help break down stigmas of shelter dogs and encourage people to adopt, not shop.
Last year, over 50,000 people posted a picture of their rescue dog on social media which undoubtedly persuaded others to consider adoption. It also spurred shelter adoption events like, “bring your rescue dog to work” day, special store sales that benefitted local shelters, national media coverage, contests, food drives, blanket drives, and even a “Hot-Diggity Dog” luncheon at a midwestern senior community.
Seeing the direct result of animal loving people like you sharing and getting creative, it inspired me to write my newly released book, Paws n’ Reflect: Life Lessons Learned from Man’s Best Friend.
You can read about life lessons and anecdotes that I paired with heart-warming photos of rescue dogs. 100% of the proceeds benefit animal-based organizations.
Now it is your chance to share! National Rescue Dog Day is set for May 20, 2020! This is a day to celebrate and honor the rescue dog in your life as well as bring awareness to the importance of pet adoption.
Please help us celebrate and bring awareness by posting a photo and story of your rescue pup @nationalrescuedogday on Instagram and #nationalrescuedogday.
Together, we can make a difference!
Check out our daily posting for ideas here at the National Rescue Dog Day Instagram page. You will find stories on transport pilots, a senior dog rescue organization, volunteer photographers, and even a well-known country music artist who visits local shelters in each town he performs to showcase the dogs in need.
For more information on National Rescue Dog Day and Lisa’s books, visit www.tailsthatteach.org.