The country is going to the dogs -- at least for one day -- because it is National Dog Day, an annual celebration honoring all the special dogs out there, from family pets to military dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs.
Colleen Paige and the other founders of National Dog Day are against breed bans and strongly encourage dog adoption, either from shelters or rescue organizations.
"Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man," Paige said.
Other than adopting a lovable mutt, dog owners and dog lovers can mark National Dog Day by volunteering, donating goods or money, writing letters to legislators about banning puppy mills, and by showering love and a few toys on their furry friends.
Dog owners can celebrate online by posting photos of their pooches on their social media networks. #NationalDogDay and #InternationalDogDay are the hashtags.
Companies, celebrities and organizations across the world are getting in the spirit by celebrating all things dog Monday on social media.
Happy #NationalDogDay! pic.twitter.com/i9zeOSkCNg— Animal Planet (@AnimalPlanet) August 26, 2019
If it were up to us, every day would be @NationalDogDay but today, it actually is! 🐶🐕🐾 Happy #NationalDogDay!— AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) (@AVMAvets) August 26, 2019
Here are helpful tips from the AVMA if you're considering adding a dog to your family: https://t.co/rfZzA5gQ8R pic.twitter.com/wJNs1Gvxx8
Squad goals 🐶 #InternationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/lkim7F0CTr— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 26, 2019
Happy #InternationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/5zODV5AWq5— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 26, 2019
Looks like pup’s ready to ruff you up 🐶 Happy #NationalDogDay! pic.twitter.com/qlz0g5wbao— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 26, 2019
🐶🐾 This dog is over 10,000 years old – that’s 70,000 in dog years!— British Museum (@britishmuseum) August 26, 2019
This photo shows a piece of in-situ rock art from Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria. Thousands of rock paintings have been found in this region dating back up to 12,000 years https://t.co/VbvoeNIrkS #NationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/ewurvM4U2C
My dog is simply the best. #NationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/2fuuNLHq8U— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) August 26, 2019
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