International Dog Day~ August 26th

National Dog Day, because you know it seems they have a national day for most things! And what a great excuse to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue.

National Dog Day was founded in 2002 and is celebrated on August 26th each year. It was founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and animal advocate, Colleen Paige. The date is significate because it’s the date that Colleen’s family adopted her first dog “Sheltie” when Colleen was just 10 years old.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Their mission is to help the public realize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. They are against any kind of breed band. They discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. They encourage you to instead choose adoption first.

They ask that even those who aren’t dog lovers please consider donating $5 to the local animal shelter or rescue in honor or National Dog Day. And we have plenty of those in the Panhandle. Partners For Pets is in Marianna and is a no kill shelter in desperate need of donations, They are currently raising funds to get a new place built due to extensive damage from Hurricane Michael and also the amount of dogs/cats that have been dropped off to be cared for. They are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. They except monetary donations and also in need of cleaning supplies and pet food all the time.