National Make A Dog's Day on October 22nd provides an opportunity to give all dogs the best day of their lives.
The day not only encourages visits to shelters, but it is also a reminder to animal lovers everywhere to adopt instead of shop for a new pet.
Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States annually, many being relinquished by their owners.
Worse still, approximately 35% of the animals that enter shelters are euthanized. While numbers continue to decline, the need for adoption continues to be overwhelming.
One sure way to make a dog's day is giving them a new, loving home through adoption.
IF A DOG COULD TALK
Of course, adoption is just one way to make a dog's day. If your favorite canine companion could talk, they might tell us going for an extra-long walk would make their day.
When was the last time you visited the dog park? Of course, a new chew toy might top their list. Sometimes, they just want to play.
Throw the ball already! Another thing that tops the list of fur babies everywhere - don't stop scratching that itch.
While those ideas probably come to mind with ease, some other ideas are just as important.
Regular check-ups. Check with your veterinarian for the schedule that fits your dog.
Vaccinations. Different schedules apply depending on where you live.
Spay or neuter your pet. Beyond the health benefits, unplanned puppies cause the population in shelters to increase.