Do you think about rescueing a dog?
Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue is a win-win, for you and the pet. Happiness you both go through is life changing. You saved your new baby and he or she saved you. That’s what we have heard from our friends and customers when they adopted one.
Shelter dog facts
Below are some facts that we believe will highlight the importance of people observing this holiday and make room for a shelter pet in their home.
There are 3.3-million dogs and 3.2-million cats currently placed into U.S shelters every year.
Every year, over 670,000 dogs are euthanized.
Each year, only 1.6 million dogs are adopted every year. That’s under half the number of dogs that end up in shelters each year.
There are an estimated 90 million dogs owned in the U.S. in 2022
Perceived pet problems account for 47% of the dogs that end up having to find a new home.
The cost of buying a breeder versus adopting from a shelter
If all of the above facts won’t convince a person to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day and bring home a new member of the family, maybe the following sentences will. Adopting from a shelter can be a lot cheaper than buying a dog from a breeder. While animal shelters usually don’t charge more than $200, sometimes far less than that even, breeders can charge hundreds or mostly even thousands of dollars for a dog. That makes adopting an abandoned dog from a shelter more fiscally responsible than buying a dog from a breeder. And with millions of dogs awaiting adoption, people have a ton of different types of dogs to choose from.
Why observe the National Rescue Dog Day
This holiday is one that every person who is capable of observing it should observe it. There are millions of dogs that are in urgent need of a home and face the possibility of being euthanized. People can solve this problem by observing National Rescue Dog Day and adopting a new furry family member. For those people who can’t celebrate this holiday, they can support this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalRescueDogDay on their social media accounts to bring attention to the plight of millions of shelter dogs.
What's it all about?
NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY is proudly observed annually on MAY 20. There are countless ways to make a difference on this day and everyday! Scroll to the bottom of this page for some fantastic ideas!
National Rescue Dog Day was founded by Lisa Wiehebrink of Tails That Teach 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. The day was inspired by Cooper who was rescued in 2009 and now the main character in the Tails That Teach book series that teach children how to be and kind and gentle to their pets.
Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. But, rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.
Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.
They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained for search and rescue missions. The possibilities are endless!
What to get ready to when adopting a dog?
First of all, all dogs in shelters are different, we call them unique. Their personalities, age, experiences with people and other dogs and the bad things they went through - they all differ. You have to have this in mind and consider if you will be able to handle such difficulties. Maybe even ask an experienced trainer to help you. On the other hand, such dogs will be amazing furever friends with the biggest heart and gratitude.
We have also decided to support a shelter called Dog Point located in Czechia that helps big amounts of abandoned dogs. You can see what they do at www.dog-point.cz. With every purchase at our website you are donating to dogs and getting a free HUNTER hat.
When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It’s hard to imagine a more loving, worthy companion.
The best reward is: