National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author Colleen Paige.
Ms Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. It has grown to be an international holiday and has trended worldwide on twitter many times. Colleen Paige has devoted her life to creating special days of recognition that improve the lives of animals and people. For more info, please visit www.colleenpaige.com
The mission of National Puppy Day is to tell the world the importance of adopting homeless puppies from shelters and rescue groups.
More puppies every year are put to death because no one wants to give them a home. The reason for more deaths is due to the puppy mills and breeders who over saturate the market with puppies. The majority of the time, these puppy mill dogs are physically sick and have been abused due to lack of proper medical care, inbreeding and being left in small cages with a lack of nutritious foods. I understand people wanting to make a living but not by mistreatment of animals. I know I am going to get some nasty emails from breeders about how well they take care of their puppies. Good for them but it doesn't erase the fact that hundreds of thousands of dogs die every year because there are not enough people able to provide homes for all the animals being born through puppy mills and by pet owners who do not get their animal spayed or neutered. We can point fingers to other groups that are not part of the solution for stopping the killing of animals. Go to www.Bestfriends.org and join with them to have Los Angeles Shelters be "No Kill."
What you can do in honor of National Puppy Day:
1. Adopt a puppy. If you don't have the energy or time commitment for a puppy, adopt an older dog. Personally, I love more mature dogs who are homeless who really appreciate finally having a loving home after their rough life on the streets. You can make such a difference in their lives.
2. Picket a local pet store that insists on selling puppies whether they are from puppy mills or other sources.
3. Puppy proof your home. Many dangers lie in a home just like there for children.
4. Install a car safety harness for your furbaby.
Check out www.nationalpuppyday.com They have a great list of ways to celebrate the many benefits of having a dog.