Leslie The Pet Nurse

DOGust 1st, The Universal Shelter Dog Birthday

Celebrating DOGust 1st

Pet parents who adopted through an animal shelter don’t often know the actual birthday of their beloved pet.  Got-ya days are popular but did you know there is a universal birthday for shelter dogs?  August 1st or Dogust 1st was created by the North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization based in Port Washington, NY.

I have a rescue and a shelter dog.  Stella Luna came from a wonderful no-kill shelter, Unleashed Pet Rescue & Adoption Shelter,  that on a daily basis amazes me with not only the sheer number of pets that come into this organization but the compassion they model for the community.  Our newest Pug, Biggie Molls, came to us as a foster fail from Angels Left Behind. That’s what rescues and shelters do, make a difference in the community and live and help pets get to their forever family.

Celebrating Dogust 1st doesn’t have to be all fluff and no stuff. There are many things you can do to celebrate your pet.

Share Your Story

Everyone loves a good pet story.  Share particularly precious picture of your pet with where they were adopted and how that rescue has become part of your family. Shelters that are social media savvy may ask to use your story.  You may inadvertently connect someone you didn’t know was looking for a pet with a shelter.  Shelters that are socially savvy will appreciate your thanks via your social circles as well.

Have a Pet Party

Pupcakes for everyone!

Does your pup have a few neighborhood friends? Provide some pet appropriate food treats, party hats, and of course pictures to document your pets Day.  Don’t forget to have lots of shade, water, and poop bags.

Volunteer with Your Shelter

Give back. Every shelter has a list of needs such as: food, bedding, enrichment toys, cleaning supplies, volunteer time. Check their list before you purchase something to ensure you get exactly what they need.

Advocate Adoption

By celebrating your rescue dog’s birthday, you can spread the word to your circle of friends, encouraging them to adopt don’t shop. help them find pets who are waiting for forever homes. Don’t forget to tag the shelter you acquired your pet.  This gives friends the opportunity to look directly at animals that are available for adoption.  If they aren’t ready to adopt maybe they would choose to donate time, supplies, or financial support to an organization that brought you together with your family member.

So, if your dog is a rescue pet, we wish him or her a very Happy Birthday!


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