It’s a sad fact that many of the dogs who wind up in shelters can’t be registered for official birthdays. Oh, shelter workers can estimate their age, but they can never know for sure. How would you enjoy it if you couldn’t celebrate the date of your birth? When these dogs are adopted, their new family might give them a random date–such as the adoption day itself–as a birthday.
Or you could celebrate DOGust 1st, the Universal Birthday for shelter dogs!
That makes it easy enough, don’t you think? DOGust 1st was founded by the North Shore Animal League America. This “birthday” applies to shelter and all other rescue dogs who don’t have an official record in place.
Beth Ostrosky, an Animal League spokesperson, had this to say at the holiday’s found: “A birthday celebration is an opportunity to express our sentiments for one another. These wonderful animals, many still waiting patiently in shelters for their adopters, are so full of life and love, and live to please us. Now we have a day set aside to honor them and return the unconditional love and adoration they give us, day after day. These sweet animals crave our affection and company, so we can imagine the warm feelings they will experience from all the extra attention on their special day, DOGust the First.”
DOGust 1st is also the perfect opportunity to promote the actual adoption of shelter dogs (and other animals) in order to keep their lives happy, healthy, and fulfilled. By celebrating your rescue dog’s birthday, you can spread the word to friends and family, encouraging them to seek out other pets who are waiting for new homes. You can also raise awareness about pet adoption services and shelters in general, praising them for all the incredible work they do in rescuing and caring for animals across the country and the world.
How will you celebrate DOGust 1st? Does your pet have an official birthday, or will it join many others for this unique holiday?
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