Celebrate the 6th National Puppy Day this Friday!

March 23rd, 2012 marks the 6th anniversary of National Puppy Day, where dog-lovers across the country celebrate the boundless joy that puppies bring into our lives. It was founded to bring attention to the numerous puppy mills throughout the country and the damage they can cause to innocent dogs. Puppies in such mills often become ill and can also have a difficult time learning proper doggy social skills, leading them to be abandoned at shelters even after they’ve been bought from a pet store.

Thankfully, through the efforts of National Puppy Day and its sponsors, awareness is being raised about such inhumane conditions and treatments, and people are taking steps to help save puppies across the world through adoption and shelter donations.

This year’s official Puppy Day mascot is Collie (check out the happy video below, showing him bouncing around and enjoying life). Collie is actually in a shelter in Romania, and waiting for a home in the US. The Puppy Day association will ¬†actually cover all transportation costs to bring Collie to his new home whenever someone decides to adopt him. More info is available here.

The official National Puppy Day website also lists 50 things you can do to celebrate National Puppy Day. Here are just a few:

  • Have an ill or elderly neighbor with a puppy? Volunteer to help walk their dog so it gets the exercise it needs.
  • Hold a puppy party with all your friends and their dogs.
  • Treat your puppy to a fabulous new snack or meal.
  • Take ¬†your puppy on a walk to somewhere it has never been before.

Check out here for the whole list, and also visit the National Puppy Day website and Facebook page to get involved! Also, for those in Colorado, if you’re looking to adopt a puppy, here’s a recent list of the Top 10 Places to Adopt Puppies in Denver.

Does your family have a puppy or an older dog that remains a puppy at heart? Now’s your chance to show them off! Post a picture, video, or description of your pup on our Facebook page for the whole world to adore.

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