National Puppy Day is a day to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies (and grown pups) provide as companions.
It's also a day to educate the public of the need to adopt shelter dogs rather than shop for puppies at pet stores that get their animals from puppy mills.
Cher is a Boxer Chihuahua mix available for adoption in Staten Island, NY
Puppy mills are breeding organizations that view dogs simply as an income opportunity and do not take the well being of these animals into consideration. Imagine spending your whole life in a cage in unsanitary conditions, your paws damaged from living on wires. This is the life of a puppy mill mother.
Juliet is a former puppy mill mother available for adoption from the National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado
62. That was me, that was my name before I came to rescue. Now I have a beautiful name, Juliet. Female Italian Greyhound born 10/20/2006. My foster family says that I am such a sweet soul, but I definitely have been "shut down" in order to cope with survival in captivity. I am still very skittish to this day and will flee if given the opportunity at a moments notice. I initially was so afraid that it appeared that I had no interest in discovering the world outside a small cage. My eyes seemed to be half closed and I would trip over many things as if I were afraid to really look at the world around me.
Good news to report, I have shifted my focus to discovering the world and all of the things about living in a home environment. I will even make eye contact now with my foster Mom and take treats from her hand. She has been very patient with me and allowed me to come to her in my own time when I felt secure enough to do so. Learn more about Juliet's story here.
Puppies born in this squalor are also often sick. Therfore, buying a puppy from a pet store is risky from a vet bill standpoint and also continues to support the puppy mill industry.
Sweet Tart is a terrier mix available for adoption in the Los Angeles, CA area
There are several ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday:
Sydny is a Golden Retriever available for adoption in Colorado Springs, CO
How will you celebrate National Puppy Day?