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Posted by Vicky Rotunno on March 6, 2017 | Last Updated: December 28, 2022 Uncategorized

Rescue Owners Honored on National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day was established ten years ago by animal activist Colleen Paige. Her goal was to shine a light on the issues of overpopulation and mass euthanizations of animals while encouraging people to adopt their new furry family members from shelters instead of for-profit breeders. The day celebrates all the unconditional love and happiness that puppies bring to our lives, while also commending those who work tirelessly to help to give animals a second chance at life.

Did You Know? Four million dogs are surrendered to shelters annually, and while one-third of them will be adopted, another third – approximately 1.7 million animals – will be euthanized. Many puppies are born into shelters, and National Puppy Day seeks to redirect prospective pet parents to these shelters instead of commercial outlets when looking for a new pet.

National Puppy Day

Those who work with rescue animals attest to the fact that these animals are some of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Although there is a common perception that these animals have behavior problems which led to their surrender, the statistics do not support that belief. In fact, over 90% of animals are surrendered because their owners could no longer care for them, moved someplace that wouldn’t allow animals, or no longer wanted a pet. Dogs are very loyal creatures, and so when they are left at a strange place without the people they love, they can become very sad and confused.¬†Some animals come to the shelter neglected and abused, and the this is where caring rescue workers and foster families come in. This compassionate group goes to great lengths to show the dog attention and love, and when these dogs are put up for adoption, they tend to make wonderful additions to the family.

National Puppy DayFact: Puppies born in shelters have much higher adoption rates than older dogs. If you are moved to adopt a puppy from a local Hollywood rescue shelter, perhaps consider giving a forever home to an older dog who has less chance of finding the love of a family.

If you love animals or have adopted a shelter animal, tell the volunteers and workers how much you appreciate them, with a floral design from Al’s Florist. For all of life’s celebrations and occasions, we have the s, plants and gifts you need.