August 26th is National Dog Day...Here Are Some Tips on How to Celebrate Your Best Friend and Help Dogs in Need

Alina Hauptman :

Dogs. They’re our exercise buddies, our travel partners, and quite often, our very best friends. 

While most dog parents don’t need an excuse to hang with their favorite four-legged companion, National Dog Day on August 26th provides yet another reason to really celebrate what makes that human-dog bond so very special.  

To get the day kick-started, Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips that any doggo personality will give you licks for:  

  • For the Beauty Hound: Give your dog a spa day at the groomer’s with a luxurious bath and blowout. 

  • For The Social Butterfly: Plan a play date at a local doggy day care or take a trip to a local dog park or dog-friendly beach. 

  • For the Adventure Seeker:  Head to a fun spot for a long walk such as the beach or a beautiful mountain trail. 

  • For the Sophisticate (AKA: Seniors):  Dine al fresco at a restaurant that offers canine-friendly cuisine. 

  • For the Gourmet Guys and Gals: Try making a barkcuterie board of all the tasty yet healthy things your dog will enjoy. 

  • For the Supermodel: Go beyond the usual selfie and book a professional photography session for pictures that you’ll treasure forever. 

And for dog lovers who want to make a difference for homeless dogs all over the country, Best Friends recommends the following:  

  • Adopt Don’t Shop: Consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue, especially a large breed. From huskies to shepherds, terriers to mutts, many shelters are over capacity with dogs over 40 pounds who are awaiting a second chance at a new life. 

  • Foster: Fostering is a great way to make a huge impact in a short amount of time. You provide the home and the love, while shelters and rescues provide the food, supplies, medical care, and anything else you need while the dog is in your care.  

  • Volunteer: Spend time at a local shelter or rescue to walk and socialize dogs. The more exercise and care a dog has during their shelter stay can often mean the difference in behaviors that will help him or her find a potential adopter.  

  • Donate: Give to your favorite animal welfare organization, which often features donation links or wish lists on their websites to highlight the most needed supplies. 

  • Re-share: Repost It. Share It. Tweet It. By spreading the word about a special dog in need on your social media channels you may help a dog find his/her home. Plus, you may inspire others to do it as well. 

 To learn more or find a shelter near you, visit  

About Best Friends Animal Society  

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to about 355,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,800 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit 

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society es la organiación líder en bienestar animal, que trabaja para lograr que para el año 2025 se haya puesto fin a la práctica de sacrificar perros y gatos en los albergues de los Estados Unidos. Fundada en 1984, Best Friends es una organiación pionera en el movimiento de prohibir que los animales sean sacrificados y ha ayudado a reducir el número de animales sacrificados en los albergues; este número rondba los 17 millones de animals sacrificados por año y se ha reducido a unos 355,000 en la actualidad.

Best Friends lleva a cabo progamas que salvan vidas en toda el país y tiene el santuario más grande del país, donde ningún animal es sacrificado. Trabajando en forma conjunta con una red de más de 3,600 socios dedicados a promover el bienestar animal y albergarios, y con miembros de la comunidad en todo el país, Best Friends está luchando por Salvarlos a Todos (Save Them All®). Para obtener más ínformacion, visita la página

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