National Rescue Dog Day is on May 20th. If there's only one takeaway from this entire page, we want you to know that today is a celebration of empathy. In the world we're living in today, being empathetic towards animals and one another is a much-needed and timeless quality that our society can definitely use more of.
To celebrate and raise awareness on the topic of animal abandonments, we've collaborated with Skid Rover, a program of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles that provides collars, leashes, and dog food to people with pets living in Skid Row.
Learn more about Lisa Wiehabrink in an interview she did with KTLA here.
1. Post a story and picture of your rescue dog using #NationalRescueDogDay.
Share a few words on how your rescue has changed your life and inspire others to do the same.
2. Consider adopting.
Thinking about getting a pet? No doubt that it's one of the most unique and special experiences you'll ever have. Visit your local shelter and help an animal in need.
3. Volunteer, foster, or donate to your local shelter.
It's a huge responsibility to adopt a dog. If you're not ready for it, you can still help by doing the above.
4. Follow Tails that Teach @tailsthatteach
Lisa Wiehebrink is the founder of National Rescue Dog Day and the director of Tails that Teach. Tails that Teach is an organization that helps children learn the kind and proper treatment of their pets.
Why Should You Care?
The statistics aren't pretty, but there's hope. Hopefully the info below encourages you to take action and raise awareness on this topic.
6. Pets end up in shelters due to problematic behavior, physical size being larger than expected, and their owners can't handle the health problems are the top reasons for pet relinquishment according to ASPCA.