There is nothing quite like the mutual affection, companionship, and love that dogs add to our lives. It is estimated that up to 80 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States, but that number can be misleading. The reality of millions of strays, overpopulation due to ill-advised breeding, and abandonment creates adverse conditions for many dogs. Shelters are full to capacity, and unfortunately, approximately 1.4 million dogs are euthanized annually. Although some are old, sick or injured, most are otherwise healthy animals, simply too much for the shelter to handle. It is a heartbreaking situation for all involved.
National Puppy Day was established in 2007, and organizers hope to garner attention for the plight of shelter puppies in need of rescue. The movement is adamantly against the concept of for-profit “puppy mills”, and instead urge that prospective pet parents go straight to the shelter to meet their new family member. Continue reading