Every year May 20 is marked as National Rescue Dog Day. It was started by an organisation called by Tails That Teach which is working in development of kindness, compassion and empathy among everyone. The day has been marked since the year 2009. It essentially aims at raising awareness about the rescued dogs in shelters that are waiting for a forever home. It is a day promoting animal adoption and also talks about the problems faced by these rescued canines. On this National Rescue Day 2019, let us know more about the history and significance of this day. Pet Dog Wakes Up Families in Time to Save Them From Devastating Fire, Dies in Cylinder Blast.
History and Significance of National Rescue Day
This day was inspired by a dog called Cooper who was rescued in the year 2009. Cooper eventually became a character in the book series of Tails That Teach. It teaches children to be kind and gentle towards their pets so they grow up to be compassionate and responsible towards all animals. California Man Risks Life To Saves His Dog Trapped Inside Burning House; Dramatic Fire Rescue Video Goes Viral.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. These dogs are looking for owners who will take good care of them. Rescue dogs are the ones who have sometimes come from extreme conditions. They need love and care, and also provide comfort, security and friendship as family pets. If they are trained well, they can help in providing comfort to patients and those with disabilities as service animals. Those who own dogs as pets already know the comfort and company they get into the house. Dogs shower their people with much love and no wonder they become best friends with them.
As per Tails That Teach, as emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness. Thus, the main aim of marking this day is also to encourage people to adopt the rescued dogs rather than buying dogs of a specific breed.