People across nation
will celebrate Monday's designated day by animal advocate Colleen Paige to honor all
those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.
Not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.
Paige, author, pet
behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert"
founded the Animal Miracle
Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity,
in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National
Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige said. "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.
In celebration of National
Dog Day, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint in East Atlanta’s Edgewood Retail
Shopping District is hosting a fundraiser for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.
You and your dog are invited to have dinner on the patio from 5-10 p.m.,
where there will be treats made locally by Sweet Pups Dog Bakery and other fun
Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to help them continue to rescue dogs and cats from high-kill shelters and find them safe, loving homes. Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is located at 1220 Caroline St. NE Suite A-100.
What will you do to celebrate man's best friend? One way to celebrate your dog is by uploading a photo to this gallery.
Here are some local dog-loving organizations.