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How to Observe National Make a Dog’s Day on October 22

According to the National Day Calendar, National Make a Dog’s Day is celebrated each year on October 22. What a fun day to celebrate and bring joy to our canine companions who wag their tails consistently each time we walk in the door!

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts (author, The Search)

Dogs are faithful. Dogs are playful. Dogs are the best of friends. The unconditional love and affection dogs freely give us inspire us to celebrate them (even more often than once a year).

You still have time today to plan something special for your own dog or to intentionally let other dogs know they’re special … just because.

Making a Dog’s Day By Adopting

Rather than giving a dog a bone, consider giving a dog a home. Visit a shelter and begin your life as a dog-person. And to take some pressure off, you can visit the shelter without intent on adopting that day (or ever). Shelters often welcome visitors to bring new chew toys or to take dogs on short walks. Check your local shelter’s website for a list of needs and visiting details. The Humane Society of the United States is also looking for volunteers.

Adopting (rather than purchasing) a dog comes with delightful perks. Most shelters have adoption fees that include veterinary check-ups, shots, and wellness information.

“Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States annually, many being relinquished by their owners. Worse still, approximately 35% of the animals that enter shelters are euthanized. While numbers continue to decline, the need for adoption continues to be overwhelming. One sure way to make a dog’s day is giving them a new, loving home through adoption,” says

When you’re serious about adoption, you have multiple resources available. Visit your local Humane Society or browse a number of online adoption services. Many of the online services provide adoption for pets other than dogs as well.

  • Adopt a Pet: North America’s largest nonprofit pet adoption website. Search for dogs, cats, and shelters in your area.
  • Petfinder: Celebrating more than 20 years of pet adoption. Explore a list of available dogs and research tips about dog care.
  • Rescue Me: A nationwide database of dogs (and other animals) available for adoption. You can browse by dog breed and by location.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”