Each year on August 26, National Dog Day (NDD) is recognized around the world as a time to raise awareness for the adoption of dogs that are currently in shelters.
The party was started in 2004 by pet advocate Colleen Paige. August 26 is a significant date – when Colleen’s family adopted their first dog “Sheltie” from the local animal shelter.
A recent study from the University of Utrecht revealed that shelter dogs have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
“Dogs can experience chronic stress in environments that do not meet their needs, such as many kennel environments,” the study authors wrote. “Chronic stress can overwhelm the adaptability of animals and thus threaten their state of well-being.”
“Chronic stress can even cause long-term medical and behavioral problems. Therefore, to improve canine well-being, reliable and achievable non-invasive indicators of long-term stress levels must be assessed.
According to lead researcher Janneke Van der Laan, even if a shelter is organized in the best possible way, there are always stressors, such as crowds of other dogs and not being able to go out as often as usual. .
Fortunately, researchers found that when dogs were adopted into new homes, their cortisol and stress levels quickly returned to normal.
“National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed and purebreds. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and recognize the family dogs and dogs who work selflessly every day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort,” says NDD.
“Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from the wreckage, now they detect cancer and seizures – things that even humans can’t do.
National Dog Day is against laws that regulate or ban certain breeds of dogs. “Dogs shouldn’t have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they’ve been forced to endure at the hands of man,” says Colleen Paige.
If you would like to join the National Dog Day family and become a rescue partner, you can find more information here.
By Chrissy Sexon, Terre.com Personal editor