August 26 is National Dog Day: Tips for celebrating and helping dogs in need

From our friends at Best Friends

Dogs. They are our exercise companions, our travel partners and, in many cases, our best friends. And while most dog parents don’t need an excuse to hang out with their favorite four-legged friend, National Dog Day on August 26 offers another reason to really celebrate what makes that human-dog bond. so special.

To start the day, Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips that any dog ​​is sure to appreciate:

  • For the beauty dog: Treat your dog to a spa day at the groomer with a luxurious bath and blowout.
  • For The Social Butterfly: Schedule a play date at a local dog daycare center or take a trip to a local dog park or dog-friendly beach.
  • For the adventurer: Head somewhere fun for a long walk, like a beautiful mountain trail.
  • For the Sophisticated (AKA: Seniors): Dine al fresco at a restaurant that offers dog-friendly cuisine.
  • For the Gourmandise: Try making a bark board of all the tasty yet healthy things your dog will enjoy.
  • For the model: Go beyond the usual selfie and book a professional photography session for images you’ll cherish forever.

And for dog lovers who want to make a difference for homeless dogs nationwide, Best Friends recommends the following:

  • Adopt Do Not Shop: Consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or shelter, especially a large breed. From huskies to shepherds, terriers to pooches, many shelters are at capacity with dogs over 40 pounds waiting for a second chance at a new life.
  • Foster: Foster care is a great way to have a big impact in a short time. You provide home and love, while shelters and shelters provide food, supplies, medical care, and anything else you need while the dog is in your care.
  • Volunteer: Spend time at a local shelter or shelter to walk and socialize the dogs. The more exercise and grooming a dog gets while in a shelter, it often means the difference in behavior that will help them find a potential adopter.
  • Make a donation: Donate to your favorite animal welfare organization. Check their website for donation links or wish lists that highlight the most needed supplies.
  • Re-share: repost, share, tweet. By publicizing a special dog in need on your social media, you can help a dog find their home. Plus, you can inspire others to do it too.

To learn more or find a shelter near you, visit

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the slaughter of dogs and cats in U.S. shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the movement without killing and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from approximately 17 million per year to approximately 355,000. Best Friends operates rescue programs nationwide, as well as the largest animal sanctuary without killing death of the country. Working in conjunction with a network of over 3,800 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to save them all. For more information, visit