Today is National Puppy Day, a day set aside to set aside to honor the pure joy of puppies but also a day to take action against the mistreatments of these innocent creatures. Whether from puppy mills, backyard breeding or the carelessness of owners, there are many puppies today that suffer at the hands of people.
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by pet lifestyle expert, animal behaviorist and author, Colleen Paige. Paige also started the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network which is a non-profit organization that “offers financial assistance and educational programs ranging from pet cancer to fire safety and travel safety for kids and pets alike.”
So whether you are thankful for the puppy in your life, or maybe looking for one of your own, today is a perfect day to celebrate the joy of puppies everywhere and help those who need it.
If you would like to aid in the health and well-being of puppies everywhere, there are specific actions you can do right now.
Here are 10 courtesy of the Animal Miracle Foundation:
1. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills in your state.
2. Host a community event to raise money for your local animal shelter.
3. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.
4. Puppy-proof your home and yard with a “puppy safe” inspection.
5. Puppy-proof your pool to prevent the risk of drowning.
6. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their puppy.
7. Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost.
8. Pledge to never chain your puppy to a tree or doghouse. Always include your puppy in your family by letting him live inside the home with you.
9. Pledge to never yell at or hit your puppy…to be patient and kind and give your puppy lots of love and praise every day.
10. Donate money, food and toys to the Animal Miracle Foundation‘s Project: Street Dog program, which provides food, toys, accessories, blankets, clothing and medical care to puppies and adult dogs of the homeless and low income.
For the full list of 50 things you can do to help puppies now, click here.
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