National Dog Day (or Intermational Dog Day, there is a social media presence under both names) happened to fall on Monday this year, Aug. 26, and we asked readers to send in photos of their beloved pooches, and show them off to the Sudbury.com community.
We received dozens of photos and selected the best to of the bunch to share with you today.
National Dog Day was introduced in 2004 by Colleen Paige, credited as being a pet and lifestyle expert and animal advocate, to raise awareness for the plight of animals and encourage adoption. This celebration is hosted on Aug. 26 as this was the day Paige’s family adopted her first dog, Sheltie.
“Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort,” said Paige in a statement on the event’s official website.
Paige has introduced a number of other philanthropic days, including National Mutt Day (July 31 and Dec 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) and National Cat Day (Aug 8).
As part of National Dog Day, people were encouraged to donate $5 to their local OSPCA shelter, which can be done by following this link.