Today is National Dog Day

National Dog Day is Aug. 26 every year, initially created in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle advocate Colleen Paige.

Who chose that day specifically because it is when her family brought their dog home when she was 10 years old.

The mission of the holiday is to celebrate dogs, raise awareness of the number of dogs in shelters, and encourage adoption.

National Dog Day has expanded since 2004 and is now celebrated worldwide.

The Humane Society of the United States and West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue are just two rescue org that have partnered with those responsible for the event to raise awareness of the cause.

Together they raise awareness of the large number of homeless dogs and are actively working to convince those looking for a dog to go to an adoption center rather than a pet shop.

Founder Colleen Paige is also using the holidays to raise awareness of the many ways  dogs contribute to society and more.

Dogs are the most common species to play the role of emotional support animals, according to Counseling Today.

While dogs can't put their love into words, dogs of all sizes and breeds can convey affection and warmth through their company.

At Grand Ledge High School, dogs were only bought because they make students happy and help improve the mental health of young adults.

Also, Eastern Michigan University hosted an event called "Wellness Woof" where students can meet therapy dogs for an hour.

How is National Dog Day celebrated?

While pets may not be aware of the holiday, dogs always like to spend more time with their owners. So let's celebrate this day by spending time with them.

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