You may celebrate man's best friend every day. Do you walk your pup at the new at Enterprise Park at Calverton -- and support the Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter? Or perhaps you've adopted a rescue at the Kent Animal Shelter? If not, Sunday's the day to do so!
Aug. 26 is National Dog Day. That's the day animal advocate Colleen Paige has designated for honoring all those dogs who make beach walks magical and shower us with unbridled affection every day -- and to remember all those dogs who are neglected.
In honor of National Dog Day, protestors plan to gather once again this weekend outside The Puppy Experience on Route 25 in Aquebogue to raise awareness about puppy mills in the United States.
The Companion Animal Protection Society has been demonstrating outside the puppy store in recent months; the group was recently sent a order from the shop owner, Scott Kaphan's, attorney but so far, Barbara Dennihy said they group has not heard anything further about the demand.
"CAPS has been holding educational demonstrations every weekend at local pet shops to educate consumers on the connection between puppy mills/puppy brokers and retail pet stores," Dennihy said. "Over three million puppies are produced in puppy mills across the United States every year for distribution to retail puppy stores, while in shelters across America over three million companion animals a year are euthanized, for no other reason except lack of space. What is wrong with this picture?" she asked.
"CAPS educates consumers about this vicious cycle," she added. "Save a life. Visit your local shelter, breed specific rescue group or Petfinders.com."
Dennihy said anyone wishing to educate themselves about puppy mills should visit CAPS-WEB.ORG.
Not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.
Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self-proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith-based charity, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since 2004, Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart ... ," Paige said. "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast ... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination—we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.
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