This Sunday, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day. It is a day that supports and recognizes the many joys that an adopted 4-legged friend can bring to our lives, and promotes the mutual benefits that such an adoption can bestow upon both man and man's best friend.
No matter the size, shape, color or breed, dogs have had the tendency to lick, jump, fetch and nuzzle their way into the lives of humans since the beginning of our existence. They are loyal, selfless and easily pleased - it's hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion!
But according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year in the U.S. alone. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one then needs a new, loving home to belong to.
Often overcoming extreme obstacles to then provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets, rescue dogs can also be capable of much more. With training, they can contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become a pair of eyes, ears or legs, as well as a best friend.
Rescue dogs can also provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.
They make excellent teachers, too! Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. They can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations, or help to investigate the cause of a fire.
The number of inspiring ways rescue dogs have become a part of the human family is truly remarkable.
Here at beyondBeanie we are also passionate about supporting our beautiful canine friends, and about raising awareness of the importance of improving animal welfare.
Patitas Descalzas ('Barefoot Paws') is a non-profit organization based in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, and is dedicated to improving animal welfare through action and education regarding animal rights.
And as with every bracelet purchase, we are also able to provide dental care to a child in need with each Save Homeless Cats and Dogs pack sold. A product that helps both children and animals in need? What are you waiting for!
So why not use this National Rescue Dog Day to get involved in the life of an amazing canine companion. It could be something as simple as volunteering at your local shelter, or making a small donation such as a blanket or chew toy.
And if there happens to be room in your life for a rescue dog, consider adoption and giving one a home forever. Given a chance, they will fill your home with unconditional love and joy with every belly rub.
After all, if something as simple as this last image is enough to keep them infinitely happy, it just has to be good fun...
Written by Steve Connors
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