August 1 is known as Dogust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. Thousands of sweet dogs land at animal shelters until they can find forever homes. If you’ve ever visited a shelter, you know the heart-wrenching looks on their faces. But there’s always hope. Back in 2008, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, North Shore Animal League America chose August 1 (or “DOGust 1st) as the universal birthday for all shelter dogs, or as it refers to them, “mutt-i-grees.” This date inspires all of us to consider their plight. Join us this summer by sharing your love for these precious creatures. Shelters across America join North Shore Animal League on this day by making an extra effort to facilitate adoptions. Read on to learn how you can help.
History of DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
DOGust 1st was a date picked by the North Shore Animal League America to symbolize the birthday of all shelter dogs across America. This “birthday” applies to dogs who don’t have an official record in place. Shelter workers can estimate a dog’s age, but they can never know precisely when they were born and nobody wants to see a dog go without a birthday! When these dogs are adopted, their new family might give them a new birthday, but for those without a home, this date serves as a universal celebration.
North Shore Animal League America uses this date to work with shelters across the country to promote adoption and acceptance of shelter dogs into new forever families. The aim is keep their lives happy, healthy, and fulfilled. On DOGust 1st, it is encouraged to spread the word and raise awareness about pet adoption services and shelters in general, praising them for all the incredible work they do in rescuing and caring for animals across the country and the world.
As NSALA states, DOGust 1st is an opportunity to look into the world of these wonderful animals who are waiting for a family. This day we can return the unconditional love and adoration they give us and help find them a home that is full of the love they deserve.