DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs - Thursday, August 1, 2024

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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.

DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs timeline


Justice is served

An ASPCA partnership with the NYPD results in a 200% increase in the number of animal cruelty arrests throughout New York City.


An eye-opening film

Cynthia Wade’s documentary about the ethics of animal welfare “Shelter Dogs” is released

The 2000s

ASPCA increased efforts

The organization led the fight against battle puppy mills, dog fighting, and other forms of cruelty.


A big leap for animal protection

Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in a time when the U.S. was not a friendly place for animals.

DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs FAQs

Do shelters have special events on Dogust 1st?

It’s very likely your local shelter has special events on that day, search online for more information.

When is the Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs?

August 1, or DOGust 1st as it is known.

Can I volunteer to help my shelter in Dogust 1st?

Lookup any shelter’s website and see if they accept volunteers. We’re sure they will love an extra hand.

5 More Reasons To Love Your Dog

  1. They often slumber with their owners

    Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.

  2. Petting de-stresses everyone

    A human’s blood pressure goes down when they pet a dog. The dog’s lowers as well

  3. They are jealous

    Your dog can genuinely get jealous when they see you display affection for others, a study claims.

  4. The U.S has the largest pet dog population in the world

    Approximately 75.8 million pet dogs can be found across America.

  5. Unconditional Love

    Dogs can show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any prompt beforehand.

DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs Activities

  1. Donate your time to a shelter

    While monetary donations are helpful, shelters always need more volunteers. This DOGust, contact your local shelter for information on ways to help.

  2. Pamper your adopted canine

    If you have an adopted dog, pamper him/her more than you usually do. A plush bed or a longer-than-usual day at the park. Anything that your furry friend likes.

  3. Make it a Complete Dog Day

    Shelters can always use dog toys, supplies, food, leashes, and much more to help them tend to dogs in need. If you got something to give away, help your shelter out!

Why we love Dogust

  1. This day encourages adoptions

    Adopted dogs provide us with an unlimited supply of love and affection. It's a life-affirming and life-changing relationship.

  2. Shelter dogs have their day

    DOGust celebrates the less privileged canines out there — with a nod to all the people who actively work for animal welfare.

  3. It's one big party

    A birthday bash for millions of adopted dogs all on the same day? That's a lot of cake and ice cream — and dog treats, of course.

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