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25 Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day By Helping Dogs

Sunday is National Dog Day, a day to celebrate ALL dogs, young and old, small and large, short and longhaired, mixed and pure breed. As dog lovers we all want to help dogs lead happier, healthier, and safer lives – both our dogs as well as dogs at risk or in need of assistance. But it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start or how to help. Here are 25 simple ways to help dogs in your community today!

25 Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day By Helping Dogs

25 Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day By Helping Dogs

1. Adopt a senior or adult dog from a shelter or breed rescue.

2. Volunteer to walk a dog for an elderly or homebound neighbor.

3. Host a dog-friendly summer cookout and ask guests to bring a donation for a shelter or rescue.

4. Buy or collect pet food and deliver it to your local food kitchen for homeless pet owners.

5. Foster a dog from an open admission shelter – you might actually save a life!

25 Ways to Help Dogs On National Dog Day

6. Participate in dog transport from overcrowded facilities to shelters and rescues with more space.

7. Volunteer to take photographs of adoptable dogs and share widely.

8. Set up a pet food pantry in your church, synagogue, school, or office.

9. Teach your children and their friends how to interact safely with dogs.

10. Deliver pet food to seniors and others who are unable to get out regularly.

Photo used with permission of Bernard Lima-Chavez

11. Use cruelty free cleaning products, personal care, and cosmetics that do not test on animals.

12. Provide hospice care for a sick or elderly shelter dog.

13. Share your dog’s rescue story on social media to inspire others to adopt a dog.

14. Support businesses and brands that are cruelty-free, earth friendly, and supportive of animal welfare.

15. Read lost pet signs and help lost dogs find their way home.

Celebrate National Dog Day

16. Deliver food, collars, and blankets to homeless pet owners in your community.

17. Organize a neighborhood garage sale and donate the profits to your local rescue or shelter.

18. Keep an extra leash, collar, and some food in your trunk in case you find a stray or lost dog.

19. Sign up for a pet therapy program (assuming your dog is a good fit)

20. If you see something, say something. Always report cruelty, abuse, and neglect to the appropriate authorities.

Photo used with permission of Safe Humane Chicago,

21. Sign up for monthly donations or weekly volunteer sessions with your local shelter.

22. Never leave your dog unattended in a car, outside a store or anywhere else that might put them at risk. If you see other dogs in danger, get help.

23. Support small, locally owned pet stores that do not sell animals.

24. Make an emergency plan for you and your pets. Keep extra food, meds, leashes, vaccine records, first-aid kit, etc. on hand in case of emergency.

25. Support crowd-funding efforts for specific dogs in need OR talk to your vet about setting up a fund to help cover veterinary costs for economically challenged pet owners.

Celebrate National Dog Day With Your Dog

Celebrate National Dog Day With Your Dog – Bonus Tips!

1.Check out dog-friendly bars and restaurants.  Don’t forget to share your fries.

2. Take your dog on a picnic, hike, boat ride, camping trip, or another fun adventure. Take lots of photos and create a keepsake book or shadow box documenting your special day.

3. Bake homemade dog treats, or if you stink at baking like me, visit your local dog bakery.

4. Plan a couch potato night –order take out and watch dog-themed movies curled up together on the couch.

5. Take your dog to work (if allowed) or call in sick and spend good old-fashioned quality time with your best friend.

Have other suggestions of ways to help dogs and/or celebrate National Dog Day (and everyday) with your dog? Please share in the comments!

Thinking of adopting a dog? Check out our post about why you should run, not walk, to your local shelter and adopt a dog today!

25 Ways To Celebrate Dogs By Helping Dogs



  1. August 24, 2018 / 6:36 am

    we always have a leash on board… and after the mama transported a soaking wet collie mix to the next vet we have a blanket and a towel in the car too ;O)

  2. Chelle
    August 24, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Great post. I kind of feel like everyday is dog day around our house, lol. I don’t think I’ll be doing anything special to celebrate this weekend, but I always make lots of time to spend with my own dogs as well as do what I can to help dogs in need.

  3. August 24, 2018 / 10:43 am

    All wonderful things to do including the bonus tips.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  4. August 24, 2018 / 10:56 am

    What an excellent post! I recommend “Megan Leavey” as a terrific dog movie to watch, although it may not be appropriate for children (war, combat, adult situations & language).

  5. August 24, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Hooray for helping the doggies each and every day!

  6. August 24, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Fantastic list and reminder, Happy National Dog day with a woof from Layla

  7. The OP Pack
    August 24, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    That’s a fantastic list of suggestions and a great reminder for all of us to remember to help those who aren’t as fortunate as us. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. August 24, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Call in sick to work and spend the day with your dog! Lol – I wonder if anyone will do this?

  9. August 24, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    What a wonderful list of ways to celebrate dogs everywhere!

  10. August 24, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    What great ways to help dogs…some are so easy and simple.

  11. Idaho PugRanch
    August 24, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    A great list of ways to help!
    Hazel & Mabel

  12. 15andmeowing
    August 24, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Great post Happy National Dog Day!

  13. August 25, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Love love love it.
    Last weekend our local Shelter participated in the Nat’l clear a shelter day. We were amazed at all the pups and kits and other critters who found furever homes.
    Hugs madi and mom

  14. August 25, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    I just love how much you care about our furry friends.

  15. August 26, 2018 / 11:31 am

    These are all such great ideas to help dogs in your community & ways to celebrate Nat’l Dog Day. This morning we went to our favorite dog friendly cafe, and made some homemade frozen dog treats to celebrate. I recently signed up for Amazon Smiles and chose the animal shelter I volunteer for as the recipient of donations based on my Amazon purchases! Great way to easily give back to help animals in need!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  16. irenemchugh
    August 26, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    We’ve been planning some pup field trips, including to a local winery that has two rescue brands of wine where 100% of the profits go to animal rescue. Pretty excited about that visit! We’re “projecting” around the house today for National Dog Day while we wait for the cooler weather to arrive.

  17. August 26, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Great ideas. Happy National Dog Day. Hope a lot of dogs get forever homes in celebration

  18. August 26, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    That is a wonderful list. I hope many people get inspired.

  19. jank1961
    August 26, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Great ideas! Celebrating and taking good care of dogs starts right at home, so I love that you included tips for that too.

  20. August 26, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    What a tremendous post!

    So many feel good things for prospective dog owners to think about, and I love the mention of seniors. A senior pet is a committed and wonderful animal grateful for your love and care.

  21. August 26, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I grew up with dogs and still love them. If I had a different lifestyle and lived in a different location, I may consider getting another one. I love the herding breed of dogs and would need more property for them.

  22. August 26, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    SUPERB!!! These were the most pawesome tips, not just for National Dog Day but for EVERY DAY!! Just superb!

  23. meowmeowmans
    August 26, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Such great tips for enjoying this special day! We sure hope you had a great National Dog Day, sweet friends!

  24. August 27, 2018 / 8:16 am

    I recognize some of those faces!!!
    Fantastic list – I hope everyone who reads this will incorporate a few of those into their routines. I especially like the one about fostering – it makes such a difference. Sharing this post. Thank you!

  25. August 27, 2018 / 8:16 am

    These are great tips to honor dogs on this special day. I love that you incorporated a variety of tips, even for those of us without pups! I currently volunteer at an animal rescue for cats and dogs. Looking into fostering soon!

  26. August 27, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Happy National Dog Day! These are wonderful suggestions!

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