Every May 20th signifies National Adopt a Dog Day. It started in 2009 by an organization called Tails that Teach which is working in development of kindness, compassion and empathy towards dogs. The day is designed to bring awareness about the rescued dogs in shelters that are waiting for their forever homes. Many of these dogs will become emotional support dogs for many of their new owners.
History of National Rescue Dog Day
This day was initially inspired by a rescue dog named Cooper back in 2009 when his owner went into a burning house to rescue Cooper.
The ASPCA reports that approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year and many of these dogs are just looking for owners that will care for them. In return, these dogs provide comfort, love and affection to their new families.
Many of these rescued dogs have the character to become service dogs and emotional support animals. Dogs shower their families with love and affection making them ideal emotional support animals. As per Tails That Teach, as emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness. Thus, the main aim of marking this day is also to encourage people to adopt the rescued dogs rather than buying dogs of a specific breed.