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It's National Rescue Dog Day — Here's What You Can Do to Celebrate Dogs Today


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We all know dogs are worth celebrating every day of the year — but today is a good day to take your love of doggos to the next level. Every year, May 20 marks National Rescue Dog Day. The annual holiday aims to bring awareness to dogs in need of adoption, to educate young children about animals, and to encourage spaying and neutering of pets. National Rescue Dog Day was founded by the non-profit Tails That Teach.

As explained on the organization's website, Tales That Teach aims to teach children about human-animal relationships to foster compassion and kindness. Tales That Teach was inspired to found National Rescue Dog Day after rescuing a dog named Cooper back in 2009. The non-profit even published two children's books about Cooper, called Love Me Gently and Gray Whiskers, which aim to educate kids aged 3 to 8 about how to kindly treat their pets.