Founded in 2006 by author Colleen Paige and since utilized by other organizations and groups, National Puppy Day was created to shed light on puppies in need of adoption and the abuses that can be found in puppy mills. This day is also, of course, about celebrating these wonderful companions and their unconditional love.
There are thousands of puppy mills in the United States and many are known for treating their dogs as commodities instead of animals. Improper treatment of the animals can include cramming too many puppies into small cages and not giving them proper, detailed health assessments. Puppies can be taken from their mothers far too early, affecting their basic social skills.
Although responsible breeders exist, it is imperative for people to do their homework beforehand. A qualified breeder has a limited number of litters per year and is always licensed by their city and state. If this is the route chosen, make sure the breeder has a good reputation, legitimate customer testimonials, and a health certificate from a reputable veterinarian. If a pure breed is the ultimate goal, a great option can be adopting through pure breed rescues.
National Puppy Day is meant to encourage the public to consider adoption first and to educate on the importance of spaying and neutering. These two efforts can help reduce the overpopulation of abandoned dogs and help end unnecessary suffering. Remember to think “Adopt Before Shop!”