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Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day

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Ally Brown

Herald Staff Writer

May 20 is recognized as National Rescue Dog Day to cherish and raise awareness for rescue dogs all across the nation. 

This holiday was created by children’s author Lisa Wiehebrink in 2018 after being inspired by her own personal rescue dogs. According to the ASPCA, over 3 million dogs per year enter rescues and shelters to await a home and only 2.1 million are adopted. Many rescue dogs have spent their lives on the streets, lacking shelter, safety and nutrition. Homeless dogs are not typically spayed or neutered which contributes to overpopulation over time. By adopting a rescue dog you are giving them a second chance at life and welcoming companionship, loyalty and love into your home. 

Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue also ensures that you’re not supporting puppy mills which are recognized by the Humane Society as abusive. Dogs in puppy mills are often sick from poor living conditions. 

There are several reputable no-kill shelters and rescues in the area that you can adopt your next rescue dog at such as One of A Kind Pets, 1929 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313, Humane Society of Summit County at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087, and Northeast Ohio SPCA at 9555 Brookpark Road, Parma, OH 44129. 

If you’re not looking to adopt a rescue dog but are still interested in helping the cause, you can also find a local shelter to volunteer at. Volunteers are needed to feed and water, walk, clean kennels, and raise awareness for animals in need. 


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