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The pandemic has brought us all a lot of extra time with our furry friends. And it’s also caused many people to decide to add a dog to their family. And for all of those people, National Dog Day is the perfect time to stop and celebrate the joy, comfort, and companionship dogs bring to our lives.

Millions of people craved canine camaraderie and welcomed new dogs and puppies into their homes over the past year or so. Dog ownership increased by nearly 11% in 2020 according to the American Pet Products Association. There are approximately 108 million dogs in U.S. households and that means there are a lot of new pet parents preparing to celebrate National Dog Day!

National Dog Day was established in 2004. The holiday celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed, and serves to help educate the public to about the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. It honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Even if you are planning on going back to the office and won’t be home as much, dogs would rather be in homes than in shelters. They love to nap whether or not you are home with them. Plenty of people work full-time jobs and provide loving homes to foster or adopted pets.

Now is a perfect time to adopt or foster a dog as the company is incredibly beneficial and this is a stressful period for everyone. Many studies have shown that the presence of pets is beneficial for physical and mental health. Pet companionship has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and reduce anxiety.

It’s also an important time to consider adopting a pet as adoptions are down nationwide. Looking for a certain type of dog to adopt? Many of the dogs that enter shelters are purebreds and even trendy mixed breeds, like doodles. No matter what you’re looking for, it can be found in a shelter or from a rescue. Check petfinder.com to start your search. A

Our dogs have been there for us and provided companionship and comfort through an extremely difficult year and a half, and this is a great opportunity to celebrate them and honor the commitment we made to them through adoption.