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National Dog day started in America in 2004 by pet & family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat Day and many more philanthropic days that bring attention to the abundance of rescue animals in need of adoption, more so than purebred animals that you get from breeders for 1000s of dollars.

People all around the world have started celebrating the annual appreciation of their dogs and it's no wonder why. There are dogs in the world that put their lives on the line every day for the disabled, personal protection, law enforcement, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs as well as pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage – now they're detecting cancer and seizures... things even humans cannot do.

"Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted," says Paige, founder of National Dog Day.

She continues, "They're unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They're unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn't keep their promises about caring for the dog... unwanted because they shed too much... unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED... simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered 'unwanted love', into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"

Take a look at the heartwarming montage of dogs being rescued, Warning! You may want to adopt today!

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