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Dogs come to families in a lot of different ways, and rescue dogs know that better than anyone—find out how to celebrate them.
Every day, new dogs find their way over to rescues. These animals, like many others, are in need of a home and a family to look after them. The reality is that a lot of these animals can face some pretty uncertain circumstances, and while some of them are lucky enough to be born in the rescue, not all of them are—especially senior animals.
The good news is that every year, we have a chance to celebrate our rescue dogs to shout to the world how glad we are that they found their way to us. A rescue is often brought to a family by luck and chance, so let’s discuss what it really means to celebrate on National Rescue Dog Day.
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What is National Rescue Dog Day?
National Rescue Dog Day is a day focused on celebrating rescue dogs around the world. Whether your pup was born and raised in your state or brought in from somewhere else, they managed to find their way to you—and that is something worth celebrating!
On May 20, 2022, we celebrate National Rescue Dog Day to remind the world and our pups just how happy pawrents are when they adopt a pet. A rescue can bring so much to the families that they live with, and we think that is amazing. People and families change when rescue dogs enter the home. Today is the day to celebrate just how amazing they can be!
The Importance of Rescuing Pets
Rescuing pets is a topic that can be a little difficult for dog lovers because, the truth is, not all rescue dogs have a happy history. Some rescue dogs are left behind when families can no longer care for them, or when families don’t want them anymore. Other rescue dogs find their way to local rescues when they end up lost—or even if they never had a place of their own to call home.
When pawrents rescue pets, they are committed to ensuring that their new furry relative will live a happy life. It is a commitment to care for pets, love them, protect them, and welcome them into the home. Making this decision can ensure a great quality of life for a dog, cat, or any other kind of animal.
As hard as it is to consider, the truth is that pets can often find their lives at risk without pawrents to adopt them—which is just one of the many reasons that we appreciate the love and care offered by pawrents around the world.
Ways to Support Rescue Dogs
Supporting rescue dogs is a big project, and no one knows this better than the rescues around the world. Caring for so many pets in need of a good home can be difficult, especially when you consider the constant flow of pets in need of care waiting for animal welfare organizations. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can support rescue dogs.
Pet rescue organizations are always in need of funding, and generally, the amount of funding that they receive will impact how many pets they can help. When more people donate to local rescues, those rescues can provide much-needed tools and services for animals in need. Oftentimes, donations can dictate how rescues board and house pets, and it can also help pets in need receive life-saving or life-changing medical treatments that can help them to be ready for adoption.
Adopting rescue dogs is one of the best ways that you can support them as long as you can give them a happy and stable home. When pawrents adopt pets, they change that pet's life forever. An adoption can mean love and security—something that not all rescue pets truly know.
More importantly, adopting a pet can save their lives. It can help them to enjoy some of those luxuries that other pets get to enjoy. It means toys, a warm bed, a diet that fits their needs, and access to the medical care that they need to thrive at all stages of life.
A good number of rescues use fostering as a way to help more pets. Foster pawrents are individuals who agree to temporarily house a pet for a duration of time until they can find their forever home. More often than not, this means keeping them in your house between adoption events.
Fostering is about more than just giving pets a place to stay before they are adopted. It also can have a huge impact on the adoption status of a pet. Some pets that end up at rescues have only known a life of hardship and fear, which is why foster pawrents can have such an amazing impact on them. When pets live in foster homes, they often end up more socialized, learn how to be loved, and can even learn some new tricks. Foster pawrents have a huge impact on helping pets. Adopting and fostering dogs allows more pets to live wonderful lives.
Adopt Older Pets
Older pets struggle quite a bit when it comes to adoptions. The truth is that people often default to getting a younger dog, leaving older doggos behind in the process. Adopting older pets can ensure that older pups have a good quality of life for the remainder of their lives, and this is a really beautiful thing. It also means that more spots can open at rescues to help other pets.
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Who Rescued Who?
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There was a trend for quite a while where everyone wanted to talk about their pure-bred dogs, and we believe that now is the time to talk about rescuing. Making sure that people know that your lovely doggo is a rescue can help to change the way people look at adopting, helping more people to choose adoption when they look for a pet.
Being vocal is something that you can do in a few ways. It might mean shouting my dog is a rescue from the rooftops, but there are some fun and fashionable ways to go about it as well. We’ve created two fun items specifically for rescue dogs that highlight the reality that rescue pets change human lives for the better.
To show off your status as the proud pawrents of a rescue dog, let your doggo have some fun with our WHO RESCUED WHO Dog Hoodie, which clearly shows the reality that these pups change lives. You can also prepare for warmer weather with our WHO RESCUED WHO Dog T-Shirt.
How to Help Your Rescue Dog Feel at Home
Every rescue dog has a story, and your rescue dog’s story can have a pretty big impact on their needs. Some rescues need a little extra love, a little extra medical care, or just a little extra fun. When you bring a rescue dog into your home, there are a few things that you can do to make them feel like home.
For a very long time, we have all been exposed to media images of these “perfect” and vibrant little puppies—and who doesn’t love, puppies, right? While there is nothing wrong with this, it does leave out the reality that some rescue dogs just need a minute. For a rescue that has been moved states, bounced from one place to the next, or even exposed to abuse, life can be scary—even when they find their forever home.
Patience is one of the most important things that you can offer a rescue dog. Your doggo needs to know that you will give them the time to warm up to your family. Sometimes it means being patient with bad habits or how close your dog is to your family. With a little love and patience, your pet will thrive.
Prepare for Vet Bills
Rescue dogs can come with quite a few vet bills, and while this is true for any pet, rescue dogs can have a more immediate need. In order to provide a proper home for your rescue dog, remember to always have money saved up for any medical expenses. Though rescues often provide medical care for dogs, some rescue pups need treatment, even after they have left the shelter.
Start with Basic Training
You can adopt a rescue dog at any age, and it probably goes without saying that not every dog knows the same tricks—or has had them reinforced. Any time that you adopt a doggo, you want to help them to get adjusted with basic training. Making sure that your pup knows how to go out to go potty or practicing basic tricks can do a lot to strengthen your bond with your pet.
Treat Them with Kindness
Dogs that enter rescues, even seemingly happy dogs, often have an interesting history. These dogs might have been abandoned by their last family or might still be grieving being separated from their family or friends at the rescue. Being as kind as possible to your pet can help them to see you as a source of comfort, and rescue dogs specifically tend to need that more than others. Your doggo should know that they can always come to you.
Be Understanding of Their Needs
Given the rich histories of rescue dogs, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their needs vary quite a bit. It is up to you as the pawrent to really seek to understand these needs—and there are a lot of ways to go about this.
Treat your doggo with care by learning who they are as an individual. What makes them happy? What doesn’t make them happy? What frightens them? Paying attention to your pup and how they respond to certain events can help you to provide a safe space for them.
Look for Signs of Trouble
Rescue dogs are known to bring so much to their families, but sometimes they need a little more help than expected. It is not uncommon for pawrents to find out later that their pups need something that wasn’t pointed out by the rescue.
After you adopt your rescue, you will want to look for any red flags or concerns. This might be something like excessive licking, indicating an allergy—or it might mean finding out that your doggo is terrified of cats. Being aware of these possibilities can help you to be there for your pet and gives you the power to make sure that you meet their needs.
Shower Them with Love
Love makes the world go round, and this is ten times as true for rescue dogs. If your dog has been living on the street or was recently separated from their siblings, you will find that they might be hurting or even skittish. Giving your pet lots of love to remind them that you will always be there for them can help them to grow more confident, and it will often make them much happier. Give your doggo some love, and watch how they transform!
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With every purchase you make, we donate to our partner group, Hope for Paws. Hope for Paws provides much-needed aid to dogs in need, and this is something that we feel very strongly about. This rescue supports pups of all sizes, shapes, and ages (including our own pup, Willow)—ensuring that they have access to medical attention, food, and shelter. Hope for Paws does their part to make sure that pets in need find their ways into forever homes!
We are so proud to have adopted pups throughout the years, and we know from firsthand experience just how much joy and love these animals can bring. If you are looking to adopt a pet, we highly recommend going through a rescue instead of visiting a store.
The fact is that there are pets that need us, right now, and they are waiting for us at shelters. Rescue dogs can be amazing new additions for the family, offering love, cuddles, fun, and hilarious memories. When you adopt, you will find that your doggo will transform before your eyes, and we think that is pretty beautiful!
Until next time, thank you for reading!