International Dog Day is celebrated on August 26 every year to honor the bond between humans and dogs

The day was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an animal advocate and pet lifestyle expert

The date of August 26 was chosen because it was the day that Colleen adopted her first dog, a Sheltie, from a local animal shelter when she was 10 years old

The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the plight of dogs in need of rescue and adoption, and to recognize the invaluable role that dogs play in our lives

The day also celebrates the diversity of dogs, regardless of their breed or lineage, and pays tribute to the dogs that serve tirelessly to save lives, provide comfort, and ensure our safety

The day encourages people to consider adopting dogs from shelters and rescues, rather than buying them from pet stores or breeders, thereby giving abandoned or neglected animals a chance at a better life

The day also emphasizes the importance of responsible pet ownership, such as spaying and neutering, providing proper care and training, and preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation

The day is a platform for animal organizations, shelters, and rescue groups to collaborate and create awareness campaigns, as well as for dog lovers to show appreciation and gratitude for their furry companions