5 Ways to Celebrate International Dogs Day

International Dogs Day is celebrated annually on August the 26th. This day aims to celebrate and acknowledge the role that dogs play in our lives and to raise awareness about the importance of adopting and rescuing our four-legged friends.

This day was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate. Her goal was to encourage people to adopt dogs from shelters and rescues, and to raise awareness about the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. International Dogs Day is an opportunity to show your appreciation for your furry companion and to give back to the dogs in your community.

There are many ways to celebrate International Dogs Day, from volunteering at a local shelter to hosting a dog-themed party. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have highlighted five ideas to help get you started:

1. Volunteer at a Local Shelter

Volunteering at a local shelter is a great way to show your love for dogs. You can help take care of dogs, walk them, and play with them. This not only helps to socialise the dogs but also helps to showcase their personalities to potential adopters.

2. Support Local Animal Shelters

Supporting local animal shelters is another way to promote dog adoption. You can donate money, food, or supplies to help the shelters take care of dogs. You can also attend adoption events and spread the word about the importance of dog adoption.

3. Sponsor a Dog

Sponsoring a dog also promotes dog adoption. You can sponsor a dog’s adoption fee or provide financial support to help the shelter take care of the dog. This helps to reduce the financial burden of adopting a dog and can encourage more people to consider adoption.

4. Educate Others

Educating others about the benefits of dog adoption is key to promoting dog welfare. You can share information on social media, create flyers or brochures to hand out, or even host an educational event. By educating others, you can help to dispel myths and misconceptions about dog adoption and encourage more people to give them loving new homes.

5. Group Dog Walk

Another great way of celebrating International Dog’s Day is to take part in a group dog walk with other owners and their canine companions. Group dog walking events are  hugely popular and a fantastic opportunity for dog owners and their four-legged friends to socialise with other owners and their pets, whilst connecting with the great outdoors. There are so many benefits associated with taking part in a group dog walking event; from socialisation, physical exercise and improved wellbeing, to a sense of community and unity with other like minded people. Dog group walks are a great excuse for you and your dog to make new friends and to experience physical exercise as one pack.


Remember, International Dogs Day is not just about celebrating your own dog, it is also about raising awareness about the importance of adopting and rescuing dogs. By celebrating this day, you are helping to make a difference to the lives of dogs in your community. If you are interested in visiting our luxury secure dog park and in booking your canine companion a place, then please contact us today on 01462 742 658. We look forward to hearing from you!