Over centuries, dogs have been a part of human lives. You see them painted in old portraits and watch countless films about a person’s bond with their dog. There is even an unspoken rule about how the President and his family should have dogs in the White House.
I have a Shih Tzu that is such a fundamental part of my family. I simply cannot imagine my life without his crazy antics. I’ve always felt that he is just an extension of me and all the love I cannot put into words.
Unfortunately, not all dogs have a loving home. I know, this seems like a crime. There are thousands of dogs waiting to be adopted and rescued.
On this National Rescue Dog Day, here are some organizations that you should support to help these gentle souls find their “furever” home.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Probably one of the most well-known foundations, ASPCA is the oldest animal welfare nonprofit organization in the country. It focuses on rescuing and caring for animals throughout the country.
What stood out to me is their Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, which provides behavioral rehabilitation to severely anxious, fearful, and borderline violent dogs that are victims of animal cruelty and hoarding situations.
This gives these rescue dogs a second chance at life and makes it possible to be adopted one day.
American Pit Bull Foundation
It is no secret that Pitbulls are held in a negative light. They have a reputation for being violent animals, and some states have even banned them from being household pets.
The American Pit Bull Foundation seeks to educate us on properly caring for and training pit bulls while also being mindful of their needs.
We need to be responsible and give them an environment where they can thrive so they do not continue being misunderstood and neglected.
Hope for Paws
Hope for Paws is a non-profit organization that focuses on rescuing dogs, cats, and any animal found abandoned on the streets and ignored in the Los Angeles area.
They use donations to help rescue and save the lives of thousands of animals by giving them access to veterinary care and shelters. They have partnered with various organizations to help fund adoption centers and spay/neuter clinics.
Dogs for Better Lives
Dogs for Better Lives is an organization whose mission is to train dogs to become assistance dogs for those with disabilities. They train dogs to be hearing, autism, and facility dogs.
They even have what is called “career change” dogs for those dogs that are adoptable but are not suited for being assistance dogs. This shows how this organization cares for all rescue dogs and truly wants to find them a home with a loving human.
Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets finds dogs in need and pairs them with veterans in need. Unfortunately, our brave vets often return home with war’s emotional and mental distress.
This organization facilitates this bond by training these rescue dogs ready for adoption. This way, our vets will have an emotional companion to live a peaceful, happy life together.
In the end, furry friends are a gift to the world. Let’s do our part to protect them by supporting organizations that prioritize this.