National Rescue Dog Day is observed annually on May 20th. Officially celebrated since 2018, the goal is to encourage people to adopt dogs from rescues or shelters, instead of purchasing dogs from breeders or online. You may have even seen the hashtag #adoptdontshop on social media, persuading others to adopt pets. Additionally, the celebration day raises awareness about the importance of neutering and spaying your pets to reduce the animal population and homeless pet epidemic, as well as giving pets a healthier and extended life.
Why Pets Make Good Companions for the Elderly
Because pets require attention and affection, they are known to give their owners a meaning and purposeful lifestyle. Pet companions enrich the lives and overall well being of those who care for them. Believe it or not, keeping pets can even help keep you healthy.
There are numerous benefits of owning a pet:
- Sense of purpose
- Increased socialization
- Lower stress
National Rescue Dog Day is observed annually on May 20th. Officially celebrated since 2018, the goal is to encourage people to adopt dogs from rescues or shelters, instead of purchasing dogs from breeders or online.
Why Rescue Dogs Make Great Pets for the Elderly
Oftentimes, rescue dogs have problems due to traumatization from being neglected, abused, and abandoned. However, they can overcome these issues by being shown love, support, and care. They will, in turn, become the most loving and loyal pets.
One of the greatest benefits of rescue dogs is that they can often be trained to become service animals. This is especially important for seniors who may feel depressed, need comfort, or are looking for a sense of purpose. Rescue dogs never ask for anything in return. They are just grateful to those who show them what it means to be loved.
What Can You Do?
You don’t have to adopt a dog to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day. There are many other ways to show your support.
- Donate items to a local shelter
- Foster a dog
- Volunteer at a local shelter
The American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association recommend following “Life’s Simple 7” tips. These are risk factors that individuals can improve through specific lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthier and more productive overall health.