two puppies snuggling up with one another on bench in a Chicago park

Puppies are one of the most universal symbols for positivity, cheer, and general happiness. Because of this, it’s only fitting that they get their own day to be celebrated! Established in 2006 by Colleen Paige, March 23rd is now known as National Puppy Day. The intent behind the creation of this day was to raise awareness for abandoned and often mistreated shelter dogs and to encourage people to adopt rather than to go to breeders for purebred puppies. While it is ok to go to breeders if you are looking for a puppy, it is important to do your research on the breeder and the type of dog you are looking for beforehand to ensure that you will be able to care for all of its needs. If you choose to buy from a breeder, consider the fact that there are approximately 8,000-10,000 puppy mills in the United States that treat these animals as a commodity to be sold rather than an animal in need of nurture and care – endless amounts of puppies are in need of love and attention. Responsible breeders should have a limited number of litters per year, no more than they can take care of. Obvious warning signs of mistreatment include unhealthy kennel conditions, skinny or limping puppies, puppies with weepy eyes and overall lethargy, or animals that show no interest in interacting with people.

How to Celebrate

On a positive note, there are many ways to celebrate this joyous day of awareness, see below for a few great examples:

  • Donate money, food, and toys to your local shelter.
  • Write your Congressman and ask that he or she supports the ban of puppy mills in your state.
  • Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their puppy.
  • Prepare yourself for puppy parenting, start off on the right paw! Hire a professional that can help.

Village West Vet is happy to get you started on the last point, contact us today to set up your puppy’s first visit! On her website, Colleen states that “puppies are the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet. Oh, to be more like a puppy.” We couldn’t agree more!