Every animal lover knows that pets are just as much a part of the family as any other member, and as such, they should be celebrated.
Fortunately, in 2004, pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige created National Dog Day, giving families the perfect opportunity to give some extra attention to their beloved fur-babies.
Celebrated each year on Aug. 26, the philanthropic day recognizes the impact that “man’s best friend” has in our everyday lives and encourages the public to work together for the welfare of animals.
With National Dog Day just around the corner, honor your furry best friend by supporting these four local animal shelters.
Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch
Founded in 1985 as the Humane Society of Greater Jupiter Tequesta, Furry Friends is a nonprofit veterinary hospital and no-kill shelter in Jupiter, housing dozens of adoptable animals. It also has a 27-acre ranch in Palm City. In addition to adoption and animal care services, the organization offers a variety of programs, including puppy training, canine good citizen training and pet fostering.
401 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter; 561.747.5311; furryfriendsadoption.org
Pet Haven Rescue
One of the only completely cage-free shelters in South Florida, Pet Haven Rescue works to rescue and rehabilitate abused or abandoned dogs. This nonprofit has built a reputation for successfully getting nearly all of its animals adopted.
1128 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Ste. 352, Royal Palm Beach; 561.719.7914; pethavenrescue.org
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Both an animal shelter and veterinary clinic, this nonprofit works to rescue and find quality homes for lost, homeless and unwanted animals. Along with adoption and medical services, the organization provides both behavioral training and educational resources, and is active within the community. Support Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League by shopping for your pet at Shaggy Shoppe Pet Boutique.
3100/3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach; 561.686.3663; peggyadams.org
Kibblez of Love
In addition to being an animal rescue and adoption center, Kibblez of Love runs a pet food bank to help those who cannot financially take care of their animals. The nonprofit even offers to assist families with spay and neuter surgeries. Since being founded in 2011, the small organization has kept 14,902 family pets at home and has found adoption for 246 animals.
8100 Belvedere Road, Ste. 13, West Palm Beach; 561.271.5890; kol-fl.org
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