It’s #DOGust 1st - One Big Birthday Party for Shelter Dogs Everywhere

It’s #DOGust 1st - One Big Birthday Party for Shelter Dogs Everywhere

They’re our best friends. They give us total and unconditional love every day. A birthday seems just the right time to celebrate our adopted pups, but it’s a common problem that shelter pet parents don’t know what day their dog was born.  

“Dogust,” the universal shelter dog birthday, takes place on August 1st each year. It’s a fun, nationwide celebration for dogs whose birthdays are unknown. Credit for this special holiday goes to the team at the North Shore Animal League America,  the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization based in New York.  In 2008 they decided to make sure every dog gets its own special day, and Dogust was born!  Since then, shelters across the country have gotten involved.  

Celebrate Dogust with Your Pup! 

There are lots of ways to celebrate this universal shelter pet birthday with your adopted dog!  Just taking a little extra time to celebrate them and honor their presence in our lives is wonderful.  But if you want to get fancy, try some of these ideas: 

  • Set sail with your water loving pup on a boating excursion 
  • Plant a tree in honor of your pup, and all the shelter animals in search of their forever home 
  • Celebrate your pet on social media by sharing photos, videos and a loving written tribute. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Dogust 
  • Just snuggle up, watch a movie and spend time together 

Help A Local Shelter Celebrate Dogust 

The most impactful way to celebrate is to support your local shelter by adopting a dog or becoming a foster. You can also: 

  • Make a monetary donation. Many shelters have Dogust  fundraisers, 
  • Donate supplies (food and toys.) Many shelters have lists of needed items. 
  • Volunteer 

Purchase a Black Dog ShelterU Blanket for Your Pup’s Dogust Birthday, We’ll Donate One to a Shelter Pet 

Through a special partnership with Beantown Blankets, we’re proud to donate a comfy Black Dog ShelterU blanket to a dog awaiting its forever home at a participating shelter for each blanket purchased.  What better way to give your rescue pup a special gift, knowing another deserving dog will benefit too!  Learn More 

However you decide to celebrate Dogust, we’d love you to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and show us how you’re spending your special day. 


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