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Dog Appreciation Month – April 2025

Dog Appreciation Month, celebrated in April every year, is a special appreciation day to celebrate all dogs and encourage adoption! Did you know that some people abandon their dogs? Yes, millions of dogs become homeless each year because they are unwanted or their owners abandon them for financial or personal reasons. As a result, the goal of Dog Appreciation Month is to encourage people to appreciate their dogs and rescue organizations.

History of Dog Appreciation Month

Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated by humans and have been man’s best friend ever since. Throughout history, dogs have been used by humans for guarding property, herding stock, and hunting games. Dogs are great companions and are even considered a member of one’s family in many parts of the world. Dog Appreciation Month aims to celebrate all our furry friends in any way we can!

Dogs come in all sizes, shapes, and breeds, and there’s a dog out there for everyone. However, whether you like big dogs or small dogs, every pup should be celebrated during Dog Appreciation Month. This month is all about celebrating our friends on four legs, drawing attention to the number of dogs in shelters, and encouraging the adoption of those dogs that are out there on the street. On this day, you can also address issues such as animal cruelty, including inhumane practices and conditions affecting companion and farm animals, illegal animal trade, animal slaughter, and the use of animals in research and product testing.

Today, Dog Appreciation Month has grown in popularity and continues to grow every day. During this month, people from across the world celebrate by volunteering at rescue homes, donating to a dog shelter, or giving special treats to their friends along with a big fluffy cuddle. So, no matter what kind of dog you have, make sure you spend this day showing your appreciation and showering your love.

Dog Appreciation Month timeline

13,000 B.C.
The Domestication of Dogs

Ancient humans begin to domesticate dogs.

The Foundation of the A.S.P.C.A.

The A.S.P.C.A. is established for the purpose of humane care for animals.

The Humane Society International

The international division of the Humane Society of the United States is established.

Dogs Become More Than Just Pets

People across the world start to see pet dogs as more than just pets — as their family members.

Dog Appreciation Month FAQs

How do you appreciate a dog?

Some of the ways in which you can show how much you care for your dog include taking pet insurance, creating a doggy play date, going for a car ride with your dog, and getting a new dog toy.

How many dogs are in U.S. shelters?

Every year, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters and 670,000 are euthanized.

Do dogs expect rewards?

Scientific studies show that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary, unselfish kindness towards others without any reward. So, they love you as much as you love them.

Dog Appreciation Month Activities

  1. Help the dogs

    The best thing you can do to celebrate Dog Appreciation Month is to be kind to dogs and all other pets and animals, not only during this month but all the time! Visit a shelter and spend some time with the dogs there, and maybe consider adopting one.

  2. Share your pet's pics

    One of the amazing ways in which you can celebrate Dog Appreciation Month is by taking photos of your dogs and sharing them on social media. Shower your pet with love and show it off.

  3. Share your story

    If you have a pet dog or you know someone who is constantly making a difference for animals in your community and around the world, share your interesting stories with the world via social media. Share some pet stories to raise awareness about their valuable lives.

5 Unknown Facts About Dogs That You Need To Know

  1. The unique nose print

    A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint.

  2. They share your bed

    Around 45% of pet dogs in the U.S. sleep in their owner’s bed.

  3. Dogs are pretty advanced

    Dogs’ noses can sense heat and thermal radiation, so even blind and deaf dogs can still hunt.

  4. Dogs yawn too

    The sound of humans yawning can trigger one from your dog!

  5. They’re good for our health

    Petting a dog for 15 minutes can reduce blood pressure by 10% and helps your body release relaxation hormones.

Why We Love Dog Appreciation Month

  1. We need this month

    In today’s world where hate, negativity, and arrogance are ruining many lives and making it hard to live for many people, enjoyable holidays like Dog Appreciation Month are much-needed. This month spreads awareness about the value of our little and big furry friends.

  2. It spreads positivity

    Dog Appreciation Month is a positive holiday that not only aims to spread positivity but also helps raise awareness about pet care and welfare. So, this is a cheerful holiday dedicated to our most beloved friends.

  3. It brings people together

    In our busy lives with all the hustle and bustle, Dog Appreciation Month gives us the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with our dogs and replenish our attachment. People gather to celebrate their pets at different events and are united in their goal of saving the lives of many other dogs in shelters and streets.

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