DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs – August 1, 2019

Thu Aug 1

Unfortunately, too many dogs wind up in shelters because they cannot find a forever home. (Even worse, a lot of them are simply left on the streets.) August 1 is celebrated as the Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. Join us in celebrating their big day by sharing your love for these precious creatures.

DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs - History


ASPCA on the prowl

An ASPCA partnership with the NYPD resulted in a 200% increase in the number of animal cruelty arrests throughout New York City.

The 2000s

ASPCA increased efforts

The organization led the fight against battle puppy mills, dog fighting and other forms of cruelty. It also sent staff to the Gulf Coast to assist following Hurricane Katrina.


A big leap for animal protection

Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). At the time, the U.S. was not a friendly place for animals.


An idea takes shape

American diplomat Henry Bergh, on assignment in Russia, stopped a carriage driver from beating his fallen horse. He would soon devote all of his time to preventing animal cruelty.

DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs Activities

  1. Donate Your Time to a Shelter

    While monetary donations are helpful, shelters always need more volunteers. This DOGust, contact your local shelter for information on ways to help.

  2. Pamper Your Adopted Canine

    If you have an adopted dog, pamper him/her more than you usually do. A plush bed or a longer-than-usual day at the park. Anything that your furry friend likes.

  3. Make it a Complete Dog Day

    It's summer. Time for an all-day dog picnic. They'll love you for it!

3 More Reasons To Love Your Dog

  1. Your dog misses you when you're gone

    Dogs know our routines and habits. They also know how much time has passed. Dogs respond differently to being left alone for varying amounts of time.

  2. Dogs Can Smell Disease

    Dogs have the ability to smell certain organic compounds in the body. These can signal the onset of a disease, including cancer and diabetes.

  3. Dogs Have a Vocabulary of 200 Words

    When trained right, dogs can actually understand up to 200 words and commands. They can even perform rudimentary mathematical calculations.

Why We Love DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

  1. This day encourages adoptions

    Adopted dogs provide us with an unlimited supply of love and affection. It's a life-affirming and life-changing relationship.

  2. Shelter dogs have their day

    DOGust celebrates the less privileged canines out there — with a nod to all the people who actively work for animal welfare.

  3. It's one big party

    A birthday bash for millions of adopted dogs all on the same day? That's a lot of cake and ice cream — and dog treats, of course.