DOGust 1st was a date picked by the North Shore Animal League America to symbolize the birthday of all shelter dogs across America. This “birthday” applies to dogs who don’t have an official record in place. Shelter workers can estimate a dog’s age, but they can never know precisely when they were born and nobody wants to see a dog go without a birthday! When these dogs are adopted, their new family might give them a new birthday, but for those without a home, this date serves as a universal celebration.

North Shore Animal League America uses this date to work with shelters across the country to promote adoption and acceptance of shelter dogs into new forever families.