If you adopted a dog from a shelter, you probably don't know the actual date that your furry best friend was born.  Some people celebrate on the anniversary of the day they adopted their pooch.  Meanwhile, many others celebrate today - August 1st, aka DOGust 1st.

In 2008, according to parade.com, the North Shore Animal League declared August 1 as "the national birthday day for shelter and rescue dogs."

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The ASPCA says that 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in America each year and 1.6 million are adopted.

A good way to celebrate DOGust 1st is by making a donation to a local shelter.  Here are just a few in our area...

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Also, if you've been thinking about adding a pup to your family, today would be a great day to make it happen and petfinder.com is a great place to start your search.  Petfinder is "a directory of nearly 11,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico."