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Join Us for Dogust the 1st - A Birthday Celebration for Rescue Dogs

DOB: Unknown. It's a sad fact of shelter life that rescuers at North Shore Animal League America and shelters nationwide have no choice but to make an educated guess when it comes to the age of the animals in their care. Approximate age in years is possible, but as to the date of birth? The pet's true birthday? It's just not possible.

So to give these wonderful pets their much deserved recognition, North Shore Animal League America has declared the first day of August as DOGust the 1st, a universal birthday for all shelter and rescued dogs.

Many pet parents select the adoption date as their Mutt-i-gree's birthday. Others choose their own birthdays, or pick a random date to celebrate their dog's big day. But every dog, especially rescue dogs, deserves a special day of his or her own.

And so DOGust the 1st was born. A celebratory canine holiday where everyone who loves a Mutt-i-gree can join together to demonstrate the importance of rescuing and adopting homeless and abused dogs.

To engage all dog lovers in this celebration, North Shore Animal League America is holding a birthday party on Friday, August 1st, at 10:00 AM. You and your rescued dog are invited to this bow-WOW birthday party. Just come to our campus and meet us under the tent.

Special adoption rates are in place for the entire DOGust the 1st Weekend, so whether you have a dog's birthday to celebrate - or want to start the tradition with a new rescue dog, come on down to our Port Washington campus and join the fun!

It's very likely that your new family member is waiting for you!

Adoption Specials

Friday, August 1st - Free adoptions for dogs six months and older
Sunday, August 3rd - Free adoptions for puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats six months and older
Friday through Sunday - Goodie Bags for adopters

In addition to our adoption specials, the caring team at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will be at our adoption headquarters from 10am – 3pm giving out their a-DOG-able® collection of truly original, hand-designed floral pups to all adopters as part of their Summer of a Million Smiles initiative.

Pet lovers can also celebrate DOGust the 1st by donating to North Shore Animal League America to help support our vital work. Founded in 1944, we are in the midst of our own 70th birthday celebrations. Your birthday present to the League will support all of our lifesaving programs and accomplishments, including...

  • coast-to-coast rescues of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens
  • continuous care at our world-class medical and pet health centers, where thousands of animals receive outstanding treatment each year
  • a safe, nurturing haven for pets awaiting permanent, loving homes
  • more than 1,000,000 animals rescued, nurtured, and adopted into loving homes

Can't Make the Party? Join us on Facebook & Instagram

If you can't join us under the tent, please show your DOGust the 1st spirit by participating in our Facebook and Instagram photo displays. Post a picture of your birthday celebration on August 1st using the hashtag #dogust. Your photo will become part of a DOGust Album that we'll share nationwide on our social media pages as a symbol of the importance of dog rescue and adoption.

And Happy Birthday, Dear Mutt-i-gree!
Happy Birthday to You!