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National Dog Day, August 26, 2019

If you're always looking for reasons to celebrate the very existence of puppies, you have even more reason to rejoice than usual. National Dog Day 2019 is Aug. 26, and it is going to be epic. Because in cities across the United States, there are National Dog Day deals and freebies waiting just for you and your closest furball friend.

Founded in 2004 to encourage both celebration and adoption of pups of all types and ages, National Dog Day calls attention to "the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year," according to the day's website. The day also "acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort."

And for those of you who are considering bringing a pup friend into your family, National Dog Day founder Colleen Paige wants to remind you that adopting saves furry lives. "Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect," Paige says in a statement on the National Dog Day website. "Please consider bringing what was once considered 'unwanted love,' into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"

So how can you best celebrate National Dog Day? Fortunately for pup family members and admirers everywhere, many cities are playing host to an abundance of dog-friendly events so make sure to look out for dog happenings in your area.

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