While it’s National Dog Day at my house every day, today it’s actually recognized on the internet. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share some precious pup pics with you on this special day, with a friendly tip or two peppered in on how to help dogs in need. Humans breed an abundance of dogs every year with a sad and staggering number of them ending up in shelters and being euthanized. These are statistics I can’t bare to fathom, so instead let’s put our energy and efforts into being a part of the solution. Milo and Gracie are the faces of the sweethearts you’ll be helping. Both rescues with hearts of gold, there are so many others like them who need our support. There are so many ways to help; here are some specifics:

Adopting a dog from your local shelter is an amazing thing to do, but if you can’t do that you can help out the animals by fostering a dog, volunteering at a shelter, walking dogs at your nearby rescue, or donating to a local shelter, the Humane Society, or the ASPCA. If you don’t have money to give, no problem! Dog food, toys, old linens, blankets, pillows, and bowls can be useful at most shelters.  If you have a friend or family member who is adopting a dog, offer to dog sit, lend an ear through the tough days, and see what support they need. The more dogs who find forever homes, the less dogs we have in shelters. And, here are 7 more surprising ways to let your skills lend a hand.