International Dog Day, which takes place on August 26, is reflected in many ways in the world and in France. The annual celebration firstly wants to pay tribute to an animal which has – through its many qualities – been able to find a privileged place with man for many years. millennia. This date also aims to inform and act in favor of the sole canine who invited himself into our homes.
International Dog Day: August 26
International Dog Day is held every year August 26. The celebration was initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) with the aim of caring for and protecting the rights of man’s best friend. The day takes its origin from National Dog Day, celebrated in the United States since 2004.
International Fund for Animal Welfare: what is it?
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was established in Canada in 1969 by an activist of Welsh origin Brian Davies. The global non-profit organization has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations. From seals to elephants through koalas and dogs, the organization implements a multitude of actions in order to save animals by Danger on the planet. IFAW is present in more than forty countries. Its international headquarters are in Washington DC in the United States and its French representation in Reims.
What is International Dog Day?
International Dog Day was initiated by IFAW with a view to encouraging doggie owners and enthusiasts to celebrate and celebrate them. pamper. The organization works daily to improve living conditions dogs all over the world by supporting all projects dedicated to improving the quality of care which are lavished on them. On August 26, the initiatives undertaken at the international level intend to provide any type of information on the canine universe and act for the well-being of the dog while also emphasizing the mistreatment of which it is the object in distant lands and also at our doors.
August 26: an information day
On International Dog Day, the organizers are implementing initiatives emphasizing the connections that humans and dogs have maintained for thousands of years. The information relayed underlines this unique relationship through various facets:
- Domestication. The day of August 26 is a reminder that the dog remains the only domesticated species of the canidae family (which also includes the wolf, fox, coyote, jackal, etc.). At the age paleolithic, the game hunted by dogs and man frequently put them in competition. Hominids would then have quickly seen the benefits they could derive from aptitudes of the animal (keen sense of smell and hearing, speed and endurance). The first associations aimed to use the dog (wolf, at the time) in the activities of hunt and incidentally to guard the camp;
- Cooperation. In recent centuries, the many qualities of the canine have made it indispensable in certain missions that man has begun to entrust to it. Thus, it is called utility dog or dog of job when he performs tasks for which he has been selected and bred. By way of example, we can cite hunting dogs, guard dogs, sled dogs, herds, research (drugs, diseases) or assistance;
- The company. The dog has found an environment in which he has adapted wonderfully well. This ability toadaptation allowed the species to spread over the globe and to deploy a morphological diversity and behavioral admirable. This unique evolution in the animal world has generated a perfect integration in our societies urban and in our homes where he has become a full member of the family;
- The health benefits. Studies in support, the dog is a mine of virtues for his master. Thanks to the outings he needs and the sweetness that he lavishes, the doggie is a remedy in itself: improvement of health cardiovascular (stroking a dog has a beneficial effect on the heart rate and blood pressure), better physical shape, reduction of the level of stress, decrease in depression or even more active social life.
August 26: a day of action
If animal protection structures work on a daily basis, the date of August 26 sheds light on the phenomenon of mistreatment and abandonment and to raise public awareness of the canine cause. In this context, associations are encouraged to set up actions to promoteadoption of dogs. On this occasion, it is recalled that France holds the sad record European with more than 100,000 abandonments of domestic animals per year, including 60,000 in the summer season. International Dog Day taking place onsummer, organizations provide guides listing the natural sites authorized for hairballs and the list of dog care organizations so that each member of the family has a peaceful holiday.
To celebrate International Dog Day, everyone is invited to make a gesture according to its possibilities: adopt an animal, make a Don to an association, relaying information on the canine world or even sharing your happiness on the internet through Pictures or videos of his best friend!