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Dogs NSW celebrates and honours man’s best friend on National Dog Day

Every dog is somebody’s HERO
Dogs NSW celebrates and honours man’s best friend on National Dog Day

Dogs deserve the title ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for many reasons. They make wonderful companion animals, offering their humans unconditional love and many benefits to their physical and mental health. As the peak body for all purebred dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW celebrates and honours these amazing and loyal four-legged companions on National Dog Day on August 26. 

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed, and recognises the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. This special day also honours family dogs and service dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

“On National Dog Day, we celebrate the many ways that dogs enrich the lives of people and make enormous contributions to society,” said Lynette Brown, President of Dogs NSW.

Dogs NSW is the controlling body for all aspects and disciplines of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW, and is the member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

“Individual health benefits of dog ownership are widely known, and now we know that pet owners save the public health care system in Australia $2 billion annually in reducing the number of visits to healthcare providers¹,” said Mrs Brown.

Dogs also serve in a variety of working roles – from guiding the visually impaired, disabled or suffering from mental illness, to detecting bombs and drugs and locating those lost. Pet dogs also put their lives on the line to protect their families from disasters such as fires, earthquakes, drownings or even intruder attacks, she said.

Keep dogs in their homes, where they belong

On National Dog Day, Dogs NSW honours family dogs and working dogs that dedicate their lives to keeping people safe and bringing them comfort. Dogs NSW also highlights to the public the serious problem of dogs being surrendered to shelters, pounds, rescues and purebred clubs every year.

“We need to keep dogs in their homes, where they belong,” said Mrs Brown. “We can help do that by not only choosing a dog that fits into our personal lifestyle and interests, but also choosing a responsible, ANKC-registered breeder who will provide support for the lifetime of the puppy/dog.

“Ethical, Dogs NSW-registered breeders of purebred dogs are invested in the heritage of the breeds and dedicated to producing the next generation of healthy and sound canines.

“To help stamp out irresponsible breeding, prospective dog owners must educate themselves about the breed, any inherited diseases and recommended health testing for that breed. Potential owners should endeavor to work with responsible breeders to ensure they are getting the healthiest and most suitable dog for their lifestyle.”

For more information, visit www.dogsnsw.org.au