Celebrate National Puppy Day with Action News Now

March 23 is National Puppy Day. The holiday was established in 2006 as a way to raise awareness for the high number of dogs in shelters in need of a loving home.

Posted: Mar. 23, 2018 8:27 AM
Updated: Mar. 23, 2018 9:14 AM

Chico Calif.-- Today is National Puppy Day, a great excuse to celebrate man (and woman's) best friend.

The holiday was established in 2006, in an effort to raise awareness about the large amount of dogs who need adopting.

You'll probably see it trending on Twitter Friday, because who doesn't love a reason to share a photo of their dogs?

44 percent of all U.S. households have a dog, that's according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The ASPCA says, 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized.

Here in the North State, most of the area shelters are near capacity. So, if you think you could use a dog, go check out your shelter nearby. If you're not ready to do that, it's a great day to donate to one. Money can go towards keeping facilities and adoptable animals in great shape.

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