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National Puppy Day 2024: What & When Is It?

Written by: Kristin Hitchcock

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

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National Puppy Day 2024: What & When Is It?

Who doesn’t love puppies? Given how cute they are, it isn’t surprising that puppies have their own day for celebration. Technically, this day isn’t considered “official” by any stretch of the imagination. This unofficial holiday is celebrated on March 23rd annually. It is a day to celebrate the joy that puppies bring into our lives and to raise awareness about the importance of adopting puppies from shelters and rescues.

National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, who wanted to encourage people to adopt puppies rather than buy them from pet stores or breeders.

Various events and activities mark the day, such as adoption drives, social media campaigns, and fundraising efforts for animal shelters and rescue organizations. However, there aren’t many official celebrations.

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Making a day to celebrate puppies doesn’t require much imagination, given how loved they are.

National Puppy Day was founded by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist, in 2006. The day was created to raise awareness about the importance of adopting puppies and celebrate their joy in our lives. The first National Puppy Day was observed on March 23, 2006.

Paige created the holiday in response to the growing number of puppies being abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or sold in pet stores. She believed that by dedicating a day to celebrating puppies and promoting adoption, more people would be encouraged to adopt puppies from shelters and rescue organizations instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders.

Since its inception, National Puppy Day has become a popular holiday celebrated by pet lovers worldwide. Various events and activities, including adoption drives, fundraising efforts for animal shelters and rescue organizations, social media campaigns, and more mark the day.

There are quite a few ways to celebrate this day, though it varies depending on where you are.

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How to Celebrate

How you celebrate National Puppy Day is completely up to you. Local celebrations tend to vary widely. You’ll want to watch local forums and groups for local events you can attend. Even if you don’t have any local events going on, there are several ways you can celebrate this day:

  • Adopt a puppy: If you’ve been considering adding a furry friend to your family, National Puppy Day is the perfect time to visit your local shelter or rescue organization and adopt a puppy needing a loving home.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter: Spend some time volunteering at a local animal shelter or rescue organization. You can help care for puppies and other animals, assist with adoption events, or organize fundraising efforts.
  • Share your puppy love on social media: Share photos of your puppies or favorite puppy pics using the hashtag #NationalPuppyDay. You can also share information about local shelters and rescue organizations to help raise awareness.
  • Host a puppy playdate: If you have a puppy or know someone who does, organize a playdate to let the puppies socialize and have fun.
  • Spoil your puppy: Treat your puppy to a special toy, treat, or outing on National Puppy Day to show them how much you love them.


National Puppy Day may not be an official holiday. However, there are many ways you can bring this holiday alive. For the most part, this holiday was created to bring awareness to puppies being dropped off at shelters and adopted out of pet stores. It’s meant to focus on the joy puppies bring and bring awareness to needy puppies.

With that said, this holiday doesn’t have a huge following. Therefore, you’ll often have to take the reigns when celebrating this holiday.

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