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 makewonderful companion animals, offering their humans unconditional love and manybenefits to their physical and mental health. As the peak body for allpurebred dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW celebrates and honours these amazing and loyalfour-legged companions on National Dog Day on August 26. ****

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed, and recognises thenumber of dogs that need to be rescued each year from public shelters, rescuesand pure breed rescues. This special day also honours family dogs and servicedogs 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 ofpeople 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 theAustralian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

“Individual health benefits of dog ownership are widely known, and now we knowthat pet owners save the public health care system in Australia $2 billionannually in reducing the number of visits to healthcare providers¹,” said MrsBrown.

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

Keep dogs in their homes, where they belong

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

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

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

“To help stamp out irresponsible breeding, prospective dog owners must educatethemselves about the breed, any inherited diseases and recommended healthtesting for that breed. Potential owners should endeavor to work withresponsible breeders to ensure they are getting the healthiest and mostsuitable dog for their lifestyle.”

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

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