Shelter Dogs Treated To Special Birthday Celebration

Did you know that August (or rather, Dogust) 1 is known as the Universal Birthday for shelter dogs? For many, if not most, of the dogs at animal shelters, the true date of their birth is usually unknown – thanks to the North Shore Animal League America, shelter dogs get to have Dogust 1 as their birthday.

Dogs at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center (BARCS) were given special treats on Dogust 1 to celebrate their special day. BARCS announced the special day to Facebook followers:

It’s Dogust 1st, the official birthday for all shelter dogs that have never known their birthday or lost it along the way. To celebrate our wonderful dogs, we’re throwing a birthday party! Our animal care staff is going to give every dog in the shelter (we have 100 residents today!) a gourmet, frosted cookie.

And streamed a video of the cookie handout to its followers – especially one special supporter of the shelter who was responsible for the gourmet cookies that each dog received. BARCS explained:

This morning we were contacted by BARCS supporter Mary H., who wanted to celebrate this special holiday by purchasing a cookie for each of our dogs. With the help of our generous friends at Pet Valu – US, she did just that! She’s watching along with each of you to see this dream come true. 

With balloons, party hats and a bucket full of gorgeous cookies, shelter employees walked the kennel aisles and personally handed each pup their own birthday treat. Some of the dogs jumped to the door, eagerly accepting their cookie, while others patiently waited for the treat to be handed to them, tail gently wagging in appreciation.

BARCS is using the birthday celebration to help promote adoptions throughout the month – the shelter stated:

Also in celebration of Dogust 1st, dog adoptions for the entire month of August are just $20 which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and Baltimore City Pet License for city residents. Spread the word!

Happy Birthday, pups! We love you.

You can find all of the dogs who are waiting for a home at BARCS at this link.

Follow BARCS on Facebook here.

(Images BARCS and Pixabay)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.