Happy National Dog Day! Every year on August 26th, dog lovers from across the United States gather both physically and virtually to celebrate and help “man’s best friend.” The list below contains helpful information and 5 ways that you can celebrate National Dog Day. Let the licks of love begin!

Kathie Lee Drops Dog on TODAY Show

01) Stay Away From Kathie Lee!

Back in October 2012, Kathie Lee dropped a puppy on its head. Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb have been known to have a few drinks while on the air. It might be a good idea to keep puppies and small children a safe distance from the TODAY Show studios in Rockefeller Plaza… especially after 10am. Luckily, the dog in the GIF above was unharmed.

In all seriousness, not everyone is ready to properly handle a dog, especially a squirmy puppy. In your celebration efforts today, don’t put your dog at risk or in situations that could potentially harm them.

02) Like The National Dog Day Facebook Page

When you get a chance, head over to the National Dog Day Facebook page and give them a Like. They post great dog information, updates on adoption events and funny dog photos all year long. Everyday can be a “dog day.” It’s a great Facebook page and definitely deserves a Like.

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03) Go to Petfinder & Browse

Petfinder.com lists pets from over 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. If you have space in both your home and your heart, then please go to PetFinder and take a look.

If you’re not ready to take on a full time pet, due to your work or travel schedule, then consider being a foster parent to a “pet in transition.” Even if just for a few weeks, there are plenty of local organizations that help in placing animals in temporary homes with loving caretakers.

04) Support Your Local Shelter

Most communities have a local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Humane Society or a small independent shelter that is in desperate need of both donations and volunteers. Contact you local shelter and ask them what items they might need. Chances are they need everything from food, bowls and to leashes and old towels.

And if you don’t feel comfortable donating money, then consider donating your skills. Design flyers or business cards, edit a video and post it on YouTube or write a blog post (like this one). Specialty skills can be extremely valuable to animal shelters and non-profit animal organizations.

05) Tell Your Friends!

One of the best way to celebrate National Pet Day is to talk about it with your friends. Share this post! The share links are below.

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