#nationaldogday 2019

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Happy National Dog Day from #TeamIRC! 

IRC staff are a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving bunch. So it probably comes as no surprise that we are “dog people.”

We asked our staff to share photos of their furry friends for National Dog Day.

National Dog Day, founded by animal advocate Colleen Page, is celebrated August 26, every year!

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds! 

The holiday has a mission of bringing awareness to the number of dogs that need to be rescued.

National Dog Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge our beloved family pets!

This holiday also recognizes service and working dogs who perform important jobs alongside their human counterparts.

You can learn all about National Dog Day, its history, and how to celebrate at nationaldogday.com!

IRC would like to wish an extra special National Dog Day to staffer Juan Castro-Granger and his dog Kuma, who Juan rescued from our very own parking lot! One day while out on a walk around the IRC campus, Service Coordinator Juan Castro-Granger spotted a matted little pup running around our parking lot. Juan told us his first reaction was, “Poor little guy. He’s so matted. His skin must be super irritated. I honestly really felt bad for him.” The puppy received help from IRC staff as well as the team at Lighthouse for the Blind, our neighbors across the street. He was given cool water and a shaded spot to wait while Animal Control was called. Juan’s curiosity was piqued, so he went by to see the little dog. Juan pet the shy puppy who immediately took to him. The dog started walking circles around Juan and leaned in to be pet. Well, that was it for Juan, who ended up taking the little guy home! After being groomed, the little dog looked like a teddy bear! His name, Kuma, means “bear” in Japanese.

Juan says this about Kuma, “He has been an amazing addition to my family. Little did I know he would pick me when I most needed his cheer and unconditional love.” Kuma is thriving with Juan, his husband Jimmy, and their lady pups, Keiko and Snowflake!

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