Katie's Diary

International Dog Day

26th August 2014

National Dogs Day is celebrated on August 26 to remind everyone about the number of dogs who need to be rescued each year.  It is also a great way of recognizing the value of family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.  

Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for the police, for the blind person they are supporting or for the disabled people they are serving.

People choose to celebrate it in many ways across the world. Some choose to adopt a dog from a local shelter or a rescue organisation, volunteer at a local shelter or offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

Others, who can’t have a dog of their own, for whatever reason, go out of their way to raise money for charities that support dogs or animal protection.

At ubu, dogs play a big part in helping the people we serve to gain confidence, feel love, affection and comfort, whilst supporting them with their everyday needs helping them live an independent life.

We believe that animals play a huge part in our uStep service and we believe that dogs should be recognised on this day, for how wonderful they are, the devotion and love they bring to people worldwide, as well as to all the people we serve on their path for independence. 


There are a number of charities that support dogs and help provide them to have homes with people who are both disabled and non-disabled. Below is a list of a few well known organisations as well as a brief description of each one;

Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Its aim is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction as well as rehoming dogs.

Support Dogs

Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with different medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs.

As a charity, they provide help with everyday tasks for people with physical disabilities, give warning of seizures for people with epilepsy and provide safety and support for children with autism and their families.

Guide Dogs UK  

Guide Dogs UK provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

The organisation trains and breeds dogs so they can provide the very best support for those with a visual impairment.

Blue Cross 

Blue Cross is a charity that finds homes for unwanted cats, dogs, small pets and horses across the UK. Their tailor made service means they can help each pet find the right person for them. They’ve been dedicated to the health and happiness of pets since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured they help give every pet a healthy life in a happy home.  

Dogs for the Disabled

Dogs for the Disabled is a charity that trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities, and families with a child with autism.

Through practical tasks their dogs offer freedom and independence, but in addition an assistance dog becomes a reason to go out, giving a new found confidence that opens doors to fresh opportunities including friendships, hobbies, education and even careers.

Don’t forget to follow u on @KatiesCalendar and tell us how dogs are part of your life.


Our unique care model has seen many of the lovely people we serve over the last 30 years care for and benefit from being around dogs. They are animals who are clever, can support those who are vulnerable to get around places and help them with their independence.

For those who have autism, a trained dog can remain calm in busy environments; helping an them to feel relaxed and safe. A dog also thrives on routine and follows simple rules, which can provide a structure for any adult who has autism as well as providing them with confidence.

Dogs can also help people with dementia maintain their routine, remind them to take medication, improve confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who will help them when facing new and unfamiliar situations. This can apply to people with other illnesses and disabilities too.

They will continue to be an important part of uStep supporting the people we serve in their day to day lives.

International Dog Day

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