AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re a dog-lover, it’s the best day of the year!

National Dog Day is celebrated on Aug. 26 each year to urge the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued every year. It was founded by Colleen Paige in 2004, on the day she adopted her first dog.

Here are some furry friend photos that KXAN viewers sent in:

The annual Clear the Shelters adoption event is Saturday, Aug. 27 in conjunction with participating Central Texas animal shelters which are offering waived or discounted fees for pets. Visit our Clear the Shelters page for information on local shelters and event locations and times.