Today is National Puppy Day, and animal advocates say it's a day to keep the welfare of all dogs in mind.
For local animal shelters, it's a day to promote adoption of the wee whelps, as well as their more senior siblings. Pups are being promoted as an antidote to depression and loneliness, and as companions to help reduce blood pressure.
But, puppies require extensive house and behavior training. Animal shelter officials say that today is a chance to consider adoption, where you might do so, and what pet you might take home...
Central Nebraska Humane Society Associate Director Robyn Mays described her view of National Puppy Day goals: "It's a focus away from puppy mills, away from puppy stores, and focuses more on the adoptable dogs from shelters, the unwanted dogs, the pregnant dogs, the importance of spaying and neutering."
If you're interested in a pet, Grand Island's Central Nebraska Humane Society updates their website with photos of pets as soon as they are available for adoption.