National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by pet expert and author Colleen Paige, who encourages people to adopt dogs from shelters and/or donate $5 to their local shelters. "In every heart there is an empty space... in every shelter, there is love in which to fill it... Adopt some love this day and every day," Paige writes on her website.
Local shelters include the Southampton Animal Shelter.
While dogs are not permitted at beaches in the Town of Southampton from April 1 to Oct. 1, dogs are permitted on Trustee/Town Access roads from July 1 to Sept. 5, during the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Here is a list of places they are allowed:
- Cold Spring Road, Tuckahoe
- Dolphin Lane, East Quogue
- Flying Point Road, Mecox Inlet
- Gibson Lane, Sagaponack
- Mermaid Lane, HamptonBays
- Ocean Road, Bridgehampton
- Peters Pond Lane, Sagaponack
- Roads H, I, L,and K, HamptonBays
- Sunset Avenue, Hampton Bays
- Triton Lane, East Quogue
- East Landing Road & West Landing Road, Hampton Bays
Dogs are also allowed at the following parks, though they must be leashed:
- East Quogue Village Green, East Quogue
- Ed Warner Marine Park, Hampton Bays
- Hampton West Park, Westhampton
- North Sea Community Park
- SYS RecCenter
- Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays
- Squiretown Park, Hampton Bays
- Trout Pond Park Preserve, Noyac
Animal waste must be removed or dog owners could be fined.
For more, visit the Town of Southampton's website.