Pet lovers at North Shore Animal League America acknowledge that actual birth dates of rescue dogs are unknown. To give these wonderful animals their much deserved recognition, the animal league in Port Washington held a doggie birthday bash on Aug. 1, to be known hereafter as DOGust the First. This special date will now be the universal birthday for rescue dogs everywhere.

It was a star-studded affair with several stars lending their celebrity to this terrific cause. Beth Ostrosky, the animal league spokesperson, led the host of celebrities including:

Mya - Grammy award-winning recording artist and actress.

Rescue Ink - the Long Island-based animal rescues, humane education group, known for their tough-guy images and hearts of gold when it comes to animals.

Josh Flitter - teen actor, Nancy Drew Movie and the upcoming Ace Ventura 3: Pet Detective.

Vivien Cardone - teen actress, A Beautiful Mind, the WB television series Everwood, and starring in the soon-to-be-released family film, All Roads Lead to Home.

Brandon Hannan - teen actor, The Sopranos and appearing in an upcoming feature film Our Lady of Victory with Ellen Burstyn.

Hallie Kate Eisenberg - teen Broadway and commercial actress.

Beth Joy Knutsen and Bella Starlet Dog - competitors on the current CBS network hit show, Greatest American Dog.

And last but not least, pet celebrity Eli the Chihuahua, the 2007 Milkbone Dog Biscuit box model.

Ms. Ostrosky commented, "A birthday celebration is an opportunity to express our sentiments for one another. These wonderful animals, many still patiently waiting in shelters for their adopters, are so full of life and love and live to please us."

Dog lovers nationwide will be able to actively participate in the DOGust the First celebration by expressing their birthday wishes for their own pets, or even a family member's or a neighbor's rescued pet with a specially designed Happy DOGust the First e-card greeting. The greetings, with three colorful designs to choose from, can be sent from the animal league's website,

The celebration was an amazing and creative event, filled with fun and a lot of warmth. And readers can look forward to CATtober the First. Mark your calendar.

To preview some of the dogs and cats available for adoption at North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no-kill animal shelter, or to send a DOGust the First e-card, visit Logo
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