National Dog Day falls each year on August 26, celebrating all breeds of canine and aiming to raise awareness of the dogs in need of rescuing or rehoming.
Since 2004 the day has recognised dogs for their hard work and simply for their role as a staple member of any family.
In celebration of the day we have a round up of some of the local dogs looking for a place to call their home.
Lionel, whose picture can be seen at the top of the article, is a seven-year-old Lurcher based at Dogs Trust in Harefield .
The trust describe him as "a lovely lad who’s had a bit of a ruff ride recently - having been overlooked a few times.
They say: "He is a super clever boy who knows several commands such as paw, sit and lay down."
Based at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, four-year-old tommy is a dog with a playful personality.
He was a stray before being brought to the Home and at the time was extremely frightened of everything and everyone.
The Home say: "Tommy needed some TLC from Battersea’s staff to help him build up his confidence but his true, giggly nature soon emerged.
"He loves people, but can still be a bit shy at first around other dogs, so he’s looking for a family who are willing to work with him to help him build up his canine confidence."
He is looking for a quiet home away from the busy city centre and a garden would suit him just fine.
Five-year-old Malamute Diesel is usually found with a smile on his face and is an independent chap who is often happy in his own company.
He is partial to a countryside walk or two though.
He came to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after his owner's circumstances changed and they were no longer able to look after him.
Ola is a two-year-old Staffie/Dalmatian cross and has been at Battersea for just over three months.
She does have a happy-go-lucky attitude but finds kennel life rather stressful so is looking for a loving family to take her home.
A house with a garden would be suitable along with owners who can keep her active with lots of walks.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home say: "Ola loves people and would love to live in a home where people will be around for most of the day.
"She will reward anyone who takes her home with years of joy and smiles."
This little two-year-old had been living as a stray when he arrived at Battersea's Old Windsor centre.
He was underweight but still "bounding with enthusiasm", according to the Home.
He has been in the kennels for more than a year and the Home says he has been in the kennels for far too long and now deserves a shot at happiness.
Grandma of the group, eight-year-old Jaybee is searching for a comfy retirement home.
This little four-legged friend came to the Home after her owners moved house and were unable to take her with them.
She would ideally like to retire to the country with a loving family to look after her.
If you have been tempted by any of these cute faces, you can find out more information about rehoming Linoel by heading to the Dogs Trust website or calling them on 0300 303 0292.
For more information about rehoming any of the other dogs, call Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 0843 509 4444 or head to their website .
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