Israel will hold dog birthdays this year on July 1 and July 4, and there will be a petting zoo in the country’s capital, Tel Aviv.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the celebrations will take place in the towns of Neve Yaakov, Beit Hanoun and Beit Shemesh.
The announcement was made after the Israeli government approved a proposal to allow the sale of dog toys, with a goal of raising funds to feed the dogs, and the sale and petting of pets will be allowed to be done in Israel.
Israel is a pet-friendly country with a pet population of over 1.5 million, with an estimated 3.4 million dogs and 1.1 million cats.
The country’s pet industry has suffered in recent years from a lack of pet owners, especially for the countrys elderly population.
The Dog Breeders Association of Israel, the countryís main pet breeders’ organization, said in a statement it welcomed the government’s move, saying it was a positive step toward ending the economic crisis and improving the welfare of animals.
“This is a positive move that will be appreciated by the dog owners, who are already suffering under the economic collapse and have been seeking a way to protect their pets,” the group said in its statement.