Even if your pup is spoiled, there are other dogs in your area that are not as fortunate. Breed-specific rescue organizations help dogs in need, saving them from short stints in kill shelters, placing them in loving homes, and footing the bill for important medical care. Look into rescue organizations in your area for a way to socialize your pup and give back.
As the proud owner of a black pug, I've been drawn to pug rescue organizations in my region. There are similar statewide and city-wide rescue organizations for all types of breeds. Last spring, our spoiled dog enjoyed a day of pug fun at the Bluegrass Pug Fest, hosted by Kentuckiana Pug Rescue, the organization that supports Indiana and Kentucky pugs in need. This annual event included all sorts of dog-focused fun: homemade dog treats for sale, pug paraphernalia to purchase, and auction items to bid on. We entered our pug in the surprisingly competitive pug races (he finished second in a photo finish), along with the costume contest and the banana-eating contest. Sure, these events might seem silly, but all of the money raised through the event supported the organization's rescue efforts.
KPR is just one of thousands of rescue organizations across the country. If you're fond of a particular breed, why not spend some time helping dogs in need in your area? You can foster a dog while it waits for a forever home or screen applicants interested in adopting. You can call shelters or check their websites to see if any dogs need to be rescued. Or, you can simply attend the organization's fundraising events, like I did at Bluegrass Pugfest, to have a fun day with your dog and family while helping other pups in need.