When it comes to “howlidays,” Dec. 2 is going to the dogs! Literally! It’s National Mutt Day, an annual holiday that celebrates those lovable dogs without papers – mutts.
National Mutt Day
Animal Welfare Advocate, Celebrity Pet Expert and animal lover, Colleen Paige, created National Mutt Day back in 2005 in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public about the plight of the mutt. National Mutt Day encourages folks to adopt a dog-in-need from animal shelters across the nation instead of pet stores. This year’s goal is to help find ‘furever’ homes for 10,000 mutts. In an online interview, Paige said,
“I created National Mutt Day as an extension of National Dog Day, to facilitate the adoption of as many dogs from shelters and rescues as possible on that day and beyond. Mutts or mixed breed dogs, make up the majority of dogs in shelters. My first dog was a mixed breed and the best friend I ever had. I felt that promoting the positive characteristics of mixed breed dogs would help to encourage more people to adopt, rather than buying from a pet store which is supplied by puppy mills.
Puppy Mills are horrific places that abuse, neglect and torture dogs for financial gain. I think that if everyone adopted from shelters for the next ten years, we could make a huge impact on the overpopulation of unwanted dogs in America. Mutts are great family dogs, as they possess the positive characteristics of each breed in their DNA and tend to be very healthy, living long lives. I encourage people to adopt a Mutt on National Mutt Day, making that date, their dog’s birthday!”
Although the economy and unemployment rates are slowly improving, some people cannot afford to keep their furry friends and are forced to give them up and many shelters across the country have been inundated with surrendered pets. Many of these beautiful animals, through no fault of their own, will be euthanized.
If you have been considering opening your heart and your home to a neglected, abused, abandoned or unloved pet, please consider adopting a mixed breed animal, before it’s too late. He or she will make a wonderful addition to your family.
If you don’t have a local animal shelter in your neck of the woods or are looking for a specific color or type (mutt), please visit PetFinder. They have thousands of loving pets that are just dying to find a ‘furever’ home. And if you are unable to adopt at this time, please make a monetary donation to your local animal shelter in honor of National Mutt Day or offer to volunteer.
Please keep Fido and Fluffy safe this holiday season by avoiding the holiday hazards and dangers our furry friends can find. And speaking of holidays…
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