December 6, 2015 7:07 pm admin
by Pamela Fitzpatrick
It was National Mutt Day earlier this week. This celebration actually falls on two days each year, July 31 and December 2.
Created in 2005, National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving, and celebrating mixed breed dogs. It was found Collen Paige, a celebrity pet & family lifestyle expert and ardent animal welfare advocate. Ms. Paige also founded National Dog Day, National Cat Day, and National Puppy Day, among others.
National Mutt Day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes. Remember Benji? That famous movie dog was actually a mixed breed Terrier.
There are many reasons to celebrate mixed breed dogs. Mixed breeds are often healthier than their pure bred counterparts. Mutts are often the “underdog” overlooked in favor of a specific breed. Tragically, they are also the largest percentage of dogs euthanized when shelters run out of room and resources. Puppy mills churning out (often unhealthy) purebreds and breeders creating designer dogs compound the problem.
The tide is starting to turn. Mixed breed dogs are being recognized for what they can contribute, being trained to perform jobs usually reserved for purebreds: bomb/drug sniffing, guide dogs, and search and rescue.
There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. If you have room in your heart and home, please adopt a mutt!! If you can’t adopt, consider fostering, or donating time or money (or both to a local shelter or rescue group.
The goal of National Mutt Day is to save 10,000 mutts July 31 and December 2 from coast to coast! Let’s help them!
For more information, please visit nationalmuttday.com
“In every heart, there is a hole.
In every shelter, ther is love in which to fill it” Colleen Paige
If you have a mutt you love, and you would like to share their story, please email me at email@example.com.