In 2005, pet advocate Colleen Paige wanted to raise awareness of shelter animals in the hopes that shining a light on their plight would encourage dog lovers to adopt. Thus was born National Mutt Day celebrated on July 31st and Dec. 2 each year.
Ah mutts. It’s become an endearing term for all those pups of “mixed heritage.” The lab mix, the German shepherd mix, the “Heinz 57” and so on, there are millions of dogs who get picked up or left at shelters all over the country every year. These dogs have a lot of love to give.
If you have a mutt of your own, you can share your mutt’s photo on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed with #NationalMuttDay on Dec. 2. If you don’t have a mutt to call your own, you may be thinking of getting one. After all, mutts are cute and they’re grateful. Imagine your pup looking up at you with those soulful eyes full of gratitude. Are you melting yet? In this season of thanks, don’t forget the mutts.
Good for you! There are great pets to be had at the shelters. However, if you’re considering making one a permanent resident at your address, you’ll want to keep your head about you when you visit.
- First, be proactive in your pup selection. It’s exciting to go to the shelter and visit with all the wagging tails but don’t take home the first cutie you see. Talk with the staff and find out what they know about the dog’s temperament. You want to make sure you’re going to get a good fit.
- Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle. If you work long hours, a puppy or very active dog isn’t your best choice. An older, more calm dog will be a better fit. There’s nothing like puppy messes all over your living room floor just moments before your in-laws descend for the holidays to make things real.
- Other pets? If you have other dogs or cats, you’ll want to know if the dog in question will get along with your current furry companions. Some dogs are better as only pets while others will be thrilled to have company. The shelter staff can probably give you a good idea.
You can still celebrate National Mutt Day. Just share pics of your favorite mutt with #NationalMuttDay on social media.
Better yet, you can help your local shelter get their mutts adopted. Just finding their pages and share their prospective adoptees with your friends and family. The more people who share these pages, the more likely it is that someone will find their perfect canine companion online.
Happy National Mutt Day!