Celebrate National Mutt Day twice a year! The first National Mutt Day was celebrated in 2005. Over the years, more people have adopted mixed-breed dogs, and it’s become clear that we need to celebrate these dogs twice a year. It's also important to remember that just because your dog is a mixed breed doesn't mean it’s less healthy than purebreds. Some of the healthiest breeds are mutts!
National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.
Colleen wants us to celebrate, embrace, and save mixed breed dogs. Constant over-breeding has resulted in a high percentage of dogs being abandoned and euthanized. The public's desire for designer dogs or purebred puppies, sold to pet stores, are supplied by puppy mills. Sadly, these mills often produce ill and horribly neglected animals, leaving the mixed breeds unfortunately forgotten about.
July 31st is National Mutt Day. Why December the second also? That's because the holiday was created to promote awareness of pet rescue and adoption, with a special focus on mixed-breed dogs in need of homes during the holidays. Many families go to the local pet store to get a pure-bred puppy for their families, and we want to make them aware of all the mutts in shelters right now looking for their fur-ever home.
Why Adopt a Mutt
There are lots of great dogs out there lacking a home just because they don't have the right pedigree. But you can do your part to change all that. Getting any dog is a big responsibility, but a mixed breed will likely be healthier, happier, better behaved, and live longer than a purebred of the same age.
So Consider This:
We're dog lovers, and we all like happy endings. We know that you'll fall in love with a mutt as much as a pure-bred dog — and maybe even more! Every day is an opportunity to find your perfect match of paws and personality at your local shelter. If you’re considering adding a furry addition to your family this holiday season, please go to your local shelter or rescue to find your next fur-baby.
The shelters have dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. Short and stocky, tall and lanky, black, brown, white, young, and old. There is a dog waiting for you.
This National Mutt Day, we hope you will consider rescuing a dog and bringing one of these homeless pups into your family. They would love to show their gratitude and pay it forward! And if you don't have room in your home today, please make sure to stop by a shelter to volunteer your time or donate to help keep them fed, loved, and as warm as possible.