December 2nd is National Mutt Day! It’s the perfect time to celebrate and raise awareness for the beautiful faces of mixed breed dogs. Designer dogs may be what people mostly talk about, but mutts really do bring their own special spunk. However, because of the desire for designer dogs, mutts sadly have the highest risk of being abandoned and euthanized. The need for awareness is so great in fact, December 2nd is actually the second National Mutt Day of the year (after July 31).
Around 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds
Unfortunately, when pure breeds end up in the shelter they find homes much more quickly than the mixed breeds. Plus, because of the desire for purebred dogs there is also the factor of over breeding. Dogs are being bred without homes to go to and end up in shelters. Then the purebreds are usually picked over mutts, even though mutts can easily be the perfect new family member.
All of this is why Celebrity Pet & Family Life Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige created this special day. It helps shed light on the overwhelming amount of sweet pups being left behind. After all, mutts are amazing dogs too.
Mixed breed dogs tend to be:
- Better behaved
- Live longer
- Just as smart and capable as pure bred dogs to perform tasks
Each mutt is unique in their characteristics.They can be some of the most loving and dedicated companions you’ll ever have. And what’s even better is that you can snuggle your mutty knowing that you’re the only one in the world with a dog just like them.
How can you help celebrate National Mutt Day?
You don’t have to adopt every mutt in the shelter to help. There are a lot of other ways you can lend a hand, such as:
- Volunteer the walk or care for dogs on the weekend
- Donate at least $5 to the local shelter
- Donate food and other supplies, like leashes, collars, poop bags and more
- Look into adopting a special mutt of your own
While seeing any dog in need is hard for pet lovers, it’s good to know that we can help. And that’s why it’s important to remember all the lonely pets left in shelters every day. As a result, you will help save lives and bring smiles to people all over.
Do you have a beloved mix breed? Because we’d love to hear all about them! So, tell us about them in the comments below or on a Facebook page. Also, don’t forget to contact us to help care for your precious pup while you’re away from home.