December 2 is National Mutt Day. The day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige. According to Colleen’s website, “She is an animal behaviorist, interior designer, writer, photographer, author of The Good Behavior Book For Dogs (Rockport/Quarry Books), mother, wife and the brainchild behind a plethora of lifesaving philanthropic holidays, such as National Dog Day, National Cat Day, National Puppy Day, National Pet Day, National Wildlife Day, National Beach Day and many more.”
National Mutt Day was created as a way to raise awareness for mixed dog breeds in shelters around the country. The day is actually celebrated on December 2 and July 31. While you can adopt a dog at any time, it is during these two dates that Colleen focuses on to help the thousands of dogs in shelters find a forever home. However, if you are not able to adopt a dog, there are other ways to be involved and help. For example, you can volunteer with Operation Kindness, North Texas’ original no-kill shelter. You can also help spread awareness by posting on social media with the hashtag #NationalMuttDay and help encourage others to adopt.
“Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of purebred dogs – such as bomb and drug-sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the country’s most famous movie dogs is Benji, is a mixed breed Terrier.” – NationalMuttDay.com
Let’s help spread awareness and save these precious animals.