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We all love our dogs and with that celebrating them whenever we can. All you have to do is glance at the calendar to see how many national and international holidays are devoted to celebrating our canine companions.
So get ready to raise a paw to some very special pooches today, July 31st, as we celebrate National Mutt Day, a day devoted to recognizing, and embracing all the mixed breed dogs that share our lives and hearts.
In fact, mutts deserve so much recognition that we don’t just celebrate them once a year. December 2nd goes to the pups as well!
History of National Mutt Day
This unofficial holiday was created in 2005 by Colleen Paige, a celebrity pet and lifestyle expert, and animal welfare advocate. Its purpose is to recognize that mixed-breed dogs are just as amazing and loving as purebred pooches.
The day also serves as a reminder of the numerous mixed breed dogs still in shelters all over the country waiting for their forever homes. Many loving mutts have been overlooked as a result of the designer dog craze, further contributing to the country’s pet overpopulation crisis.
Here are a few ways you can spend National Mutt Day giving mixed-breed pups the respect and recognition they deserve:
1. Adopt a shelter dog
By adopting a shelter dog, you can help solve the pet overpopulation problem facing shelters, rescues, and animal welfare organizations throughout the country (and the world). Shelters are full of mixed breed dogs just waiting for people to adopt them and give them loving homes.
Mixed breeds are just as healthy, if not healthier than purebred dogs, because they are not prone to the same genetically inherited diseases. They are just as smart as purebred dogs and most importantly, their hearts are just as big.
2. Volunteer at your local shelter
If adding a mutt to your home won’t work with the family schedule, you can spend a day volunteering at a local animal shelter.
Shelters always need volunteers to walk the dogs, play with the animals, clean the toys and food dishes, and socialize the dogs. Continued socialization and interaction is key to keeping the shelter animals happy and healthy.
A well-socialized pet stands a far better chance of getting adopted. So, a few hours of your time can make a big difference in the likelihood of some mutts finding their forever homes.
3. Make a donation to an animal shelter
You can always make a donation to an animal shelter of your choice. Nationalmuttday.com says even $5 will make a big difference in the lives of those pups still waiting for people to give them homes.
Many shelters function primarily on grants and public donations, so any amount is much appreciated.
4. Donate food and supplies to shelters
Do you have dog or cat food leftover from a pet that recently passed away? Or do you happen to have a lot of extra, clean towels or blankets around the house that you meant to donate to Goodwill? Any animal shelter would be grateful to have these items.
All shelters need towels, blankets for the animals, dog and cat beds, and of course dog toys, paper towels, pooper scoopers, and many other supplies. Most shelters post wish lists on their websites.
If you don’t have any items, consider checking out the wishlist and purchasing a couple of bags of the dog food or treats the shelter uses. This will make the mutts’ (and the shelter staff’s) day!
5. Spread the word!
One thing everyone can do is spread the word. Let people who are thinking of adding a pet to their family know that shelters are full of loving, healthy mixed-breed dogs.
Let your friends and family know that they can help cut down on animal overpopulation, shelter overcrowding, and euthanasia of healthy companion animals if they choose to #adoptdontshop.
If you decide to add a mutt to your family on National Mutt Day, PetFirst Pet Insurance has you covered.
In addition to the items you will need for your new pet, there are routine costs and the costs for accidents and illnesses that may pop up. You can count on PetFirst’s Routine Rider Coverage options to help you pay for portions of preventative care for your pet in addition to coverage for accidents and illnesses.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat! From a small cold to big health problems alike. Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.
Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care.