National Mutt Day - July 31st
National Mutt Day was started by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate. The purpose of National Mutt Day was created to celebrate the importance of mutts, and to encourage prospective pet parents that mutts are just as worthy of love as pure breeds. It is celebrated two days a year, with July 31st being the first day to bring awareness to the lovability of mutts.
According to HelpAMutt.com, 75% of dogs that are brought to a shelter are mutts, making it very simple to find a new mutt four legged family member. But what are other reasons to adopt a mutt? While there are too many to count, one is life span, because mutts tend to have a longer life than purebreds due to their genetic make-up. Some purebred breeds are known to be susceptible to a certain kind of ailment, so when a dog is mixed, they are often healthier because genes from one breed can counteract the disease-causing genes in another.
Mutts can be found at humane societies nationwide, and come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes, coat colors and patterns. Mutt pet parents can always mention in conversation how awesome their dog is because mutts are always one of a kind! Even littermates can look different from each other. Through many years, certain purebred dogs have been developed and trained for specific tasks such as guarding, hunting or herding. While these traits can be exactly what some pet parents may be looking for, sometimes it can also be a little too much to handle. Mutts, because they are a mix of traits, are often easier to train and are more laid back, and have been show to score higher than purebred dogs in stability, friendliness, shyness, aggression and protectiveness. If a pet parent is interested in the genetics of their pet, they can ask their vet to give their pet a DNA test. Pet parents may be surprised at what they find!
In honor of National Mutt Day, consider making a financial or supply donation to a local animal shelter, who can continue to help mixed breed pets find loving homes. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are just waiting for a loving human to give them a home. If not able to adopt, people can also volunteer their time to a shelter, and encourage others to adopt a new companion or volunteer and spread the word about mutts. Every mutt that is adopted is one less dog purchased from a puppy mill, which means less money for mill operators. So get involved in National Mutt Day and spread the word on social media sites. Use the #NationalMuttDay, share the official Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuttDay and encourage others to get involved.