National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year, on July 31st and December 2nd. Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, founded National Mutt Day in 2005.
Great holiday gift for the family, adopt a mutt from your local shelter. In DeKalb County, visit Tails Humane Society.
Please post a photo of your loveable Mutt.
No matter the breed, size, or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs experience injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home. Whether you know it or not, their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy increased physical activity. Another boost is social interaction through daily walks. While humans develop patience, their four-legged companion learns to trust and new limits. For example, as dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle, they usually discover shoes are off-limits.
Of course, most shelters always welcome donations and volunteers. Dogs love walking, playing, and being loved even if they haven’t found their forever home. Every moment they spend socializing increases their opportunity for adoption.