National Mutt Day celebrates those non-purebred dogs that offer just as much love, if not more, than their full-blooded counterparts.
People actually celebrate National Mutt Day twice a year: on July 31 and Dec 2.
The day’s official website states National Mutt Day is also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day. Many shelters lovingly refer to mixed breeds as “Heinz 57” dogs. They insist that despite the lack of a purebred lineage, mixed breeds can provide just as much love and companionship.
Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige created the biannual celebration back in 2005. Mixed-breed dogs account for as many as 80 percent of dogs in shelters. Paige created the day to raise awareness about their plight and urge people to consider opening their hearts and their homes to them.
“Most pure breeds that end up in the shelter are generally rescued quickly by either the public wanting a ‘less expensive’ pure bred dog or by a pure breed rescue,” the site states. That leaves mixed breeds waiting for someone to give them a loving home. In some cases, they face a long, long wait.
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The website urges people to consider adopting a dog in need. If they can’t, the site asks them to make a small donation to their nearest animal shelter in honor of mixed breeds.