Tomorrow, July 31st is National Mutt Day and we wanted to share a few ways you can support mixed breeds in your community provided by Wild Earth, a pet food brand offering healthy, natural, protein-filled meat alternatives. National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.
Did you know that due to their greater genetic health, mixed breeds tend to be healthier, longer-lived, and better behaved than their purebred brethren? Furthermore, they are no less suited for important tasks such as bomb and drug-sniffing, search and rescue, and as service animals, than purebred dogs.
Below are some ways to celebrate mutt’s in your community on National Mutt Day by Wild Earth.
Adopt A Mutt
This is the most obvious way to help our a mutt in need. Animal shelters around the country are full of loving, healthy, mixed breed dogs looking for forever homes. Though you can go to Adopt-A-Pet or the Humaine Society you can also try http://mutt.rescueme.org/ which lists mutts available by state.
Donate Your Time Or Money To A Local Shelter
Local animal shelters are constantly in need of resources to care for unwanted pets. Write a check to your local shelter and if you can’t spare the cash, donate some of your time. Helping out in any way is a great thing to do for yourself and for the pups.
Be A Mutt Advocate
Share information about overpopulation at shelters, the dangers shelter dogs face, and the best tips to help keep the dog population in check via friends, family and social media. The more people know about a mutt’s plight, the more likely it will be that help will come.
Wild Earth makes it a point to help mixed breed dogs in need. The company encourages their staff to regularly volunteer at local animal shelters and they feature a shelter pet that’s up for adoption each week as part of “Shelter Pet Saturday.” And they recently held a national contest to find America’s Next Top Dog Model and all of the winners were mutts (check out this fun documentary about the contest).