National Mutt Day
Also known as
National Mixed Breed Dog Day
Colleen Paige in 2005
National Mutt Day celebrates mixed breed dogs, and was created by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, who also created days such as National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Day. The goal of the day is to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs by creating awareness about the great numbers of them in animal shelters that are in need of a home. Mixed breed dogs make up the largest percentage of dogs that are abandoned and euthanized, and make up about 80% of dogs in shelters. In an effort to further raise awareness, National Mutt Day takes place on two days during the year. The hoped for result of the day is that people visit animal shelters and adopt a mixed breed dog, or possibly donate their time and money to shelters.
How to Observe National Mutt Day
Celebrate the day by going to an animal shelter and adopting a mixed breed dog. If you can't adopt a dog at this time, volunteer at a shelter, or donate food, money, or other supplies to one. You could also celebrate the day by watching Benji, or learning about other famous mixed breed dogs: