National Mutt Day: July 31
Today is the 17th anniversary of National Mutt Day in Charlotte (and everywhere else for that matter). Also known as Mixed Breed Dog Day, National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige, to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters all over the country and to educate the public about the millions of mixed breed dogs desperately awaiting their "fur-ever" homes.
National Mutt Day, is the perfect day to visit your local shelter and adopt a mixed breed dog. My dogs have all been mixed breeds. All came from our local shelters in the Charlotte area. There's never been the slightest doubt in my mind that they have been the most loving, smartest, and healthiest dogs we've owned. But I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm biased! When people would ask what our dogs' breeds are, my answer has always been "a pedigree mutt." I guess you could call me an Official Mutt Lover!
WHY MUTTS ARE GREAT DOGS TO ADOPT
There are great benefits to choosing a Mutt over a purebred dog and one of the most important ones is longevity. Mixed breed dogs tend to live longer and have healthier lives than purebreds. Pure-breed dogs can be prone to certain breed-specific diseases. Mutts are often healthier because they have a more diverse gene pool than pure-breeds. Genes from one specific breed can cancel out disease-causing genes in another. The result is a healthier dog which lives longer. I've seen it first-hand... our mixed breed, Gracie, lived a very healthy life to the age of 15. Now, we have Bingo, who is as smart and sweet and healthy as they come! And I expect to share many happy years with him.
Check out the:
(Of course, those of us who are parents off mutts/mixed breed dogs already know these 7 reasons!)
HOW TO HELP/SUPPORT NATIONAL MUTT DAY IF YOU CAN'T ADOPT TODAY:
If adopting a mutt today is out of the question for you, there are other ways you can show your support on National Mutt Day:
⇒ Volunteer to walk a dog.
⇒ Donate food and other needed supplies to your local animal shelter.
⇒ Make a donation to your local shelter in the memory of a loved dog who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Latka has a message for you just for National Mutt Day. Have a listen!
Listen to Latka! Here's a list of just three places where you can give a mixed breed dog in Charlotte its fur-ever home on National Mutt Day.
- Humane Society of Charlotte
- Carolina Paws Pet Adoption & Welfare Society
Greater Charlotte SPCA
- CMPD Animal Care & Control
Colleen Paige, the founder of National Mutt Day said it perfectly:
"In every heart, there is a hole.
In every shelter, there is love in which to fill it."
By the way, if you can't celebrate National Mutt Day today you'll have another chance on December 2nd, when National Mutt Day is observed once again.
This information about National Mutt (Mixed Breed Dog) Day is provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Greater Charlotte area residential real estate experts and mutt lovers/parents. We've been opening doors for Charlotte area home buyers and sellers and their four-legged family members for 20+ years.
If you're considering selling or purchasing a pet-friendly home in the Greater Charlotte area, I 'd love an opportunity to earn your business, exceed your expectations, and to show you why experience matters and how: