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Also Known As...National Mixed Breed Dog Day

In every heart, there is a hole.
In every shelter, there is
in which to fill it.
~Colleen Paige

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. The biggest percentage of dogs abandoned and euthanized is due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals.


This special day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year, to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation, as approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. 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 day’s mission is to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes and to celebrate the amazing characteristics that the mix of breeds creates in each individual dog.

Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs - such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the country's most famous movie dogs is Benji, is a mixed breed Terrier.

So please visit your local shelter and find a new friend! If you can't adopt a mixed breed friend on July 31st or December 2nd, please donate at least $5 to your local animal shelter, as they all need financial assistance and every dollar counts! You can also volunteer to walk a dog, donate food and other supplies needed to your local animal rescue. PLEASE help end the overpopulation of dogs by spaying and neutering your pets.

Check out the story behind the official song for
National Mutt Day called "Second Shadow" sung and written by Matthew Thomas and co-written by National Mutt Day founder and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige

Check out the video below to learn more about the story behind the song.

Click here for a link list all streaming platforms to download. A portion of the proceeds from every
download goes to help save mixed breed dogs in need.

To help support this vital day, please consider making a donation (in honor of your dog), to our Emergency Medical Fund for low income families. While your gift is not tax deductible right now, it will help us greatly, to assist less fortunate families with vet bills and help animals receive the pain relief and medical care they need.

Meet some past winners of our
"World's Cutest Mutt" Photo Contest
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1st Place




Meet Some of the World's Most Famous Mutts!
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Sinbad was a mixed-breed dog that was one of two animals to be classified as non-commissioned officers by an arm of the United States military.

Laika - First Dog in Space

Laika - First Dog in Space

Laika was the first animal put into space by the Russians. It hurts our hearts to think of any animal being used this way. To honor Laika for her sacrifice and suffering, we're dedicating National Mutt Day 2016 to her memory.



Bobbie the Wonder Dog (1921–1927) was a dog from the U.S. state of Oregon who became famous for traveling 2,551 miles (4,105 km) from the state of Indiana, to return to his master's home in the city of Silverton.



Benji is the name of a dog who has been the focus of several movies from 1974 through the 2000s. It is also the title of the first film in the Benji franchise.



Spike was a lop-eared yellow Mastador (Labrador Retriever/ Mastiff mix) and a dog actor best known for his performance as Old Yeller.

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