Dogs bring so much joy to this world. Their goofy grins, wagging tails and silly antics always make us smile. All dogs deserve a loving family to call their own, but unfortunately, many are left homeless and alone.
National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness of the mixed breed dogs who fill our country’s shelters, waiting to be adopted. The observance, which is celebrated today, December 2, and on July 31, encourages dog lovers to either adopt a mutt in need, donate to a local animal shelter or rescue or become a volunteer.
If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, today would be the perfect day to do it. Maybe one of these mutts will be the one to make YOU smile.
Ellie is a sweet Terrier/Spaniel mix who is around 8 or 9 years old. According to Doggies911 Rescue in San Pedro, California, her owners turned her in just because she was getting old. How sad is that? She definitely deserves to spend her golden years in a home with a loving family.
Learn more about Ellie here.
Tonya is a spunky 2-year-old Border Collie mix. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C., is looking to place her with a foster family or, even better, a forever home. Like most shelter dogs, Tonya may need a refresher on housetraining. But, with Border Collie in her blood, you can bet she’s a quick study.
Learn more about Tonya here.
Sheena is a 7-month-old puppy who loves to play! She was found as a stray in West Virginia and taken to a shelter there. Now she lives with a foster family in Pennsylvania where she reportedly gets along well with her foster sibling. According to 2nd Chance 4 Life, Sheena does well in a crate and absolutely loves car rides! She also knows how to sit and lie down. We’re sure she’d loved to learn more commands. Will you be the one to teach her?
Learn more about Sheena here.
Looking for an adult dog with a lot of spunk? Well, look no further. Jimmy loves adventures, especially those that involve car rides. And when he’s not out exploring the great outdoors, he’s enjoying his other favorite pastime, un-build a bear. That’s right, according to Gateway Pet Guardians, the St. Louis, Missouri-mutt loves to tear apart stuffed animals and then show off his handiwork. He’s looking for a family to go on more adventures with… and to give him more bears to unbuild.
Learn more about Jimmy here.
Like his name implies, Husky mix Rebel is a bit of rebel (as are most Huskies). Believed to be around 1 or 2 years old, Rebel has a lot of energy and is super friendly, according to Georgia-based Releashed Rescue. If you’re looking for an outgoing pooch, Rebel just might be the one for you.
For more information about Rebel, click here.
Montanta is an 11-month-old American Pit Bull mix who was saved from a very full shelter in Texas. According to Lone Star Rescue, Inc., he loves to investigate everything, gets along well with other dogs his own size and temperament and is a loving boy who is quick to roll over and ask for a belly rub. C’mon, you know you can’t resist those baby blues!
Learn more about Montana here.
Astro is around 1 to 2 years old and is already well-trained, according to Field of Dreams Rescue in Vacaville, California. He sleeps in a crate at night and knows how to walk on a leash. He also gets along well with other dogs. He’s a gentle, yet playful dog who would do well with owner who has a nice yard for him to run around and play in. Did someone say fetch?
Learn more about Astro here.
Molly is a 1 1/2-year-old Basenji/Boxer mix who loves romping around in her foster family’s backyard. According to Paws & Co. Adoptions in Denver, Colorado, Molly will play any game: chase the squirrel, tug-of-war, tag with her foster family’s resident dog. She definitely has a lot of pep in her step!
To learn more about Molly, click here.
This adorable little lady was born in April 2015. Like most puppies, she is curious and playful. She also has a bit of an independent streak and always seems to look as though she’s raising her eyebrows, according to Furry Friends Pet Rescue, Inc., in Hopewell Junction, New York. She’s a girl after our own hearts!
Learn more about Honeysuckle here.
Ali is a young black Lab mix who loves to run and play. She gets along well with other dogs and is housebroken, according to Acadiana Humane Society in Sunset, Louisiana. If you have enough room in your heart and home, consider making Ali a part of your family.
Learn more about Ali here.
Buddy is about a year old and weighs around 12 pounds. This very cute Poodle mix had a rough start in life and, as a result, is a little protective of his people. He’ll need a loving owner to teach him that the world isn’t such a bad, scary place after all.
For more information about Buddy, click here.
Poco spent nearly all of her 12 years as an outside dog and had limited interaction with her owners, who recently brought her to the shelter because they were traveling too much. Despite being left to herself most of the time, she is still very sweet and loving, according to Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary, which is based in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Maybe she can spend her remaining years snuggled up in your house?
Learn more about Poco here.
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