Mayday for Mutts is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. In 2022, that falls on May 1!
It’s a day to spread the word about all the great things mixed breed dogs have to offer, promote animal shelter adoption, and show everyone that a dog’s individual personality is more important than their pedigree.
We also include senior dogs and dogs with special needs in this celebration because, like street dogs, people are more likely to overlook them and leave them in shelters without a forever home.
Purebred dogs deserve love too, but mixed breed dogs make up about 75 percent of dogs in animal shelters, so they need a little extra help getting adopted, especially during Mayday for Mutts.
The demand for purebreds often causes puppy mills and backyard breeders to produce puppies for profit without concern for the welfare of the animals they operate, and many of those animals end up being dumped or placed in shelters as they cannot be sold.
That’s one of the many reasons it’s so important to let people know that breed doesn’t matter when it comes to saving the life of a dog that will love you forever. You can help mutts find families and homes, save them from euthanasia or shelter life, and celebrate your own love for all mutts on this special day.
Here are some things you can do for mixed breed dogs on Mayday for Mutts!
Tell people how awesome Mutts are
You’ve probably had enough of your own stories of a mixed breed dog — or maybe multiple mutts — coming into your life and giving you more love than you ever thought possible. It’s important to share those stories with friends and family, as well as on social media, to get the word out.
There are too many harmful myths about mixed breed dogs that simply aren’t true, and sharing your story can help dispel those myths.
Some people think that getting a purebred dog guarantees that they will have a dog with a certain personality, or that they will be easier to train, or that they will have fewer behavioral problems. Unfortunately, many purebreds have also ended up in shelters because their former families didn’t get what they expected.
The best way to find a dog to love, manage, and fit your needs and lifestyle is to actually interact with shelter dogs, regardless of breed. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and while breed can influence certain traits, it is not the only factor that determines a dog’s personality.
What’s so great about mixed breed dogs?
Take the time to talk about mixed breed dogs on Mayday for Mutts and explain what makes them so great.
Here are just a few things about mutts that we know and love:
- Mutts are often healthier than purebred dogs. They have more variation in their lineage, meaning that genetic diseases associated with recessive genes are more likely to be suppressed by dominant genes. Shelter dogs can get infectious diseases more easily because they live in facilities with other dogs, but infectious diseases can often be cured or vaccinated. Genetic diseases are not so easy to treat or cure.
- They are cheaper than purebreds. Check out what breeders charge for purebred dogs and see what a shelter dog costs. Breeders can charge thousands of dollars, while shelters usually charge only a few hundred, maybe even less if they have a discount event or sponsor. Your adoption costs can cover vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchips and much more. You get a bargain for all that.
- They have a lower chance of being stolen. Dognappers are more likely to target purebred dogs because they can sell those puppies for a higher price.
- Mixed breeds are more unique. You have a dog that is special to you and that doesn’t look like anyone else’s dog.
- Mutts often inherit the best traits of each of the breeds from their parents. They have a personal grab bag that might be just what you’ve been looking for all along without knowing it. That’s why it’s so important to play with and get to know dogs at the shelter, rather than relying on breed stereotypes to make your decision about which dog to bring into your home and family.
Volunteer at a shelter
A great way to help dogs is by volunteering at a shelter. Some shelters even have Mayday for Mutts adoption events and may need extra help.
Volunteering is a great way to help animals at the shelter, but you should always call ahead and ask what kind of help your local shelter needs and what positions are available. Many shelters also have requirements for volunteers.
Even if you can’t work directly with the mutts and other animals at the shelter, you can still help promote your local shelter by sharing their adopted animals on social media and running fundraisers or fundraisers through your school, business , group or club.
There are countless ways to help, and mixed breed dogs will benefit from your efforts by getting the care they need and possibly meeting their forever family.
Spread the word and save lives
Most people you know have probably never heard of Mayday for Mutts, so spread the word. The more people we can get to talk about mixed breed dogs, the more likely we are to get some mutts out of shelters and homes where they belong.
Use this day as an excuse to share social media posts about adoptable mutts in your area.
Consider fostering a mutt. They will benefit from family life, exercise and socialization, and even if you can’t adopt, you may know someone who would love that dog’s personality and take them home.
Let’s work together to make this Mayday for Mutts a success!
What other ways can people help mixed breed dogs on Mayday for Mutts? Do you have any great stories about mutts that meant a lot to you? Let us know in the comments below!