I'm very excited to announce that the first Sunday of
each May has been officially declared as national "MAYDAY FOR MUTTS!"
Following are brief details on the event. Please spread the word to any
animal shelters or humane organizations you can! Cross posting to any
appropriate lists would be greatly appreciated.
WHAT: MAYDAY FOR MUTTS
WHERE: Nationwide at animal shelters, humane
organizations and pet-related businesses.
WHEN: Sunday, May 7th, 2000 and the first Sunday of each
Will coincide with celebration of Be Kind To Animals
WHY: A national observance day to promote the adoption
of mixed-breed dogs and to honor those past and present. An estimated
75% of all dogs entering U.S. animal shelters each year are mixed-breed
WHO: In order to bring attention to this sad statistic,
Karen Derrico, author of "Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of
Breed" <http://www.newsagepress.com/books/mutts.html> has created
national "MAYDAY FOR MUTTS" a day dedicated to dogs of blended heritage.
To promote and increase adoption of mixed-breed dogs
To promote and increase adoption of older and disabled
dogs (purebred or mixed)
To put an end to all canine discrimination
To educate on spaying and neutering (there can never be
too much of this!)
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Animal shelters, humane organizations
and pet related businesses around the country will participate by
incorporating MAYDAY FOR MUTTS into their weeklong celebration of Be
Kind to Animals Week (May 7th-13th this year.)
Participating groups will hold various mutt-related
activities and events, and distribute literature containing information
on: myths and facts about mutts, adopting a mutt, listings for
mutt-specific activities, events, websites, etc., spaying and neutering,
adopting older or disabled dogs, and U.S. dog statistics. Humane groups
will also be selling copies of "Unforgettable Mutts" as a fundraising
item to benefit animals in their care.
A national PR campaign is underway to promote MAYDAY FOR
MUTTS. Karen Derrico will be appearing on various radio and TV talk
shows to discuss the purpose and goals of the event.
WHO TO CONTACT: If you work for or volunteer at an
animal shelter, humane organization or pet-related business and would
like to receive MAYDAY FOR MUTTS literature and event suggestions, or
are interested in purchasing copies of "Unforgettable Mutts" at a
special non-profit discount to sell as a fundraising item,
703-648-9066 (Northern Virginia)
Thank you in advance for spreading the word and for your
support and participation in this very important event!
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The Heart by Marc Bekoff
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