Animal Writes
9 April 2000 Issue
MayDay For Mutts

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.


WHERE: Nationwide at animal shelters, humane organizations and pet-related businesses.

WHEN: Sunday, May 7th, 2000 and the first Sunday of each May thereafter.

Will coincide with celebration of Be Kind To Animals Week

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" <> 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,


Karen Derrico

[email protected] 

703-648-9066 (Northern Virginia)

Thank you in advance for spreading the word and for your support and participation in this very important event!

Source: [email protected] 

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