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The Mutt-i-grees® Initiative

Mutt-i-grees® is a groundbreaking initiative that furthers animal welfare in so many ways:

Generating Awareness of the Plight of Shelter Animals


Eight to ten million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter shelters each year in the United States. Tragically, an estimated 4 million of these wonderful animals are destroyed — destroyed at municipal shelters and other shelters that euthanize animals as a means of population control. At North Shore Animal League America, consistent with our no-kill mission, we work tirelessly to find homes for the animals we rescue.

Reducing Euthanasia — No Animal Should be Destroyed


Imagine, if 4 million pets are destroyed in the U.S. each year, that’s 10,950 daily; 450 hourly and almost 8 per minute. To reduce this statistic, we need to…

Create a Groundswell


Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy life and that’s at the heart of the Mutt-i-grees® Initiative — an effort to rally over 50 million shelter pet owners to spread the word that adopting an animal is the right choice. That’s why we’ve created the American Mutt-i-grees® Club. Learn more

Make Adoption the Responsible Choice


Imagine that one important choice — the choice to adopt a pet and not shop for a pet — made by one animal lover at a time, can save millions of pets each year and dramatically reduce the animal cruelty perpetuated by puppy mills that sell puppies to pet stores. Adopt a Mutt-i-gree ® Mixed Breed Dog

Educate the Next Generation


The Mutt-i-grees® Initiative will help educate the next generation of children to become more socially and emotionally aware. The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum builds important social and emotional skills — empathy, self-esteem, team building — helping kids to better care for themselves, the people around them, and animals. This innovative curriculum is being developed by the Animal League’s development arm, The PetSavers Foundation, in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century. Support the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum - Adopt a Classroom

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What’s a Mutt-i-gree®?


Adoptable animals are largely mixed breed pets, animals that we call Mutt-i-grees®, and when it comes time to obtain a pet, unique, healthy Mutt-i-grees® are an amazing choice.

Mutt-i-grees® Movement


The Mutt-i-grees® Movement is a movement that rallies millions of animal lovers to help end animal cruelty. As a unified voice, we can change the world for animals. Learn more about the Movement.