Many of us are familiar with the cute and quirky “MUTTS” comic strip from our local newspapers. Earl and Mooch are lovable canines with personalities that many of us can see in our own furry best friends. What you may not have known is that award-winning creator Patrick McDonnell is a huge advocate of shelter adoption and even uses his comic strip to encourage people to adopt from shelters.
It started twenty years ago, McDonnell told iHeartDogs:
In MUTTS I try to view the world ‘through the eyes of animals’. My comic strip characters, Earl and Mooch, both have loving guardians in loving homes. It made me think about all the dogs and cats waiting in shelters for that same experience. Around the same time The Humane Society of the United States asked if I could do something for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. So that began my twice yearly weeklong series, Shelter Stories.
McDonnell adopts all of his own pets as well. They currently have a Jack Russell Terrier name Amelie, who they adopted from Animal Care Centers of NYC through Post Pets, a rescue group. They recently lost their formerly feral cat, Ootie. McDonnell said it’s difficult not having a cat around the house and they plan on adopting soon.