It’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an occasion celebrated annually during the first full week of November!
Every year, Patrick McDonnell dedicates two weeks of his daily MUTTS comic strip to “Shelter Stories,” a recurring series that coincides with the event and highlights the importance of animal shelters and adoptions. For years, these beloved, tug-at-your-heart strips (many inspired by true stories) have encouraged MUTTS readers to adopt — not shop for — their furry or feathered family members! It’s a truly remarkable cycle of inspiration and goodwill.
To honor this year’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite Shelter Stories strips that give kudos specifically to those who dedicate their lives to helping animals.
1. “Paid in Kisses” | November 6, 2015
2. “Unconditional Love” | February 6, 2016
3. “High Five” | February 2, 2016
4. “The Best Medicine” | November 10, 1999
5. “Kittenhead” | November 6, 2016
6. “What I Learned” | November 12, 1999
7. “Katrina” | November 10, 2005
8. “Rachel” | November 11, 1999
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a terrific time to support your local shelter by volunteering, donating supplies, or — yes, of course — adopting an animal! Visit the Humane Society’s handy Find Your Local Animal Shelter page to locate one near you.
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