Yello! It’s some, some, summertime!

Since our last newsletter, the online MUTTS community seems more active and engaged than ever. On National Pet Memorial Day, hundreds of you shared your Rainbow Bridge stories with us — and we watched as our amazing community of readers offered hugs and support, even from afar, to those experiencing recent loss. When Ali from Team MUTTS wrote about finding a stray shih tzu, many of you inquired about adopting the dog. (This sweet pup ended up finding a forever home, by the way.) We also heard from a reader, age 19, who emailed us just to say the daily MUTTS email is an appreciated source of positivity in her life.

I speak for the entire team when I say we feel honored that you share these messages and important parts of your life with us. Thank you.

Here’s a bit about what’s been happening lately.

This fall, Team MUTTS will launch “MUTTS Social for Shelters,” an exciting new program that will provide free, curated social media content for animal shelters and rescue groups. This content will consist of MUTTS comic strips and other images (similar to what we usually post on FacebookInstagram, and our other social channels).

Our goal? To help shelters — big and small — boost their social media presence and get even more animals adopted. We will begin with a one-month pilot program on August 1, and we’re looking for shelters interested in participating. If you work or volunteer at a shelter or rescue group and would like to join our pilot program, click here to fill out a short questionnaire or visit our blog for more info about the project.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a seal release facilitated by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a wonderful non-profit organization based in Brigantine, New Jersey. The MMSC has responded to thousands of marine animal strandings since its founding in 1978.

At the release on June 18, which took place at New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Beach, three grey seals — two females and one male who had become injured and stranded due to ocean pollution — were released into the wild by MMSC staff. I was one of the animal lovers who watched from a distance. Seeing these rehabilitated seals make their way back into the water was a moving experience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness it. You can read more about seal releases in this MMSC event write-up by MUTTS guest blogger (and ASPCA’s 2016 Kid of the Year), my friend Willow Phelps.

How can you help marine mammals (and all sea life)? One easy thing you can do is shun plastic straws.

As you likely know, I have long admired Dr. Jane Goodall and all she does to speak up on behalf of animals and the environment. On July 14, I invite you to join me in celebrating the first annual World Chimpanzee Day, in honor of the day in 1960 when Dr. Goodall first visited Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park.

The goals of this special occasion include raising awareness about the threats chimps face in the wild (like habitat loss and wildlife trafficking) and promoting their proper care in captive situations. We will be sharing chimp-related posts on the MUTTS blog and social media channels leading up to July 14, but in the meantime, you can also learn more by visiting

Here’s to a great summer where we can continue to show kindness to animals and each other.


Comments (25)

What a wonderful teacher you are! Teaching children about animals and kindness at the same time! God bless you and your students!

Carole Gauger

Hi Reg,

I spoke with Patrick and he definitely recalls meeting you in Illinois. He did get your package a year ago and truly appreciates all you do for animals, particularly rescues. He regrets that he is so far behind in responding to his mail. I’ve forwarded your address so he can reply.

— Ali from Team MUTTS

Ali Datko

My thoughts exactly!!

Elke Romer

Thank you Patrick from me and the entire planet
Luv mew,
Mr. Meowgi🐾
Little wolf🐺

Jules Desalernos

Patrick, we are so humbled and proud at the same time that you attended our seal release! Thank you for mentioning our name and website! We hope to see you again soon.

Sheila Dean


Hi! You have no idea how good it is to see a strip about the lives of shelter animals. You are amazing. I own so many works of yours, as well as your shirts and jackets. I have helped you a adoption organization for close to 5 years and now I will be helping with a rescue group. Thanks for everything you do.


Thank you so much for giving me my first morning chuckle. I can always count on Mutts being in my email and making me smile. I appreciate all the things you do for animals and I try to help out. I adopted three tabby’s from Clifton Animal Shelter. I feed two strays on my deck. I put out food for the birds and water when it’s really hot. I purchase a lot of stuff on your website which I know some of the money will be donated. I love the quality of everything I’ve bought. So again thank you for watching out for all our furry friends. There is a special place in heaven for people who are kind to all of God’s creatures.

Maria Lamm

Thanks Patrick; You have the VERY best way of spreading empathy for others…..thru example, and your illustrations.

By the way I did meet you at a Book Signing Event in Naperville, Illinois a little over a year ago. It was a wonderful experience. I did follow up with sending you a package of materials, artwork, posters and tee shirts that I do to help get the word out about the cruelty of 24 Hour Chaining of Dogs. I followed it up with 3 cards to you later on. I’ve never heard back from you. Now wondering if they ever arrived? I sent all of them to the New Jersey address that Matt sent me, whenever I’ve purchased MUTTS collector strips. ( which I’ve done 8 times now )

Do you recall receiving ANY of them?

Reg Green
110 Sunrise
Loda, Illinois 60948

Reg Green

Hi, Patrick! I’m forwarding the Newshletter to our shelter. By the way, I bought myself a metal straw that I carry around. Good conversation starter.

Kate Karp

My mutts calendar brightens many of my mornings! Of course, the shelter strips bring tears yet it is wonderful how you are getting the awareness out there! Thank you for all you do! <3

Kristi Campbell