Through the MUTTS comic strip, Patrick showcases the special bonds between animals and their guardians, and encourages readers to adopt (not shop) when welcoming a new animal family member into their home. When you adopt, you gain a new best friend, create more space in shelters for other animals in need, and give a deserving animal the chance to be loved by a new family.
Recently we asked MUTTS readers who have become adoptive animal parents to share their stories with us. Heads up — they’re going to melt your heart!
“We adopted our two cats from the local SPCA shelter. We had been looking after a friend’s cat, and our place seemed empty when she left. We went to see the cats in the shelter and left with Drew and his sister Missy.” — Dan
“I went to an animal shelter near a park to see the dogs they had for adoption. A doctor arrived with a puppy that he was taking to the vet. His name is Amaranto, and we’ve been together ever since. That was almost six years ago.” — María F
“My freshman year, I was really struggling with some unexpected things from fall semester. One Friday, I decided to make a trip home for the weekend — around the same time my dad saw a post from our local shelter about a litter of puppies. He showed my mom and said, ‘We’re moving soon, and they’re great lake dogs … want one?’ He picked one up and didn’t tell me since I was on my way home. It was a blessing from God to lift me up when I was down the most!” — Makenzie J.
“I never had a cat before. I went to the local shelter to see this little four-month-old kitten. He instantly stole my heart. I swear that he is the one who saved me. His name is Kylo Ren, but you can call him Kylo.” — Johnny
“I started volunteering at our local SPCA and began adopting from there. We had two foster failures with senior dogs. Abby was with us until she healed from surgery. The day the rescue was ready for her was when our old girl died, so she never left. Bentley was an old, stray mutt, and he stayed.” — Ellen D.
If you’re interested in adopting an animal friend of your own, check out PetFinder or Adopt-A-Pet to find animals for adoption at your local shelter. Already a proud adoptive parent? Awesome! Share your story with us in the comments!