On November 1, 1998, Patrick McDonnell published the very first MUTTS “Shelter Stories” comic strip in honor of National Animal Shelter Awareness Week! The image featured Shtinky Puddin’ praising the shelter angels who fed, washed, and held him when he was lost — so he wouldn’t “feel so alone in this big ol’ world.”
In the last two decades, animals of all shapes, sizes, and species have appeared in Patrick’s biannual Shelter Stories series. Just like the animals who find themselves in real shelters, some were wayward pets looking for their guardians. Others were abandoned or “surrendered,” or strays hoping to find forever homes. Many found new, happy lives with adoptive families. Some waited. And waited …
Over the years we’ve received many messages from readers who said they were moved to adopt or volunteer as a result of MUTTS Shelter Stories. We’re grateful for these letters and and feel humbled to play a small role in making the world a better place for shelter animals.
Would you like to bring the joy of MUTTS Shelter Stories into your home, or share it with a fellow animal lover? Check out Shelter Stories: Love Guaranteed, a touching book that pairs more than 70 reader-submitted photos with 100+ Shelter Stories comic strips. For 2019, we’ve also created a Shelter Stories-themed Wall Calendar and Desk Calendar, both of which include special sections with tips for adopters.
You can also browse hundreds of Shelter Stories comic strips at the MUTTS Shop, where every purchase helps animals. Here are just a few of our favorites: