Mayday for Mutts - May
Sun, May 5, 2024

Mayday for Mutts

Mayday for Mutts is an American holiday dedicated to mongrels. It is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in May. On this day we should show concern for mixed breeds. Mixing different breeds leads to the birth of mongrel dogs that contain different genes. Such dogs are unfairly neglected.


The history of Mayday for Mutts can be traced back to 1983, when M.B.D.C.A. was founded. The club focused its efforts on breeding and caring for mixed breed dogs. Club members organized various shows, which helped many people stop seeing purebred dogs as the only beautiful and valuable representatives of these animals.

In general, attention to mixed breeds began to be paid only in the 20th century. This was due to the desire of people to cross two or more purebred dogs to get a new subspecies, which gathered the best of its predecessors. Thus, for example, a poodle with a particularly soft and fluffy coat was obtained.

Interesting facts

  • Most mongrels are found on the streets. Shelters don’t always have time to respond in time to take animals back to their homes, which results in them mating with other dogs and the birth of mixed breed puppies.
  • In their characteristics mixed breeds are no worse than purebreds and can also give a lot of joy to their owners.
  • The first dog shelter in the United States opened in 1883 in Ohio. It was called the Capital Humane Society.

How to celebrate

Help shelters with food, medicine, or funds. Take a mongrel from there if you’ve wanted a dog for a long time. We assure you will not regret such a choice!

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users if they have a dog. If so, is it a purebred or mixed breed? How do they feel about mongrels?

When is Mayday for Mutts celebrated in 2024?

Mayday for Mutts is observed on the first Sunday in May each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday May 5 2024
Sunday May 4 2025