Is Your Dog the Cutest Mutt Alive?

Let’s face it, all canine companions are cute and irresistible, but there’s something about mixed-breed pooches that makes every single dog one of a kind! We can’t get enough of their cuteness, so we’re giving you a chance to put your adorable mutt in the spotlight and earn bragging rights in PETA’s 2010 Cutest Mutt Alive contest!

Mutts are usually healthier and live longer than “purebred” dogs, who suffer from illnesses and have shorter life spans because of profit-driven puppy mills, pet stores, and other breeders. Each year, 6 to 8 million animals end up in U.S. animal shelters, and half of them are put to death because there simply aren’t enough good homes. Of the millions of dogs who are abandoned and euthanized, many are mutts. We’re calling on all mutt-lovers to prove that adopting their mutt was the best choice they ever made and to tell us why their pooch should be crowned the winner.

Don’t miss out on this mutt-loving affair—submit a photo of your pooch for a chance to win the title of Cutest Mutt Alive now!

If you don’t have an animal companion but you do have the time and resources to care for one, you can make a difference by adopting a loving, “fixed” mutt from your local animal shelter.

Hurry and submit your photos by October 8. Voting for the top 10 finalists to help PETA decide who should be crowned the winner will begin October 13, and the winner will be announced on November 3. One winning dog will be featured on our website, receive vegan dog treats, and be mentioned in an upcoming issue of PETA’s Animal Times magazine.

Sorry! The entry round is now closed. Voting for the top ten finalists has begun. Vote now to help us pick which of these mixed-breed companions should be crowned the winner of our Cutest Mutt Alive contest.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind