Miss America 2014 Wants You to Celebrate the Beauty of Diversity—Adopt a Mutt!

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, celebrated her historic win as the first Indian-American to wear the crown by teaming up with PETA. Since “celebrating diversity” was her winning platform, she wanted to apply that same message to homeless dogs by urging people to adopt a mutt from an animal shelter. Nina knows the joy of having a mutt herself, a beloved 13-year-old dog named Hanuman, whom she describes as “half retriever, half question mark,” and the dog in the ad with Nina was rescued from the streets of India!

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Are you ready to add a companion animal to your home? Take Nina’s advice: Always consider adoption. Head over to your local animal shelter, where you’re sure to find numerous eager mutts of all ages who would love to become a member of your family!

Every time an animal is purchased from a pet store or a breeder, an animal in a shelter loses the opportunity to find a loving home.

Watch the exclusive behind-the-scenes interview and see Nina talk about the love that she has for her mutt and the importance of adopting animals from shelters!

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