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Patrick McDonnell Interview

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"Mutts" creator PATRICK McDONNELL has won some of the biggest awards in the cartooning biz, including the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award and Germany's international Max and Moritz Award. Yet it's safe to say that his honors for animal and environmental advocacy, including the PETA Humanitarian Award, mean more to McDonnell. Read just one week of his regular "Shelter Stories" strips and you can feel his sense of mission.


MC: What breed would you recommend to the Obama family?

PM: I would love it if the Obama household adopted a mutt. Mutts make great companion animals, and it would make a huge statement. But if any shelter dog, mixed or purebred, is adopted by the first family, it could start a trend that would help save so many dogs in shelters across the nation and the world.

MC: What do you find most rewarding about your animal rescue work? And are any other rescue-related projects on the horizon for you, Earl or Mooch?

PM: Through "Mutts," I have the opportunity to work with many animal charities. I can tell you that the people who work and volunteer for these charities and shelters are unsung heroes, and are among the kindest, most dedicated people I have ever met. The most rewarding part of my job is when someone tells me that, because of "Mutts," they have adopted a pet, or became a volunteer for an animal welfare organization.

This year, my "Mutts" Shelter Stories strips were collected into the book "Mutts Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed." Included, along with 10 years of "Mutt" strips, are real stories of animals adopted from shelters and rescue groups worldwide. This book has an introduction by Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society U.S. President and CEO, and is also a source of information on how you can adopt a new best friend.


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