From funny moments to heartwarming ones, dogs, like many companion animals, are there for us when we need them. It only makes sense that we return the favor by becoming kind and loving guardians to a rescue pooch (or two).

During Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we introduced you to 10 awesome senior pets, and now we’d like you to say hello to 10 equally awesome mutts in honor of National Mutt Day.

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National Mutt Day actually falls on two separate days every year – today (Dec. 2) and during the summer on July 31. Why two days? Because, according to the National Mutt Day website, a large majority of dogs living in shelters across the nation are mixed breeds and additional awareness needs to be raised about their plight.

While demand for purebred dogs from breeders and puppy mills still remains high, if we continue to gush about the amazing mutts available right now in shelters then we might just see the day when shelter dogs outnumber bred dogs in homes.

Help give mutts a chance by spreading the word about the following 10 dogs waiting for their forever homes. As the National Mutt Day website says, let’s embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs.

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1. Cookie from Project Pet, Inc. in Yonkers, N.Y.

[caption id="attachment_148104" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Cookie American Staffordshire Terrier Mix[/caption]

2. Smidge from Save a Dog in Sudbury, Mass.

[caption id="attachment_1481042119" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Doberman Pinscher & Shepherd Mix Doberman Pinscher & Shepherd Mix[/caption]

3. Lucky from RetroDoggy Rescue in Commerce, Mich.

[caption id="attachment_1481042117" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Bichon Frise & Poodle Mix Bichon Frise & Poodle Mix[/caption]

4. Cindy from Humane Society of Wilkes in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

[caption id="attachment_1481042113" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Great Pyrenees Mix Great Pyrenees Mix[/caption]

5. Bonnie from Second Chance Rescue and Rehoming, Inc. in Gainesville, Fla.

[caption id="attachment_1481042112" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Labrador Retriever & Pit Bull Terrier Mix Labrador Retriever & Pit Bull Terrier Mix[/caption]

6. Momma from Haven Animal Care Shelter in Lubbock, Texas

[caption id="attachment_1481042118" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Terrier Mix Terrier Mix[/caption]

7. Bear from Humane Society of Atchison in Atchison, Kan.

[caption id="attachment_1481042111" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Dalmatian mix Dalmatian mix[/caption]

8. Harry from Rimrock Humane Society in Roundup, Mont.

[caption id="attachment_1481042115" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Cocker Spaniel & Dachshund Mix Cocker Spaniel & Dachshund Mix[/caption]

9. Tinker from Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) in San Jose, Calif.

[caption id="attachment_1481042120" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Rat Terrier & Toy Fox Terrier Mix Rat Terrier & Toy Fox Terrier Mix[/caption]

10. Hilda from Pet Allies in Slow Low, Ariz.

[caption id="attachment_1481042116" align="aligncenter" width="800"]American Bulldog & Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) Mix American Bulldog & Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) Mix[/caption]

Check out Petfinder for more adoptable mutts, and read up on other ways to celebrate National Mutt Day right here!

Image source: Bad Apple Photography

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