When you listen to Miranda Lambert‘s songs, you sense she wishes she didn’t have a heart. But despite the heartbreak in her life, she still does have one.. Especially for animals. With her MuttNation Foundation, she is putting her money and time where her heart is.
Miranda has always had a soft spot for animals. So does her mom, Bev Lambert. Together they created MuttNation Foundation. Through the Foundation, they are levering Miranda’s famous voice as a spokesperson for adoptable dogs.
According to their website, MuttNation Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2009. Their mission “is to promote and facilitate the adoption of shelter pets, encourage spay & neuter for all pets, and educate the public about the importance and beneficial impact of these actions.”
Various projects help them accomplish this mission. These include high-profile adoption events, fundraising, and providing grants for new shelters. They also provide money and assistance to rescue pets during times of emergency and disaster.
Just a few years ago, MuttNation Foundation announced their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative. The initiative resulted in $253,660 being donated to shelters in each of the 50 states. In response, Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”
Hurricane Harvey Rescue
Amidst all the news of rescuing survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was also the reporting about displaced pets. With the mission of the organization in mind, Lambert’s foundation went about rescuing the lost dogs.
With the help of 70 volunteers, Lambert and crew rescued dozens of dogs and took them to Oklahoma where it was safe and dry. She also sent in additional rigs to Houston to ease pressure on local shelters, which were experiencing overflow after the disaster.
MuttNation has also held adoption drives as such places as the CMA Festival in Nashville.
Miranda said that she wants people to consider adopting pets. As she said, “Rescue pets make the best pets—ask anyone who has ever had one. I would say, “Don’t shop, adopt,” and then add my motto: “Don’t forget, love a shelter pet.”