'Mutts' Cartoonist Supports Obama's Pet Pick Strategy

Weeklong comic-strip series, featuring Mooch the Cat, advocates shelter adoption.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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McDonnell's "Mutts" is taking a focus on the good animal shelters do with his "Shelter Series"
Cartoon courtesy King Features Syndicate.
The "Mutts" comic strip set to appear in newspapers Monday, Dec. 8, features the lead characters, Mooch the cat and Earl the dog, talking about the desire of President-elect Barack Obama's family to adopt a puppy from an animal shelter.

Creator Patrick McDonnell’s topical storyline, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 13, mirrors the nation’s interest since Obama promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, during his victory speech that they “have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”

McDonnell, an animal welfare advocate, has received national recognition for his work, including three Genesis Awards from The Humane Society of the United States. Twice a year during the past decade, he has created a special “Shelter Series” storyline for "Mutts" in honor of the staff and volunteers who care for the more than 6 million abandoned animals in shelters across the United States.

McDonnell’s comic strips are distributed by King Features Syndicate to more than 700 newspapers worldwide and also appear online.

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Julianne    Livonia, MI

12/26/2008 10:15:20 PM

I'd like to see them adopt a cat too - not all of us like dogs. After all President-elect Obama said he wants to be President to all Americans and cats make way better furry members of the family. But I understand that Malia has allergies and I wouldn't want to see her get sick. (They probably shouldn't even be getting a dog). Still if they ever do consider getting a cat I've heard that Maine Coons are good for people with allergies.

Anna    Maple Grove, MN

12/8/2008 6:09:24 PM

I hope they adopt a dog from the shelter. There are so many awsome dogs there that need homes!

Lilith    Belton, MO

12/8/2008 2:05:40 PM

This is a great thing. More people need to do what they can for shelter animals. I haven't had a dog since I was 4, but all my cats have been rescues.

Pat    Omaha, NE

12/8/2008 5:39:40 AM

Great advertising for shelters.

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