If you aren’t yet a Miranda Lambert fan, listen up! Her heart might be full of the heartland but there’s still room in there for a few wagging tails.
Did you know that she has a passion for welcoming stray dogs into her home? She currently has nine rescue dogs! And, did you know that she even has a nonprofit organization that helps shelter dogs around the country?
Yep, It’s all true!
Miranda Has Been Rescuing Dogs Across The U.S. For Over A Decade
The country star founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009 along with her mom, Bev Lambert. She was inspired by her time spent volunteering in animal shelters, which was where she adopted her first dog, Delilah, at the start of her country music career.
MuttNation works hard to find furever families for dogs around the country. At Miranda’s concerts, the CMA Music Fest, and even the Grand Ole Opry, you’ll find adoption drives that are fueled by the love of MuttNation volunteers.
Now Miranda and her team of MuttNation do-gooders are doing their part to help pups and their families even more. MuttNation has proudly partnered with the Waggle Foundation’s veterinary assistance group to give relief to musicians that have been affected by the coronavirus.
It Also Started Because Of Earl
Many people in the music and entertainment industry have struggled to make ends meet as the global pandemic rages on. It hit close to home with Lambert which ultimately sparked the inspiration for the new partnership.
“It really hit home when my backup singer and close friend Gwen’s shelter dog, Earl, became extremely ill in early March, just as the pandemic was taking hold and our tour had to stop,” Lambert told Taste of Country. “After taking him to several vets, she was told Earl had a rare liver disorder.”
Fortunately, Earl is on the mend. Plus, it turns out his health scare was more beneficial than anyone could have ever thought!
“Earl is doing great now, but he’ll require ongoing treatment for the rest of his life,” Lambert said. “It was such an unexpected major expense at an already tough time. So, it got me thinking that there must be a lot more people whose careers in the music industry have been on pause due to lack of live performance opportunities, and who are struggling with their pets’ vet bills.”
How To Apply
If you or a dog lover that you know in the music industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you definitely want to head over to wagglefoundation.org/muttnation. You can check out the criteria and apply for assistance – music venue workers included!