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There’s no denying country star, Miranda Lambert, is an animal lover. She started her own foundation in 2009 to help find loving families for homeless dogs. And she’s known to make big donations to small animal shelters.

In 2022, as the Academy of Country Music nominated Lambert for Entertainer of the Year, she again donated $20,000 to shelters in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Miranda Lambert smiles while holding two small dogs
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Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation pledges to ‘shine the spotlight on rescue animals and shelters’

According to Lambert’s MuttNation foundation, she began volunteering in animal shelters when she was a teenager and “her love for animals has always been an important part of who she is.”

As such, she has a collection of rescue animals of her own. She also encourages her fans and others to adopt from and volunteer their time to shelters.

Per the website, “To help shine the spotlight on rescue animals and shelters, Miranda and her mom Bev Lambert founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009 to ensure that as many dogs as possible would have a safe and happy place to call home.”

Their stated 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.”

Miranda Lambert’s 2022 animal shelter donations

In honor of Valentine’s Day in 2022, Lambert split $20,000 among 20 small animal shelters. She saw the holiday as “one more chance to show just how special they all are to [her].”

“Shelter pets — especially the ones that are hardest to get adopted — and the people who care for them, have always had my heart,” Lambert said per Fox 17 Nashville, who published a list of recipients of the “loving donations.”

Miranda Lambert said animals have always been a part of her life

Lambert told Modern Dog Magazine, “Just like music, animals have always been a part of my life.”

“We have never been without pets,” she went on. “I can’t imagine how that would be.”

The country star detailed having collected a small group of dogs, starting with a chihuahua/pug mix named Delta. “She had been living at the Sonic Drive-In for about a week. I brought her home and she was in bad shape and I nursed her back to health,” she said. “She ended up backstage at the show in Vegas and seemed immediately in her element.”

Cher, a chihuahua, came home from a shelter with Lambert when she went with a friend to adopt a new companion for them, not her. But she knew when she saw her they were meant to be.

Delilah, a terrier mix, was Lambert’s very first “adoptee.” And she listed two golden retrievers, Jessie and Waylon. In fact, she might have about eight dogs based on a 2018 Twitter post.


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The picture shows five adorable dogs and is captioned with a note there were still three more. “I also have a flock of chickens, two pot bellied pigs, three minihorses, three horses, and three cats,” Lambert told Modern Dog.

“Every animal has a special place in my heart. Especially my dogs — some of them go everywhere with me,” she explained. “They are like my kids, with their own unique personalities.”