A Celebration of Companion Animals featuring Patrick McDonnell, creator of the Mutts comic strip and member of the board of trustees of the Humane Society of the United States will take place at Princeton Public Library on Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in the community room.
McDonnell will discuss the reasons he is so committed to helping homeless animals during the program and will also read from his recent collaboration with poet Daniel Ladinsky, “Darling I Love You,” a book celebrating the bond between people and their pets. He will also discuss his newly updated book “MUTTS Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed.”
Following his presentation, McDonnell will be joined in discussion with a panel of animal advocates including moderator Kathy Schwartzman of the Humane Society of the United States; Brian Hackett, Humane Society NJ State Director; author Jeff Campbell; and Heather Cammisa of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.
At 4:15 p.m. through 5:30 p.m., there will be a book signing on Hinds Plaza where adoptable pets from groups including the Monmouth County SPCA, SAVE Animal Rescue and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center will be available to meet potential new owners. As part of the event, the community is encouraged to submit photographs and stories of their pets on Instagram and other social media using #PrincetonLovesPets.
Book sales, including Mutts comics, will be offered by jaZams.