Miranda Lambert is using the CMA stage to promote dog adoption from her dog rescue group MuttNation Foundation.
The CMA Music festival happens this weekend in Nashville and Miranda Lambert is ensuring that her performances shed light on another passion: dog rescue. Lambert said:
"To be able to have this platform to go, 'Hey, I'm performing and thank you all for being faithful fans all these years, but also here's this cause that's near and dear to my heart and has real meaning,' is so great."
Miranda Lambert will perform at the CMA fest this weekend with her MuttNation Foundation pink mobile unit in tow. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Miranda Lambert and her mother Bev Lambert. They fund shelters across the country as well as run a Redemption Ranch low-kill shelter in Oklahoma. Their pink mobile unit is equipped with a vet's table and kennels.
MuttNation Foundation most recently saved 54 Chihuahuas from a hoarding case in Oklahoma. These latest little rescue dogs will be up for adoption inside the Music City Center through the weekend at CMA Fest.
"MuttNation is coming to CMA Fest, and we're just going to try and bring awareness and get these dogs adopted," Lambert said. "Luckily they are Chihuahuas and everybody wants a cute little dog. I'm really glad that they caught them in time. It's so sad. You see little dogs that have never had any love or care and you think, 'Oh my God, is there 50 loving homes out there for these babies?' "
The adoption fee for all the dogs at the CMA fest will be $100 and includes spay/neuter fees, necessary shots, and a microchip. MuttNation will also take care of any adopted pets if visitors are in town for the shows.
"It's just about ... having people realize shelter dogs are not scary and shelters are not scary places. A pedigree means nothing. They steal your heart and are awesome."
CMA Music Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday with Miranda performing at Nissan Stadium on Thursday night. Although the shows are sold out, there are free events around Nashville and $10 tickets for other stages, exhibits, autograph booths, and of course the MuttNation Foundation adoption event inside the Music City Center.