Miranda Lambert has had a fierce devotion to dogs since she was young. And when the 36-year-old country singer reached the point in her career that she wanted to pick a cause to champion, dogs were a no-brainer.
In 2009, Lambert and her mother began MuttNation Foundation, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter dogs, advances spay and neuter campaigns and educates the public about the benefits of these actions.
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“I encourage everyone to give adoption a chance,” Lambert says. “One of the main things I want people to know is that shelters aren’t scary places. When you adopt a dog, it knows you saved its life. There is this amazing bond that exists between the two of you.”
In November, eBay and Lambert partnered for Miranda’s Wildcard Auction. The auction, which raised more than $103,000 for MuttNation, featured a selection of Lambert’s coveted merchandise including pre-loved clothes, boots and jewelry. There was even a once-in-a-lifetime package for two people to meet Lambert and attend the show of their choice during her Wildcard Tour. The auction went toward helping eBay for Charity reach their goal of raising over $1 billion for charity.
On Giving Tuesday, eBay is continuing its mission to raise funds for charities in a big way. From December 3-12, eBay for Charity’s Giving Tuesday campaign offers exclusive one-of-a-kind fashion, sporting and music items plus VIP experiences. One-hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit a number of charitable organizations.
Visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday and give back to your favorite causes, including MusiCares, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, The Tony Hawk Foundation, The Malala Fund, Extra Life and more. Some of the hundreds of unique items and experiences include tickets to the 2020 Grammy awards, a first edition of the book I am Malala, Anna Wintour “AWOK” Air Jordan’s, a guitar signed by the Jonas Brothers, a signed Kacey Musgraves microphone and a copy of Dungeons and Dragons: Dragon Magazine Volume 1.
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Parade.com chatted with Lambert about her love dogs, giving back and making time for herself.
How do you balance work and life?
That is something I’m always working on. I love having animals. They force me to disconnect from work. They don’t know about what I do for a living and just love me for me. I’ll go from cleaning up dog pee to doing an interview. That keeps you grounded.
What is one of the best ways you nurture or take care of yourself?
Going out to my farm and spending time with my horses and dogs is the best way to recharge.
Is there something you wish you could tell your younger self?
In the beginning, I had a lot to prove and I came out with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder. I’d tell my younger self that it was all going to work out. But I wouldn’t change anything about how my life or career has gone.
What’s cool about partnering with eBay for Miranda’s Wildcard Auction?
The best part of the auction is that all of the proceeds benefit the MuttNation Foundation. I had cleaned out my closet and have had a few tubs of clothes sitting in my guest room for something like six months now. I was having a hard time getting rid of them, because some of the items in there mean a lot. They are pieces I wore on stage, from music videos, TV performances and other special events. When I found out that eBay could help get the items to people that would love them and help dogs at the same time, I was all in.
How did you decide what to include in the auction?
I included a mix of stuff. Some of it is show clothes, or fancier pieces from events, and then there’s also just some of my everyday clothes, like jean shorts, hats and T-shirts. There’s a little something for everyone in there. One of my favorite items in the auction is the silver Idyllwind boots that were in my music video for “It All Comes Out in the Wash.” I signed those ones too!
What do you love about your pets?
They really love me unconditionally. They’ll love the person I am, even if I never sing another note.
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