Mutt Monikers: Festive Fall-themed Names for Dogs

Fall is my absolute favorite season, especially since moving to the Carolinas. The leaves changing color. The cool mornings and crisp nights. The spices in the air. Everything about fall is a celebration of change. Another reason I love fall is that we promote shelter dog adoption throughout the month of October. Shelter dogs also happen to be a favorite of mine. Their resilience, their eagerness, their innocence. Few folks I’ve known handle change as well as a good shelter dog can.

One of the most obvious changes a shelter dog goes through is one we often take for granted. Most dogs entering the shelter system get a new name. The ones coming in off the streets can’t give us the details of their former lives. There are also some dogs whose names are known but have been associated with too many negative things. Those poor pups often benefit from being given a new name. Whatever the reason, naming a shelter dog is a fresh start.

It is a widely known fact that clever, creative names help shelter dogs get noticed. Common names, on the other hand, can cause dogs to get lost in the shuffle. I remember a time when we had five dogs named Max in one shelter and the patrons had a hard time keeping them straight. You’re more likely to skim past Max 1-5. Yet, I guarantee you’ll think twice about the dog called Flapjack or Harry Pawter. Let’s face it, fun names make being a shelter dog a little more fun!

We know how important it is to get shelter dogs into good home quickly. To help, we’ve put together our list of favorite festive fall-themed names for dogs. If you’re adopting, fostering or volunteering to help shelter dogs this month, consider naming one of your furriends after this wonderful season. Happy Harvest!

  • Apple
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Autumn
  • Birch
  • Bourbon
  • Branch
  • Capuccino
  • Cedar
  • Cider
  • Cozy
  • Crispy
  • Crow
  • Ember
  • Forest
  • Gourdy
  • Gusty
  • Haystack
  • Hazel
  • Hickory
  • Latte
  • Maple
  • Marshmallow
  • Misty
  • October
  • Patch
  • Rainbow
  • Raven
  • River
  • Ridge
  • Rusty
  • Saffron
  • Sawyer
  • Scarlet
  • Sparrow
  • Stormy
  • Thunder
  • Twilight
  • Wheatley
  • Whiskey

Squash-themed names for litters or families:

  • Acorn
  • Butternut
  • Calibaza
  • Delicata
  • Hubbard
  • Pumpkin
  • Spaghetti

Halloween-themed names for litters or families:

  • Binx
  • Boogie
  • Casper
  • Carver
  • Cauldron
  • Cobweb
  • Fang
  • Goblin
  • Hocus
  • Howler
  • Pocus
  • Spirit
  • Winifred

Thanksgiving-themed names for litters or families:

  • Clove
  • Cranberry
  • Gravy
  • Mayflower
  • Mash
  • Nutmeg
  • Pilgrim
  • Pecan Pie
  • Potato
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Turkey

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