National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness about the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters across the country. Millions of these beautiful animals go through the shelter system each year and –through awareness, education and the promotion of adoption – we can get more of these fur babies out of cages and into furever homes!
Here are 5 reasons you should consider adopting a mixed breed dog on National Mutt Day (or any other day of the year):
(1) Mutts tend to have fewer health issues than purebred dogs.
For instance, bulldogs “have a plethora of health problems including cardiac and respiratory disease, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, and other concerns.” Newfoundlands are prone to serious health issues like canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy and elbow dysplasia.
Mixed breeds, on the other hand, benefit from something called hybrid vigor. Essentially, “When you mix two or more separate gene pools, the recessive genes that carry the health problems are buried.” The result: healthier dogs and fewer trips to the vet.
(2) They need you.
75% of dogs in shelters are mixed breed. They are often overlooked for their purebred counterparts – and subsequently have a more difficult time getting adopted. You can be the difference!
*Note Lulu is up for adoption in NYC – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested
(3) They will be forever grateful.
Like all adopted animals, mutts know what you did for them. And they’ll never let you forget it.
(4) And they’re stinkin’ cute!
I mean how can you say no to this face?
If you aren’t in a position to adopt – don’t worry there are other ways you can help:
The app is free and you can earn resources for your favorite animal welfare organization every time you go for a walk.
There are thousands of animal rescues and shelters looking for volunteers to walk the dogs, clean cages, give snuggles, and help out at fundraising events.
(3) Donate toys, treats, and other goodies.
Groups like Rock & Rawhide aim to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs in shelters by providing them with toys, treats and other items. A happier, less stressed dog, is a more adoptable dog!
By Bailey Schroeder, ResQwalk Founder + CEO