National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige. According to nationalmuttday.com, National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. Too many dogs are euthanized each year due to the constant over-breeding of and public desire for designer dogs and purebred puppies.
The national awareness day seeks to educate people about the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to inform the public about the vast number of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes.
Mixed breeds tend to be more flexible and more middle-of-the-road because they are not as strongly programmed as purebreds. Mixed breeds are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions, whereas purebreds tend to be bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting.
Mixed breed dogs are even being trained now as service and therapy dogs.
A mutt offers variety in both its temperament and look. When purchasing a purebred dog, you’re buying a specific temperament and appearance that has been honed through strict breeding practices over a long period of time, according to petmd.com. With a mixed breed, a puppy especially, the unknown genetic line leaves all that up in the air. Embrace the spontaneity of a mixed breed.
If you’re thinking about adding a dog to your family, consider working with one of these rescues in the Southern Pennsylvania area.
Animal Rescue, Inc. (New Freedom, Pa.): Since 1976, Animal Rescue, Inc. has been a refuge for homeless cats and dogs. They make a promise to every animal that comes through their gates: they will never be homeless again. They hope their animals will find a loving home with a lifelong companion or a loving family; but if they never find that home, they are welcomed into the ARI family. Learn more at animalrescueinc.org.
PA Caring for K-9’s (New Oxford, Pa.): This is a nonprofit, all breed dog rescue run solely on a volunteer foster home basis. It saves dogs out of high kill shelters. The dogs are fostered in foster homes, where they are given personal care and one-on-one training. Learn more at Pack9rescue.org.
Missions of Mercy Rescue: Missions Of Mercy Rescue is a nonprofit safe haven for animals pulled from high kill shelters or recovered from hoarding situations. They give animals that are suffering from abuse0, neglect and abandonment a second chance at life. They are a foster-based rescue providing 24/7 care until the animals start a new life in their forever homes. Learn more at www.facebook.com/MissionsOfMercyRescue.
SPCA of York County: Founded in 1926, The York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a charitable organization dedicated to providing long-term human and animal services to residents of York County through programs that find permanent, loving homes for displaced and stray animals, help control animal population growth, investigate and prosecute cruelty offenders and educate the general public about animal wellness and safety. Learn more at www.ycspca.org.