On Sunday, December 3rd we celebrate National Mutt Day! This special day is so incredible that it happens twice a year. It was created back in 2005 to raise awareness of the quandary towards mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation. On this day, it is important to celebrate the saving of mutts' lives, since they are the largest percentage of dogs abandoned and euthanized. This unfortunate fact is due to constant over-breeding and a high demand for wanting to own a purebred puppy. Most purebreds that wind up in the shelter tend to be the first ones adopted, leaving mixed breed pups behind. Over 78% of dogs in rescues and shelters are considered mutts. Our mission is to join in on this amazing day to help educate the public about mixed breed dogs that critically need homes and to enjoy the fur-tastic characteristics of these unique dogs.
Of course we love all dogs that come in any shape or size, but there are some great benefits that come with choosing an unique pup at the shelter. One of the best things about mixed breed dogs is that they tend to have a longer life span and less health issues than purebreds. Since mutts are comprised from many different breeds, they are less likely to be prone to breed-specific diseases. According to National Mutt Days' site, genes carrying defects from one breed could potentially cancel out disease-causing genes in another, resulting in a healthier dog. Initially only purebreds were used for specific jobs. But now, mutts are being used to perform the duties of purebred dogs, like bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue, and even becoming service dogs. Another great thing about mutts is their uniqueness, since every pup will look different from the other. The combining of different looks has also started to create a trend with mixed dogs such as the labradoodle, cockapoo and many more, making them just as cute as a their purebred counterparts. Maria is a the perfect example of standing out in a crowd! She had been shot with a bb gun and was pregnant when rescuers found her. But this mom was a fighter. Check out Maria's story and her cute ears HERE.
One of the best reason to adopt a mutt is that you get to save the life of a worthy and wonderful dog and take a stand against relentless breeders. Every mutt that is adopted is one less dog purchased from a puppy mill, which means less money for mill operators. Puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills can be more prone to illness and horribly neglected. Flower for example is a Shepard mix that came from a large hoarding situation where dogs were over breeding, inbreeding, and dying from disease. Luckily, her and her nine babies were rescued and on the road to finding their forever homes. This National Mutt Day, you can send Flower and her puppies some food or even potty pads.
There are millions of loving and healthy mutts sitting in shelters, who are desperately waiting for someone to take them home. Here at poundWISHES, we believe that animals often "rescue" us. And it is our obligation to support, even fight, for those who do not have a voice. There are many mixed breed dogs on poundWISHES that are in need of surgeries, medications and daily supplies. You can give back this National Mutt Day by helping out a rescue pet in need. If you're like us, you appreciate animals everyday of the year. To give back further, you can choose to become a monthly donor by joining our wishpack!