Established by Colleen Paige in 2005 National Mutt Day has a goal of rescuing 10,000 mixed breed dogs from euthanasia every July 31st and December 2nd.
What is a Mutt?
A mutt is simply a mixed breed dog. Sometimes it is easy to spot the traits of the original parentage in the head shape or other body attribute. Other times it can be a real mystery. Mutts come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities.
Why Adopt a Mutt?
There are many reasons to adopt a mutt. Here are just a few:
- Mixed breeds tend to be healthier and have longer life spans than pure breed dogs.
- Mutts have a wide variety of personalities and abilities that can match your lifestyle and needs.
- Many make great service dogs.
- The majority of dogs euthanized in shelters around the country are medium to large mixed breeds.
Adopting a dog is long-term commitment. Your new friend will require your time, attention and financial support. Before adopting any animal into your home you need to consider the following:
- Financial impact – Having a new addition to your home will bring regular expenses to your budget. Your new family member will need food, bedding, toys, accessories (leash, collar, etc.), vaccinations, checkups, etc.
- Lifestyle – Are you looking for a companion to be in your lap while you read? Or maybe you are looking for one that will take those long hikes or runs with you? How will your new dog fit with the family? It is critical to make sure that the personality and needs of the dog match your lifestyle.
- Space – Do you have room for a dog to run and play? Where will you set up their sleeping area, food and water bowls?
What To Do If Unable To Adopt
If you are unable to adopt a dog at this time but are concerned about the alarming number of dogs euthanized in shelters around the country consider the following:
- Make a financial donation – A financial donation can be small or large. Even $5 helps your local shelters feed and care for strays and abandoned animals.
- Volunteer – Shelters need help walking dogs, cleaning up, and feeding. This could be a great fit for you. Consider working even just a few hours a week.
If you do adopt a dog consider the benefits of a mobile veterinarian. Mobile veterinarians can help with vaccinations, health checkups and behavioral issues. In the Salem Oregon area you can always rely on Rolling Vet Animal Care www.rollingvet.com or 503-400-7992.