If you are looking for a new canine friend, please consider celebrating National Mutt Day by visiting your local shelter or humane society to adopt a mutt for these 5 great reasons:
You’re Saving a Life
So many people want purebreds that mixed-breed dogs often go unappreciated and are euthanized in shelters—the vast majority of dogs euthanized at shelters are mutts, which is tragic, because:
Mutts are Often Healthier
At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we notice mixed-breeds usually have fewer genetically in-bred cases of hip, knee and elbow disorders, heart disease, cancers, and so many other genetic diseases. So, your mixed-breed buddy can pal around with you longer, without as many chronic-care vet visits.
Adopting a Mutt Costs Less
The adoption fees for mutts from shelters are far less expensive than adopting from a breeder. You’ll still need to budget for regular well dog care visits like puppy shots and annual health care including grown-up dog vaccinations, obedience training, nutritious food, grooming, boarding, toys, etc., of course, but it’s so worth it!
You Have So Many Choices in Mutts
Mixed-breed dogs come in a huge variety of sizes, colors, temperaments, energy levels and ages to fit your lifestyle and temperament. Do your research, visit the shelter and get to know some of these great dogs and you’re sure to find one (or two, or possibly three) you will love forever!
Mutts Can Do Everything Purebreds Do
They can play, be trained as police, military and rescue dogs, become service dogs, compete (and win) agility and athletic competitions, and most of all, they can be your best friends for life!
If you’re adopting a mixed-breed dog soon, remember to schedule an appointment at Sunset Veterinary Clinic for puppy shots, booster dog vaccinations, a full dog care wellness checkup and advice on everything you can do to keep your wonderful mutt healthy and happy!