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National Mutt Day

The Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) is celebrating National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, on July 31 to call attention to the availability for fostering and adopting these four-legged favorites currently living at the shelter.

National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert, and animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige in order to celebrate and save mixed breed dogs.

OCHS, located in Florence, is a no-kill facility offering full life care to its resident dogs and cats. According to OCHS’s executive director Charles Brown, approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds.

“On July 31, we will celebrate our mixed-breeds and ask the public to join us by dropping off blankets and bedding, wet or dry dog foods, or a financial gift to support the care of our residents.”

Brown said statistics show that mutts tend to be healthier, better behaved, live longer, and are just as able to perform tasks often ascribed to purebreds such as sniffing out contraband or working as guide dogs or service animals.

To learn more, adopt or foster a pet, volunteer to walk a dog, or make a financial contribution so OCHS’s residents can find a home, call 541-997-4277, stop by the shelter, or visit www.OregonCoastHumaneSociety.org. Donations are tax deductible.