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Mutts to the Rescue!

Written by PETA | April 11, 2011

My dog Hannah’s “papers” would read like this: “Sire: Best Guess. Dame: Whosy Whatsit.” Yep, she’s a thoroughly modern mutt, and that’s just fine with me. Dogs of mixed parentage are just fine with lots of other people, too, it turns out. The first-ever National Mutt Census, which surveyed mutt guardians and analyzed the DNA of 36,000 dogs, showed that more than half of all dogs in the U.S. are mutts—and nearly half of all mutt guardians adopted their dogs from an animal shelter.

Hannah’s pedigree is part German shepherd and several parts who knows, but pure best friend.

Shelter dogs don’t just pay back the love in puppy kisses, either—they also save lives. The following are some of our favorite stories of heroic mutt rescues:

  • A Lab mix used her body heat to keep a lost little boy from freezing to death.
  • When Danelle Ballengee fell down a ravine and shattered her pelvis, her shelter mutt, Taz, led rescuers to her
  • Fifteen-year-old mutt Ceili knew her guardian well enough to tell that he was about to have a heart attack and got help for him
  • A dog aptly named Hero, whose family had patched her up after she was hit by a car, turned around and  saved their lives a few months later during a house fire.
  • A young beagle mix collared an award for “Dogged Determination” after saving the life of an elderly neighbor.
  • Former shelter mates were reunited when a pit bull mix saved the life of a cocker spaniel.

Yet another way that shelter pups come out on top, according to the National Mutt Census, is that 89 percent of all mixed-breed dogs are spayed or neutered. So wear your “My Dog is a Rescue” shirt with pride, and give your best buddy a big hug today.


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Lucky's family says:

    Your dog Hannah looks exactly like our dog lucky. if you send us your email I would love to send you a picture. Lucky lives in Brooklyn, and he was a rescue dog. We think he is 5 or 6 now and we have had him for 4 years. D Belt

  • Isobel's training me says:

    As a new “mom” to a rescue pitbull/lab mix I totally agree that mutts rule. Isobel was kept in a laundry room for the first 6 months of her life so her social skills are a bit lacking but she’s sunshine itself in temperment and even though everything from my wall to an antique crock have been chewed, I adore her and she IS making progress. YAY Mutts!

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Your dog Hannah looks similar to my wonderful mutt Rex who is part German shepherd and part Huskie. He will be 12 years old next month and he is the joy of my life as well as everyone in my family. I know he will not live forever and my next dog will also be a shelter mutt. He is part of our family as the next one will be.