Between 2 and 4 million dogs bred in puppy mills are sold each year;* meanwhile, the American Humane Association
estimates that there is an overpopulation of more than 3 million pets in the United States alone -- many of which are mixed breeds. In fact, 75% of all dogs
living in animal shelters are mixed breeds.Not only are mutts just as worthy as their purebred counterparts, but they are also known to be incredibly healthy, hearty pets, and are less susceptible to genetic diseases like hip dysplasia
, and allergies
.Today, we recognize our PUPtastic mixed breed Facebook
fans!RELATED STORY: 5 Reasons Mixed Breed Dogs Make Great Pets
Harry and Tom
Harry and Tom are Terrier-Chihuahua mix brothers adopted from Joplin Humane Society in Missouri. They had a rough start to life, but are now very happy in a loving home!
Elliot is an 8-year-old mixed breed from Indiana, and his nickname is "Boo-Bear!"
Pedro is a Chihuahua-Pug mix rescued last January from a dog hoarder. Before he was adopted, Pedro lived in a packed outdoor cage with over 100 other dogs. Today, he is a healthy, well-adjusted boy who has stolen his mom's heart... and queen-size bed!
Riley is a Basenji mix rescued 3 years ago. Now, Riley is a therapy dog with SCDogs Therapy Group!
Maddie is a 15-year-old Beagle-Shepherd mix who was adopted from a shelter over 12 years ago. She is an absolute princess who has been loved every day since.
Do you have a mixed breed rescue?
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*Humane Society of the United States