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National Mutt Day Marks New ‘$50 for 50 lbs.’ Adoption & Awareness Promotion
December 2, 2021

National Mutt Day Marks New ‘$50 for 50 lbs.’ Adoption & Awareness Promotion

From 12/2-12/5, Reduced Adoption Fees for Dogs Weighing 50+ Pounds Aim to Help Make Space for More Dogs in the Shelter

For the first time since before the pandemic began, Woods Humane Society’s dog kennels are at full capacity, with a high number of large dogs, in particular, waiting to be adopted.

“We are desperately in need of space in our dog kennels,” says Woods Operations Director Sue Berry. “We are full to the brim, and our shelter partners as well as our community need us to take in more dogs.”

In response to the need and to kick off National Mutt Day awareness celebration on December 2, 2021, we are launching a four-day “$50 for 50 lbs.” adoption promotion to help raise awareness about the high number of large “mutts” in need of homes. From today through Sunday, regular adoption fees for all dogs weighing 50 pounds or more (regardless of breed) will be reduced to just $50 to help as many of them find loving homes as possible and to make space for the many more in need.

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Adoptable Heidi, a Shepherd mix, awaits adoption during Woods' $50 for 50 lbs. Promotion.

Large Numbers of Large Dogs Looking for Homes

We currently have more than 40 large and medium-sized dogs available for adoption—many categorized as Husky or Shepherd mixes, based solely on their physical appearance—and have been seeing higher-than-usual numbers of large dogs in need of help, both locally and state-wide, for several months.

The “$50 for 50 lbs.” promotion is the most recent of a series of adoption promotions that Woods has offered to help increase adoptions and make room for both locally surrendered pets as well as animals from nearby over-crowded shelters that are experiencing high numbers of stray and surrendered animals.

National Mutt Day Celebrates Great Qualities of Mixed Breed Dogs

Woods says the timing of this promotion with National Mutt Day also presents an opportunity to bring awareness to the fact that shelter dogs, approximately 80% of which are mixed-breed (according to National Mutt Day organizers), make great companion animals.

“The dogs we have available for adoption are sweet, loving and ready to learn. They’ll make excellent companions and family dogs, and they deserve to find a forever home for the holidays,” Berry says.

To view all of the currently available dogs at Woods, visit To meet a pet, complete an adoption application before visiting the shelter in San Luis Obispo, located at 875 Oklahoma Ave. Woods Humane Society’s adoption hours are from noon to 4 p.m. daily, and the shelter closes at 5 p.m.

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