Sam, a 3-year-old corgi/lab mix with short legs, feet that turn out, and a sweet smile, is known at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association as dog no. 1782.
He's also known as a West Virginia brown dog.
He is among a number of mixed breeds that will be available for adoption at reduced rates Thursday as part of "West Virginia Brown Dog Day" in conjunction with the state's 150th birthday.
Chelsea Staley, the animal shelter's marketing coordinator, came up with the idea of having a "West Virginia Brown Dog Day" with hopes of finding more folks who want furry family members.
"We are proud of our heritage and the West Virginia brown dog," said Staley, who defines that type of dog as any mixed breed. "It's any mutt. Other people may call it a Heinz 57 or a pound puppy. We like to call them West Virginia brown dogs. I like to think of them as all-American mutts."
She isn't sure how the term began, but she believes there should be a state dog.
West Virginia Brown Dog would be a perfect fit, she said. And that doesn't mean the dog has to be brown, although it could be.
There are dozens of sweet puppies and dogs in a variety of colors in need of homes.
Staley offered snapshots of a few up for adoption.
Charlie, whose identification number is 6092, is an adult lab mix.