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Shelter reduces rates for mixed breed dogs

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.

"He is the sweetest dog," Staley said. "He came in as a stray. He is friendly, laid back, and over the puppy chewing stage. He has a great demeanor. He smiles and has endearing eyes."

Charlie, who is tan, was one of three dogs who arrived at the shelter wearing invisible fence collars. The other two were re-united with their owners, but nobody has claimed Charlie.

Ladybug, identification number 1790, was taken to the shelter after her owners were arrested. She is a black-and-white Border Collie mix and weighs about 25 pounds. She is about eight years old and has a couple of health issues that are not considered severe, Staley said. These include cataracts and a tumor on her leg. She is housebroken, calm, and loves her baths. Staley believes she would make an excellent companion for an older person.

For the event, the adoption fee will be $50 for a female and $40 for a male. The fee includes shots, as well as spaying or neutering and worming. The usual adoption fee is $76.

"We have all kinds of puppies, tons and tons of puppies," Staley said. "People like puppies because they are just cute."

That is fine for those with time to train a new pet, she said. For busy folks, an adult dog may be a better choice.

"Adults are out of the chewing stage and are not as hyper," she said. "Usually, they are house trained. I recommend adult dogs. Not everyone has time to train a puppy." 

Kitten and cat adoption fees remain at a discount. The usual price of $61 is slashed to $40 for females and $30 for males.

Thursday adoption hours are noon to 6 p.m. For more information go to or call 304-342-1576.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at or 304-348-1246.


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