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Shelter promotes 'mutts' for W.Va. anniversary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association is encouraging residents to celebrate the state's Sesquicentennial by adopting a West Virginia brown dog.

The shelter will reduce adoption fees for West Virginia brown dogs, which are any mixed-breed canines, on Thursday, the 150th anniversary of West Virginia's statehood.

"We are proud of our heritage and the West Virginia brown dog," Chelsea Staley, the shelter's marketing coordinator, told the Charleston Daily Mail. "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."

Staley said the shelter has both mixed-breed puppies and adult dogs available for adoption. "We have all kinds of puppies -- tons and tons of puppies," Staley said. "People like puppies because they are just cute."

Adult dogs might be a better choice for people who do not have time to train a new pet.

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


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