Mission

Our mission is to respect the dog.
We respect the dog by providing shelter.
We respect the dog by stopping the overpopulation of dogs.
We respect the dog by providing necessary veterinary care and treatment.
We respect the dog by placing them in forever homes.
We are Secondhand Mutts and we respect the dog.

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Becca with Jimmy Dean, a former Secondhand Mutt she adopted in August 2009.

Founded in 2006 by Becca Riker, a local animal advocate in Cleveland, Ohio, Secondhand Mutts has placed hundreds of dogs in great homes. We continue to successfully  match owners with pets through our popular Foster-to-Adopt and Mutt-Match programs.

Each rescue dog has a history and its own story. Although they can’t tell us about their past, the dogs can show us their desire for a new life. Our mission is to provide them with every resource possible to ensure they find loving forever homes and a fresh start. Many of the dogs that come into our program are pulled from high-kill or at-risk city and county shelters where their time has run out or the shelter is full. Some of our dogs come to us through other rescue organizations, and a few come from owners who can no longer keep them. Because we have a cage-free environment, we can only accept socialized dogs into our program. Dogs of all ages and sizes are socialized together, and we evaluate each dog before admitting him or her into our program. We tend to focus on shy dogs because they are often overlooked by potential adopters and rescues.

Secondhand Mutts is located within The Mutt Hutt, a daycare for dogs, and our space is limited. We started by rescuing a few dogs at a time, but as our volunteer and foster programs have grown, we can now admit additional dogs. We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about our mission and our dogs. We hope you find a furry friend that you can take home to call your own! Even if you do not find your future dog on our site today, we would love to help match you with the pet you are looking for.

Have you considered having a part-time dog in your life? Becoming a foster parent for Secondhand Mutts is an easy way to have a dog in your life on your terms. To learn more about our foster program click here.

Unable to have a dog, but want to give back? Consider being a volunteer for Secondhand Mutts. We have many volunteer opportunities designed to fit almost any personal schedule and interest. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click here.