Dog Rescue by the Numbers

Numbers are a big part of the human experience.

We use numbers to measure things like our intelligence, when we need to go to bed, how long we’ve been alive, our height, when we get to leave work, and when it’s too cold to go outside.

We use other numbers to determine things like who’s the better football team, what a safe speed is on the interstate, and when it might be time to cut back on the sweets and head to the gym.

Numbers are a huge part of our daily lives, but at Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue, we have one number that we’re particularly fond of…


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Now, I know. You’re probably guessing that 186 is our favorite number because...

186 Celuta is a large S-type asteroid.

No? Then maybe you think it’s because 186 is the least you can weigh to compete in the light heavyweight division in mixed martial arts.

That’s not it. It’s probably because 186 is the atomic number of an element temporarily called Unocthexium. Try saying that 3 times fast. Heck, try saying it once.

Or maybe you think we love the number 186 because it’s the number of odd days in a non-leap year.

Ok, since you’ve exhausted all the obvious guesses, I’ll just come out and tell you why we love the number 186.

An Incredible Milestone

2015 was Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue’s very first calendar year. And in that first year, we didn't waste a lot of time planning, thinking, and talking about rescuing dogs.

Nope. We jumped right in with both feet, and in that first calendar year we helped 186 dogs find their forever homes.

To put that in perspective, that means if you saved this dog…

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and then this dog…

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and then this one…

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And then you did that 183 more times… well, you get the idea. That’s a ton of dogs.

Above and Beyond 186...

But on the more serious side, in terms of a first year rescue, 186 is an unheard of first year.

That's a phenomenal number of dogs saved in our first year. And no corners were ever cut to hit it. Families and dogs were matched based on each other’s needs, because it’s not just about numbers, it's about finding a perfect match and a permanent home for these animals. In 2016 we hope to help over 200 dogs find their forever homes.

Terri Larson
Muddy Paws Founder

And keep in mind that the 186 does not include another 100 or so dogs and cats we helped find permanent homes through our networking, training, and support services. We were to pull off this incredible number in our first year because of all the help from our devoted, passionate volunteers.

And while helping all these animals find loving, permanent homes, Muddy Paws also found time to go above and beyond for even more animals, families, and other rescue organizations. You can learn more about what makes Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue different here.

To see all dogs currently available for adoption, learn more about our organization or learn more about helping as a volunteer, donor, or foster, visit​

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Randy Borg - April 24, 2016 Reply

I have personally seen how this rescue goes above and beyond to help these dogs. Congrats on your success.

Gary Korisko - April 24, 2016 Reply

Hi, Randy! We appreciate the kind words. Thanks very much!

Angie - April 24, 2016 Reply

Proud to be a part of such a great rescue!

Sandi Sickels - April 25, 2016 Reply

Best thing I ever did was stumbling across the Muddy Paws website when I was searching for a new furry family member. Murphy has brought so much joy to our entire family! Thank you for all you do, Muddy Paws!

Stacy Trively - April 27, 2016 Reply

I am so proud to be a part of Muddy Paws & to actually witness lives being saved!

Jennifer Lenz - April 27, 2016 Reply

I have worked with a couple different rescues. Muddy Paws 2nd Chance Rescue has been incredible . It is truly a fun friendly ran group. I love how we can help people also keep their dogs when they just need help with food, vet cost, or training for bad behavior .
This rescue does so much . It goes above and beyond. Our adopters become a part of our rescue family .
We stay in touch with them . Help them through any transitions with their newly adopted dog.
I Love our Group

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