Mead, who has two mutts of her own, said about 90 percent of dogs entering the shelter are mixed breeds.
For Mead, though, mutts have a special appeal and a few advantages.
For one thing, crossbreeding seems to cut down on the genetic problems that can arise in purebreds.
All three breeds Mead mentioned as possibilities for Ace, for example -- Rottweiler, Akita and German shepherd -- have reputations as dogs that can, in some instances, be aggressive.
Ace, though he appreciates a good wrestling match, has shown no evidence of that.
"Not all Rottweilers are bad. Not all Akitas or German shepherds are bad. A lot of it is how they're raised, and some of it is genetics," Mead said. "But also I think when you start mixing them you don't always see the same concerns you do when you have a purebred."
She added, "Mixes are one of a kind, you'll never get another dog exactly like it. ... The majority of the world says, 'I want that look,' and goes for the purebred. But these guys, their personality, the mix of different things, it's fun. Like the puppy I got. I have no idea what she will look like in the end. Mixed breeds need to become more of a fad."
I left BARCS not knowing much more than I did when I arrived, but with the hope I might still be able to get in touch with the man who found Ace and called to turn him in. Beyond that, there wasn't any more Mead really knew about Ace's background.
What she couldn't tell us, though, maybe his DNA could.
Tomorrow: Testing Ace's DNA