October 30, 2014

Strut Your Mutt® —A Fun Way to Save Animal Lives, Sept. 6

 

Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt® returns to Los Angeles on September 6.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEST FRIENDS

Strut Your Mutt® —A Fun Way to Save Animal Lives, Sept. 6

Pooches on parade at a Strut Your MuttŪ event.

It was 1995 when Best Friends Animal Society® started a small dog walk event in its home state of Utah. Back then, even the most optimistic animal welfare enthusiast could not have imagined the community event growing to a multi-million dollar fundraiser benefiting hundreds of shelters and rescue groups around the country.

Nineteen years later, Best Friends, now the flagship organization for the no-kill movement in the United States, has gone beyond its Salt Lake City birthplace to 12 different cities for events between August and September of 2014.

The Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt® event takes place on September 6 at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades for an early-evening twilight walk and fun run for participants and their dogs, followed by an outdoor festival with activities for humans and canines alike.

Best Friends Animal Society/Los Angeles is pleased to collaborate with Eat|See|Hear —L.A.’s premiere outdoor movie, food truck, and live music event series—for doggie-themed activities featuring the famous Canine Cafe and Ruff & Relax, live music and a movie in the park to conclude a day of strutting for homeless pets. The Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt is sponsored by Bob Smith MINI of Calabasas, Cloud Star, Yelp, Natural Balance, Petco Foundation, Palisadian Post and Go Country 105.

PHOTO BY LORI FUSARO/BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY

Strut Your Mutt® —A Fun Way to Save Animal Lives, Sept. 6

The Tovar family of Los Angeles pose with Madeline, whom they adopted in June from the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills.

Funds raised through Strut Your Mutt are utilized locally to fund adoption programs, spay/neuter services and other life-saving programs, which dramatically impact the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters. Last year, nearly $1.7 million benefited approximately 230 animal welfare groups. The 2014 goal is to raise a grand total of $2 million.

“This year Best Friends is celebrating its 30th anniversary. When we started, the conventional wisdom was that killing homeless pets was an unfortunate but unavoidable fact of life. Every day some 45,000 animals were being killed in our nation’s shelters,” said Gregory Castle, Best Friends’ chief executive officer. “Best Friends was one of the very first organizations to challenge the idea that killing animals in shelters was acceptable. Because of a lot of hard work through the years by Best Friends and other organizations, the daily number has dropped to 9,000, but we are committed to reducing that number to zero.”

What makes Strut Your Mutt special in the world of non-profit organizations is that Best Friends Animal Society provides the infrastructure for the events, but allows local organizations to benefit from funds raised. For many small, grassroots animal welfare organizations, proceeds from Strut Your Mutt provide an important part of the groups’ annual operating funds.

“Strut Your Mutt is a celebratory way for the shelters and groups to come together and invite the public to join us in our call to action: Save Them All,” Castle said.

For more information and to register, visit www.strutyourmutt.org.

Best Friends Animal Society—is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety.