Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt event returns to St. Louis for the third year on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The walk and family-friendly doggie festival will be held again at TillesPark, 9551 Litzsinger Road, Saint Louis, Missouri63124.
What makes this event 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.
The “Strut Your Mutt” concept is built around a community dog walk and festival that allows people to raise funds in advance, and then celebrate together with fellow animal lovers and multiple rescue groups/shelters. The event includes doggie themed activities like doggie yoga and massage, paw readings, food, contests and much more.
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. In 2013 Strut Your Mutt took place in 11 cities across the country, including a virtual Strut Across America (now called the Strut Your Mutt Challenge). More than 13,000 people turned out to strut with 9,200 dogs. The event raised nearly $1.7 million, with around $1.2 million of that supporting No More Homeless Pets Network partners. The national goal for 2014 is $2 million.