Celebrities are going to the dogs for Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt Presented by BOBS from Skechers. Denise Richards, Michelle Beadle, Natalie Morales and Kristen Renton will each lead their own fundraising packs at the Los Angeles community dog walk and festival.
The 6th Annual Strut Your Mutt Los Angeles will take place at downtown’s Exposition Park on Saturday, October 10. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the walk and 5K run launching at 9 a.m., followed by pet contests, photos, doggie goodies, fun activities for dogs and people, food, refreshments, and more.
Strut Your Mutt is a national fundraising effort taking place across 12 cities that brings together rescue groups, shelters and individuals to celebrate the collective effort of saving the lives of shelter pets. Additionally, through a virtual Strut Your Mutt Challenge, supporters can raise money to help homeless pets in their own communities or for national programs that help to create sweeping changes for homeless pets everywhere.
“When Best Friends started its work in 1984, there were approximately 17 million dogs and cats dying in shelters nationwide,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “Thanks to the leadership of Best Friends, and the efforts of rescue groups and shelters across the country, today that number is down to an estimated 4 million. “
Since 2010, Best Friends has raised more than $5.2 million for its animal welfare partners through Strut Your Mutt. The national goal for 2015 is $2.6 million and the goal for Los Angeles, the event’s largest fundraising city, is $750,000.
“The donations raised during Strut Your Mutt are used to fund lifesaving adoption programs and spay/neuter services, so that, ultimately, we impact the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters. We won’t stop until we save them all,” Gregory said.
To get involved, start your own fundraising page or donate to an existing team, please visit StrutYourMutt.org.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor BOBs by Skechers and national sponsors MINI and Nature’s Variety Instinct.