Stretch your paws on Tuesday, March 19, as the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter (FFDAS) celebrates spring by hosting a launch event for the 10th annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo! The drop-in event will be held 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, located at 16301 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.
This launch party is open to the public, especially animal lovers interested in raising much-needed funds for community rescues. Attendees will learn more about how to get involved with Mutt Strut, which takes place on Saturday, May 9, 2015. “Fetch” information about how to volunteer at the Strut. “Retrieve” your Mutt Strut pledge packet to get a “paw” up on your competition to win Leader of the Pack Prizes. Visit our “Sit, Stay, Sign-up” stations and create your online pledge page. Refreshments will be served in the lobby, with a chance to take home door-prize giveaways.
Launch-party guests will also meet Pretty Boy (now named Indy), the 2015 Mutt Strut spokes-dog. Abandoned and tied to a fire hydrant in frigid weather, Indy found sanctuary at the Dearborn Animal Shelter. He was recruited by Stiggy’s Dogs, which matches rescue pups with military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. According to FFDAS Development Director Kelle Sisung, “Indy reminds us that when we Strut, we not only help the animals we care for each year, we’re changing human lives too.”
Can’t attend the kick-off event? You can still get ready to strut for strays by creating your pledge page today. Using your own words, photos, and videos, you can answer the question: Why do you strut?
The actual Mutt Strut, presented by Dearborn Family Pet Care, is staged in downtown West Dearborn, and runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine, on May 9. The community-wide celebration promotes the health of pets and their people and features activities for all animal lovers, pet owners, and families.
In addition to the fun and festivities, Mutt Strut participants gather pledges to benefit the Dearborn Animal Shelter. During the first nine years, Mutt Strut supporters have raised over $645,000 directly benefiting more than 22,500 rescues. Register to participate or pledge at www.dearbornmuttstrut.com, or by calling (313) 943-2697.
Source: Dearborn Animal Shelter