Exchange Club volunteers take to the streets on Saturday April 18th for a collection drive at key intersections including Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. Volunteers will have a special “Mutt Strut” newspaper edition available for any donation offered, in support of the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s 10th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo. All proceeds will benefit adoptable animals in the care of the shelter.
This is the fourth year that the Exchange Club will be lending a paw. They traditionally collect on the streets the day of Mutt Strut, and they will again in 2015. But this is the first year they decided to pre-promote via this unique newspaper drive.
“Our members and volunteers are excited about lending a hand again this spring. Michigan Avenue in Dearborn is a busy route and reaching these drivers could raise awareness about the shelter, Mutt Strut and much needed funds for the homeless animals,” says Pat D’Ambrosio, Exchange Club member and collection-drive organizer. Adorned with bright vests, the collection team is going to be stationed at major intersections in Dearborn, including Michigan Avenue extending from Outer Drive to Oakwood Boulevard.
Mutt Strut & Pet Expo takes place on Saturday, May 9th and is a pledge-driven dog walk and community wide animal celebration day. It is the largest gathering of pet fans in the area. Festivities take place at Ford Field Park in Dearborn from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with the walk commencing at 11 a.m. Register for the walk online at www.DearbornAnimals.org
Additional Mutt Strut highlights include a midway of vendors with services and products for pets and humans. There is a Doggie Fun Zone with contests, games, and activities for you and your pup, an adopted-pet Celebration Tent to honor adoption alumni, and doggie competitions, including a K9 Run Fun and former Detroit Tiger great Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs dock-diving. Entertainment and free family fun events take place all day long. And food trucks will be on hand serving a great variety of street cuisine.
Source: Dearborn Animal Shelter