Dearborn, Michigan. On Saturday, April 23rd, Exchange Club volunteers and other kind supporters
are heading out to key intersections in downtown West Dearborn for a collection drive to benefit the
animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter. For a second year in a row, volunteers will have
a special Mutt Strut “Paw Prints” newspaper edition available for any donation offered, to help
promote the 11th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo. The newspaper is produced by the Times-Herald,
and all proceeds will benefit adoptable animals in the care of the shelter.
This is the fifth year that the Exchange Club will be conducting the street collection drive. For the
first three years, it was held solely on the Saturday of Mutt Strut. Last year, the drive expanded to
include a pre-event collection day and one on the day of the event. Both of these collection days,
Saturday, April 23rd and Saturday, May 14th will take place from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
According to Pat D’Ambrosio, Exchange Club member and collection drive organizer, “Our
members and volunteers look forward to this event every year and take part in this unique way to get
out and support homeless animals in our community”. 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 14th 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 using a special event website, www.DearbornMuttStrut.com
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,
and doggie competitions, including a K9 Run Fun and high-flying Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee
challenge. 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.
Exchange Club of Dearborn is the local chapter of the National Exchange Club, a 100-year-old
service organization. Members participate in fundraising activities and outreach to support local
youth and other nonprofit organizations to improve lives for those in Dearborn and surrounding
communities. Call 734-355-8114 to learn more about the Exchange Club.
The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the
Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697
and online www.DearbornAnimals.org Follow the shelter on Facebook and Twitter.