Mutts on PARADE

Dear Davi,

What are humans doing to help homeless pets in our city?

Wally the Weimaraner



Dogs and cats far outrank other domestic animals, like cows, chickens and pigs, when it comes to being cuddled. The hard truth is that despite how much humans love their fur kids, there’s a huge homeless pet problem in our country. According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million pets enter shelters every year, including 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats. Luckily, organizations like Best Friends Animal Society are taking action to turn these stats around and save the lives of more homeless pets. I tracked down Jessie Miller from Best Friends to fetch the facts about this week’s event, Strut Your Mutt:

Tell us about Strut Your Mutt.
Strut Your Mutt is no ordinary dog walk. It’s a fundraising festival that brings together four-legged and two-legged friends to mingle, raise awareness and raise funds toward saving the lives of homeless pets in our community.

Strut Your Mutt sounds fun! Where is it being held?
It’s at Metropolitan Park on Saturday, Sept. 24. Registration opens at 8 a.m., the walk starts at 9 a.m., and it all wraps up at noon.

Are there really dogs and cats in America, even in our city, without homes?
Sadly, there are. An estimated 9,000 dogs and cats are killed every day in shelters, simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.

How can dogs and humans make a difference?
Register to walk! Your donations will go to programs community-wide and nationwide to help countless pets find forever homes.

Asking as a short-legged pup, is the walk on the short side or is there a longer course for those who want a challenge?
Don’t worry, there are options. There’s a long route for the more adventurous, at 1.49 miles, and a shorter route for those who want to take it easy, at .66 miles.

Will there be treats – and water?
Absolutely! What’s a dog event without tasty treats? There will be vendors selling canine and human goodies. Water is available along the walk route and at the event.

In this heat, is there first aid available for dogs and humans?
Of course — safety is a priority. There will be an EMT for humans and an Affiliated Veterinary Specialists vet onsite for any pet-related concerns.

Can dogs and humans hang around after the walk?
Sure. There will be interactive games and fun activities, music, field activities, kid crafts, dog demos, contests, raffles with prizes, and special appearances by local celebrities. There’s even a Smooch Your Pooch Photo Booth.

Where can my friends and I sign up?
Tell your friends to go to

Happy strutting!


Davi the dachshund isn’t a mutt or an endurance walker, but he is a fan of strutting his ruff stuff.