Celebrities Attend Strut Your Mutt in Los Angeles

SYM 2013 Randee Goldman and Rachelle Lefevre
Always willing to go the extra mile for a paws cause, on September 15th Under the Dome star Rachelle Lefevre stepped into her role as a Best Friends Animal Society Acclaimed Ambassador as she and her four-pawed pal Jack took part in Strut Your Mutt 2013 Los Angeles.

Shameless star Emma Kenney with Dexter:

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“The animal rescue community is made up of so many tireless people working with multiple organizations,” stated Lefevre (who is seen in the photo above presenting the top fundraiser award to Randee Goldman of Lhasa Happy Homes.) “Not only does Strut Your Mutt raise money and awareness for an amazing cause, it also brings people from different groups together to celebrate their progress and share their passion for animals.”

Hartley Sawyer from the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless with Marcus:

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Several celebrities were spotted in the canine-loving crowd at Van Nuys’s Woodley Park, including the event’s emcee, comedian Rebecca Corry; NCIS: Los Angeles star Miguel Ferrer; Hartley Sawyer from the daytime drama The Young and the Restless; Necessary Roughness star Concetta Tomei; Emma Kenney from the Showtime series Shameless; Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie fame; Lucky Dog star Brandon McMillan; Jes Macallen from the ABC series Mistresses; Jason Gray Stanford from USA Network’s Monk; Tony Denison from The Closer spin-off series Major Crimes; trainer/fitness expert Ashley Borden; the LA Laker Girls and celebrity spouses/Castle cast members Seamus and Juliana Dever, who had their canine companion Maizy pose for a caricaturist during the festivities. “Strut Your Mutt is a great fundraiser and a fun way to bring attention to the cause of making Los Angeles a no kill city,” said Seamus Dever.

Seamus and Juliana Dever with Maizy:

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Jason Gray Stanford from the USA Network’s Monk and Jes Macallen from the ABC series Mistresses:

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Part of a nationwide fundraiser with a goal of raising $2 million for 240 shelters and rescue organizations across the country, Strut Your Mutt Los Angeles raised more than $424,000 for area animal welfare agencies– a number that can continue to grow, as donations will be accepted through October 6th.

The L.A. edition of Strut Your Mutt also served as a launching pad for Best Friends’ Save Them All campaign, which focuses on ending the euthanization of shelter pets in America. “When we started Best Friends, the conventional wisdom was that killing homeless pets was an unfortunate but unavoidable fact of life,” said Gregory Castle, Best Friends’ chief executive officer.

Celebrity fitness trainer Ashley Borden:

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“Back then, every day, some 45,000 animals were being killed in our nation’s shelters. Best Friends was one of the very first organizations to challenge the idea that killing animals in shelters was acceptable. And the number has dropped to 9,000 every day, but that number can be zero and should be.”

Members of the Los Angeles Laker Girls:

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For close to 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been working to reduce the number of deaths and put an end to this senseless killing once and for all, Castle continued. “We believed then and believe now that together we can save them all. Strut Your Mutt is a celebratory way for the shelters and groups to come together and invite the public to join them and Best Friends in the fight to save shelter animals’ lives,”
Castle said.

For information regarding future Strut Your Mutt events across the country:

Photo Credit: PRWeb/Best Friends Animal Society

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.