Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt Events

Taking steps to help dogs and cats in need with every step they take, pet parents and their pups in cities from coast to coast are preparing for Strut Your Mutt, a nationwide event unleashed each year by a non-profit organization that always goes the extra mile to help our pals with paws– Best Friends Animal Society.

Presented by BOBS for Dogs from Skechers, the annual amble raises awareness of the approximately 5,500 dogs and cats who face their fate in the US shelter system each day while raising funds for both Best Friends Animal Society (a nationwide animal rescue and advocacy organization on a mission to make the country no-kill by 2025) and for participating animal shelters and rescue organizations that make up the All Best Friends Network.

Would you like to take part in a walk to help donations climb to this year’s national fundraising goal of $3,000,000? You can find a Strut your Mutt event in your area and sign up, start your own fundraising page or make a monetary contribution to an existing team by visiting!

Strut Your Mutt Events


Cesar Chavez Park, Laveen Village
October 21
from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The city known as The Valley of the Sun will celebrate the dogs and cats who are the sunshine of our lives as they raise $50,000 for area rescues.


Los Angeles
Exposition Park
October 21
from 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dog devotees and fans of felines in The City of Angeles will be in seventh heaven if they reach their lofty goal of $700,000!

San Francisco
Little Marina Green
September 30
from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Strut Your Mutt will be a golden opportunity for animal lovers living in The Golden City to raise $150,000 to help homeless Fidos and felines in the San Francisco area .

D.C. Metro

Wheaton Regional Park (in Wheaton, Maryland)
October 7
from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Doggedly determined to help dogs and cats in the D.C. metro area, participants and their Rovers will try to raise $125,000.


Riverside Park
September 30
from 8 a.m. – noon
Fido- and feline-loving Floridians are focused on raising $145,000 for the paws cause.


Brook Run Park
September 23
from 8 a.m. – noon
Atlanta’s animal lovers will get fit with their four-legged friends as they try to raise $50,000.


Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park
September 10
from 8 a.m. – noon
Minnesotans will make great strides toward a better tomorrow for homeless companion animals as they strive toward a $100,000 fundraising goal.


St. Louis
Tower Grove Park
September 23
from 8 a.m. – noon
Animal lovers in The Show Me State will show homeless dogs and cats how much they care as they walk with their Rovers to raise $50,000.

New York

New York City
Hudson River Park’s Pier 26
October 7
from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dog and cat lovers in The Big Apple are making big plans to help our furry friends in need as they work toward reaching a fundraising goal of $425,000!


Sellwood Riverfront Park
September 9
from 8 a.m. – noon
The “City of Roses” will transform into “The City of Rovers” as pet parents and their pups take part in the walk, which hopes to raise $100,000 this year.


Walter E. Long Park
September 16
from 8 a.m. – noon
Animal-loving Austinites can celebrate the fact that the city is consistently ranked one of the country’s top dog-friendly spots as they stroll toward their goal of raising $275,000.

Stude Park
October 14
from 8 a.m. – noon
It’s been said that everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the fundraising goal for Houstonians, who are dreaming big by striving toward a $450,000 goal.


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Help homeless companion animals at the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary by working toward raising $50,000.

Salt Lake City
Liberty Park
October 14
from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Known as “The Crossroads of the West,” Salt lake City’s citizens will help dogs and cats who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives as they walk toward a fundraising goal of $50,000.


Can’t find a Strut Your Mutt event in your area? You won’t be in the dog house with your barking buddy, because you and your pup can still participate in Strut Your Mutt Day! Taking place everywhere on October 28, you can lace up your sneakers and promenade with your pooch through your local park, take a hike around your neighborhood or simply take your canine on a constitutional around your own home. When registering to take part in the event, you can request your contribution to be donated to Best Friends or to your favorite local animal welfare group, and in the interim leading up to Strut Your Mutt Day you can raise funds to further aid your chosen organization.

Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society/ Facebook

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About Grace Sydney

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