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Get Ready for Strut Your Mutt + the #9000Steps Challenge!

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Stepping into the real life role of an animal advocate, movie star Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn are shining a spotlight on a fundraising event that will make great strides in the creation of a better tomorrow for our four-legged friends in need.

Already a celebrity supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, the actress and her canine co-star in life have been cast as national spokesperson and spokesdog for the renowned charitable organization’s annual Strut Your Mutt events.

Presented by BOBS from Skechers, the promenades for a paws cause will take place in 14 cities across the country:

  • Portland, Oregon on September 10th
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota on September 11th
  • Austin, Texas and Kanab, Utah on September 17th
  • San Francisco, California on September 18th
  • Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida on September 24th
  • New York City, New York and D.C. Metro on October 1st
  • St. Louis, Missouri on October 8th
  • Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona on October 15h
  • Los Angeles, California and Salt Lake City, Utah on October 22nd

Devotees of dogs and fans of felines who are unable to attend one of the fundraising walks can still take steps toward putting adoptable companion animals on the road to a bright future by signing up for Best Friends’ #9000Steps Challenge. Named in loving memory of the estimated 9,000 dogs and cats who lose their lives each day in the U.S. shelter system simply because they do not have a home, on the 9th day of each month participants can report their #9000Steps accomplishment for the chance to win prizes.

The challenge’s ‘top dog’ will receive a BOBS from Skechers shopping spree and a photoshoot with their barking buddy or purring pal to be featured in an ad in Best Friends Magazine.

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“There are 9,000 dogs and cats killed every day in America’s shelters due to not having a home– that’s an estimated 4 million per year,” the Mamma Mia! star stated. “Best Friends is working around the country with local rescue groups and shelters to bring that number down to zero. Let’s each take 9,000 steps in the right direction to save them all!”

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Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt events have raised over $7.2 million for the organization’s animal welfare partners since the first walks in 2010. This year’s national goal is $3 million.

If you want to put your best foot forward for Best Friends Animal Society, start your own fundraising page or make a monetary contribution to an existing team, visit

Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society