Best Friends Animal Society's Strut Your Mutt Returns

Best Friends PR Team

KANAB, Utah -For the past 23 years, Americans have been coming together to raise money to help save the lives of homeless pets. Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to making the United States No-Kill by 2025, launched Best Friends® Strut Your Mutt® in Salt Lake City in 1996 and since then it has become a national event by staying local. 

Best Friends® Strut Your Mutt® will be in 12 communities nationwide. Those who take part in this annual fundraising charity dog walk event can choose to support and raise funds for Best Friends or their favorite local participating animal welfare organization. The events start Saturday, Sept.7, 2019 and end Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. 

But it's much more than a fundraising walk. Strut Your Mutt is a fun-filled festival where four-, three- and two-legged participants of all ages can take part in activities like doggie yoga, pet portraits, music, contests, food trucks and more.  

Every year, about 733,000 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters simply because they don't have safe places to call home. But in every community, local people are fighting to change this, said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society: "The public has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to no-kill. You save lives, volunteer your time, support your favorite programs and, probably most important of all, you set community expectations for the highest possible care and commitment to life for shelter pets. Best Friends Strut Your Mutt is one of those times that local people come together to help animals in their community and across the country. Together we can Save Them All and make the country no-kill by 2025."  

New York Times bestselling author and animal rescue advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, who wrote "Maverick and Me" based on her adopted dog, is the 2019 Strut Your Mutt spokesperson and will attend the Los Angeles event. Singer/songwriter Katie Toupin will perform at the Atlanta, Austin, Houston, and San Francisco events, accompanied by her rescue dog, Cheeto.   

Nationwide, more than 14,000 people participated in 2018, raising more than $2.3 million for homeless pets.  

Don't live in one of the 12 cities participating? No problem! Strut Your Mutt Day is nationwide 

For people interested in saving the lives of homeless pets that don't live in a city that hosts a live event, there is, Strut Your Mutt Day on October 26, a virtual fundraiser that allows people to raise funds online for Best Friends Animal Society or a participating local animal welfare group in their area.   
To get involved, start your own fundraising page or donate to an existing team please visit  

Special thanks to national sponsors Cuteness and Wellness® Natural Food for Pets  

All Best Friends® Strut Your Mutt® participating cities and dates: 

September 7             
San Francisco 
September 14              
Austin, Texas 
September 21                
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah 
September 28                 
Houston | Minneapolis-St. Paul  
October 5                        
Atlanta | D.C. Metro | New York City                                            
October 12                      
Salt Lake City  
October 19                      
October 26                      
Los Angeles | Jacksonville, Fla.  
October 26  
National Strut Your Mutt Day 

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 355,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,000 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit