Strutting to save lives

For 28 years, Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt annual walk and fundraiser for animals has been bringing entire communities together to save the lives of homeless pets across the country.

When the first Strut Your Mutt event took place in 1995 on a cold, wet day in Salt Lake City, we never dreamed at the time that this small event would turn into a national phenomenon, generating millions of dollars and benefiting hundreds of shelters and rescue groups across the country.

Since 1995, the landscape of fundraising events has changed dramatically, and new technology has made it possible for more groups to keep each other informed about the causes they support. Therefore, this year, Strut Your Mutt will return to its roots with just a single event in Salt Lake City.

Julie Castle

From our CEO, Julie Castle

"Strut Your Mutt holds a very special place in my heart. Beyond the remarkable journey this event has had, the memories that have been made, and the lives that have been saved, creating this event was my launchpad into animal welfare."

Julie Castle 

Dog and cat walk

A fundraiser that saves lives

Every dollar raised from Strut Your Mutt goes directly to help save dogs and cats in communities throughout the U.S.

Since every Strut Your Mutt participant chooses to support and raise funds for either Best Friends or their favorite participating animal welfare organization, so many animals are helped at shelters and rescue groups across the country. 

All money raised from Strut Your Mutt has been used to save homeless pets in our communities through spay/neuter programs, adoption events, foster programs, veterinary care, lifesaving transports, and other activities. 

The Best Friends Network, made up of thousands of rescue groups and shelters around the country, uses Strut You Mutt as a platform to raise the crucial funds needed to save the lives of pets in their care. 

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A look back at Strut Your Mutt

Not only have we saved the lives of dogs and cats, but we’ve had so much fun and made so many connections with amazing, animal-loving people.

In Strut Your Mutt’s 28 years, we’ve strutted in 17 cities and held a virtual fundraising event to benefit the animals of Best Friends’ partner shelters and rescue groups across the country.

The work goes on

Although Strut Your Mutt is changing, there are so many other ways you can continue to create a better world for homeless pets and their communities.

Let’s stay in touch

We’ve had so much fun strutting with you over the years, and we hope you’ll connect with us on social media to stay in the loop about the lifesaving progress we’re making together.   

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