Every dollar raised supports the lifesaving efforts of Best Friends or the participating network partner group of your choice.

Fundraising is an integral part of Strut Your Mutt. The crucial funds you raise go directly to saving lives in your community and across the country.

Whether you’re raising money for Best Friends or a participating network partner organization, the funds provide lifesaving resources and programs where it’s needed the most.

Thanks to people like you, this year we’ve raised:
In 2022, we've raised:
$264,471 of our goal: $1,300,000
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Fundraising through Strut Your Mutt

Whether you register as an individual or team, every dollar raised goes directly toward helping homeless pets.

When you register for Strut Your Mutt, you can choose to register as an individual or start your own team to support the animals of Best Friends, or you can join a participating Best Friends Network Partner team. 

Fundraising as a team 

To get started, the team’s captain will register your team to participate in Strut Your Mutt. Once your team is registered, spread the word about your team and start asking friends, family and co-workers for their support.  

Fundraising as an individual 

To get started, register as an individual, then start raising funds for homeless pets by asking friends, family and co-workers to support your in-person or virtual walk.  

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Tools to help you reach your goal

To help you in your fundraising efforts, we’ve created all kinds of great resources, from helpful tips and email messages to inspiring videos and social media posts.

All participants have unlimited access to these helpful guides and tools. To see them and get started, just register and log in as a participant.

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Maximize your fundraising with ResQWalk

If you’re looking to have even more fun while strutting, keep an eye out for our Strut Your Mutt challenges.

Get your Strut Your Mutt team in on the lifesaving action today by downloading and signing up for ResQWalk.  

This year, ResQWalk is integrated with Strut Your Mutt, so you can now track your ResQWalks and mileage inside your fundraising center.  

The benefits of ResQWalk

When you download and use ResQwalk, you can track your miles and raise additional funds through the monthly ResQpool.

The top performing participant on ResQwalk (animal included) will be featured on ResQwalk social media channels. And as an added bonus, you can use the app to post cute photos of your pets to share with fellow ResQwalkers.

ResQwalk for teams

You can encourage your team to download and use ResQwalk by offering incentives such as raffles or other prizes. Then, challenge your team members to match your mileage with dollars and get friends and family to donate a dollar a day for every mile walked leading up to Strut Your Mutt.

Don’t forget to share your ResQwalk activity on social media to get the word out about Strut Your Mutt.

ResQwalk App support

For app support, please email resqwalk@bestfriends.org. If your organization is already a verified partner on ResQWalk, great!

If you’re not officially a partner just yet or if you have had organizational changes, please let us know by filling out this form. We’ll get your account created or updated and you’ll be one step closer to your fundraising goals. 

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Fundraising tools
Need tips on how to ask your social circle to make a donation? Once you register, you'll have access to read our fundraising tools guide.

Ready for a challenge?

If you’re looking to have even more fun while strutting, keep an eye out for our Strut Your Mutt challenges.

We’ll give you challenges throughout the fundraising season that will earn you some Best Friends swag, badges and well-deserved bragging rights. Here’s a list of some of the fun challenges you can choose from:  

Personal fundraising challenge 

During the first month of registration, donate $50 to your personal fundraising page to win a Best Friends Animal Society swag item (to be announced soon). 

ResQWalk challenge  

We will feature the top performing ResQwalker (animal included) on ResQwalk social media channels.  

72-Hour challenge  

Raise $30 in three days for Strut Your Mutt and get a special gift from Best Friends. Dates will be announced via email.

Please check back later closer to the event for more information about the upcoming challenges.  All challenges and dates are tentative.

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About Strut Your Mutt

Raise crucial funds to save lives in your community today.

Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt, an annual fundraising event, is a series of charity walks and a virtual fundraiser that brings entire communities together to raise money toward saving the lives of homeless pets.

Participants can choose to support and raise funds for Best Friends or their favorite local participating animal welfare organization. Fundraising begins August 1 and ends October 31.


A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors who help make Strut Your Mutt a huge lifesaving success.