Strut Your Mutt® is Best Friends’ biggest annual fundraising event for our Network partners, culminating in a full day of community dog walking and festival activities in 12 cities around the country. We also have an online Strut Your Mutt Challenge for all groups outside of those 12 cities.
Not only does Strut Your Mutt raise awareness about saving the lives of homeless pets — it also provides local rescue groups and shelters, like you, with a huge opportunity to raise much-needed funds. In 2014, enthusiastic strutters raised nearly $2.2 million, including more than $1.6 million for 251 participating Network partner teams nationwide.
The first step to getting involved with Strut Your Mutt is to apply to participate. Once Network partners are approved to participate, they are responsible for setting up their team fundraising page, recruiting team members, and encouraging team members to solicit donations. We provide fundraising guidance and support throughout the months leading up to the events, including a variety of free marketing materials that may be customized to reflect each individual organization’s information. Click here to learn more about the exciting fundraising promotions and incentives that may add between $500-$1,000 to your fundraising goal! All of the money raised stays with your local organization to help pets in your community*.
To see the dates and locations for the 2015 Strut Your Mutt events, click here. If you are not near one of the twelve live event cities, please join us for the online Strut Your Mutt Challenge! The fundraising for the Strut Your Mutt Challenge teams works exactly the same as those teams participating in a live event, but it is solely an online fundraising campaign that does not conclude with an actual event in your city. Click here to learn more about the online Strut Your Mutt Challenge.
Public registration and fundraising begin May 4, but the application to participate is now available! Click here to apply to participate, which is the first step to begin fundraising through Strut Your Mutt.
*minus applicable fees
Rescuzilla Animal Rescue of NYC has participated in Strut Your Mutt for the past two years in NYC. According to Carolina Leon- Duarte, Vice-President:
“Strut Your Mutt is such a great opportunity to not only raise funds, but more importantly, to engage supporters and create new ones for your organization. It's also a nice day to have fun and enjoy all your hard work with your volunteers, adopters, and donors.”
Think it sounds too good to be true? Click here to read a strut success story from a community cat trap-neuter-return organization that raised over $11,000 through Austin Strut Your Mutt!
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning to participate? Here are details of what will be required of groups in 2015: