Team Sound Defense Participates in the Best Friends Strut Your Mutt Fundraiser
This year Team Sound Defense had an opportunity to participate in Best Friends second annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser. The Houston event took place on September 19th with registration opening at 7am and the fun Run / Walk starting at 8:30 am. The Festival was open the whole time but ended at 12 pm. The Houston event raised $277,044 exceeding the goal of $225,000 set for the Houston Mutt Strut. The event raises funds for local rescue organizations, animal shelters and for the Best Friends Organization. Counting all Mutt Struts in all cities, there were 13,000 human participants and more than 7,500 canine participants. Altogether nearly $2.2 million was raised with 1.6 million raised for Best Friends Network partner rescue groups and animal shelters.
The Mutt Strut took place at TC Jester Park in Houston. The park offers a nice concrete track, and there were many stops along the way for refreshments. Refreshments were offered for the canines and people as well. There was even a spot the dogs could shake hands for a treat!
The weather was a bit warm, and there was standing water in some areas on the way to registration, but overall it was a nice day.
This year the canine Team Sound Defense members included Cookie, Dusty, Daisy, Alfred and Cooper. Human team members pulled the waggin wagon so that any four-legged friend having a hard time with the walk could hitch a ride. Decked out in party collars and pink ruffled leg warmers Cookie and Daisy were show stoppers. Dusty, Alfred and Cooper all looked very sharp in their bow ties and leg warmers. Alfred looked so dashing that he even made the Mutt Strut event photo’s page.
The festival after the walk offered many booths and a lot to do for both people and canines alike. “Elvis” sang while participants crossed the finish line and took off to check out the festival. There were different rescue groups in the mix along with a few Veterinarians, grooming and training establishments, pet art activities and much more. There was a booth for a pooch smooch picture and a cooling station for hot dogs!
Overall we had a great time and hope to participate next year. What a great event. The stray and abandoned pet population is too high. It makes us all feel better to think we were making a difference in a few canine lives. The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year is an estimated 3-4 million per the Humane Society. Decreasing this number by any amount is a good thing. Team Sound Defense is looking forward to next year’s event.