Katherine Schwarzenegger Encourages Pet Lovers to Lace Up, Leash Up, and Save Lives at Best Friends Animal Society’s “Strut Your Mutt”

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The annual event, which raises funds for participating animal welfare groups, will take place both online and in 12 cities across the country

Katherine Schwarzenegger, spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society's Strut Your Mutt, poses with her rescue dog Maverick.

"I hope animal lovers across the country will join Maverick and Me for this fun event for a fantastic cause,” Katherine Schwarzenegger, spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society's Strut Your Mutt.

Author and animal rescue advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger, who wrote “Maverick and Me” based on her adopted dog, is encouraging pet lovers to register for Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt. The annual fundraising event is taking place online and in 12 different cities across the country in September and October. Registration is now open online at http://www.strutyourmutt.org.

"Maverick has been my inspiration to encourage others to help animals in need, so I'm proud to participate in Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt this year as the national spokesperson. Participants will be able to help local rescue groups and shelters in their communities, and help spread the mission of Best Friends Animal Society to save dogs and cats in shelters nationwide. I hope animal lovers across the country will join Maverick and Me for this fun event for a fantastic cause,” Schwarzenegger said.

In 2018, Strut Your Mutt raised more than $2.3 million for Best Friends Animal Society and hundreds of participating animal welfare group’s lifesaving efforts. Much more than a fundraising walk, Strut Your Mutt is a fun-filled festival where four- and two-legged participants of all ages can take part in activities like doggie yoga, pet portraits, music, contests and more.

The following cities will host Strut Your Mutt events:

September 7         San Francisco, CA
September 14     Austin, TX
September 21         Kanab, Utah/ Best Friends Animal Sanctuary     
September 28     Houston, TX
                             Minneapolis, MN
October 5         Atlanta, GA
                             New York City, NY
                             D.C. Metro
October 12         Salt Lake City, UT        
October 19         Phoenix, AZ
October 26         Los Angeles, CA
                     Jacksonville, FL

For those without a “Strut” in their city, Strut Your Mutt Day will take place on October 26. The online event allows virtual “Strutters” the opportunity to raise funds for the animal welfare organization of their choice. For more information, visit http://www.strutyourmutt.org.

About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,600 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from an estimated 17 million per year to about 800,000. That means there are still nearly 2,200 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to bring the country to no-kill by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit http://www.bestfriends.org.
To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

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