1010 WINS teams with Best Friends Animal Society NYC for Strut Your Mutt

Susan Richard
September 29, 2019 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) People and their pets are doing 'down dog' as they limber up to help shelter pets across the metro area.

The New York chapter of Best Friends Animal Society will host its annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk and festival at Manhattan's Pier 84, Hudson River Park, on Saturday, October 5. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the walk begins at 11:30 a.m., and the event ends at 2 p.m.  

Strut Your Mutt brings more than a thousand animal lovers together to support and raise funds for Best Friends or one of the 35 local participating animal welfare organizations, all members of the Best Friends Network.  Last year in NYC, nearly 2,000 walkers raised almost $600,000 for lifesaving programs, such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more. 

The event also features doggie yoga and reiki, paw painting, a Smooch Your Pooch photo booth, music, contests and giveaways, a Six Point Brewery beer garden (for the humans), food from The Vegan Shawarma, and more. 1010 WINS is the official media partner for the event, with Midday Anchor Susan Richard serving as emcee. 1010 WINS sister station WCBS-FM will provide the music.

For the participating organizations, the event is crucial to fulfilling their mission. "For a lot of them, this is their main fundraiser of the entire year," Best Friends New York Public Relations Manager Hannah Stember told 1010 WINS. "Whatever they raise, they keep 100 percent of all profits." Partcipants can walk with or without a dog.

Best Friends', which best known for its sprawling sanctuary in Utah, has had a presence in New York City for roughly ten years, spearheading a number of community activities, including large adoption events. Their location, at 307 West Broadway, has been open for two years. In addition to taking in animals from Animal Care Centers of New York City, they also pull at risk dogs and cats from parts of New Jersey as well as Texas, Georgia and other southern states where a lack of spay/neuter awareness results in overpopulation.  

In addition, Best Friends directly assists smaller local rescue groups that don't have brick and mortar adoption centers. "We also use this Lifesaving Center as a cooperative model, so we allow our network partners to being their animals here. We care for them and get them adopted and it helps them free up space in their programs," Stember said.

Nationwide, more than 14,000 people participated in 2018, raising more than $2.3 million for homeless pets.

Strut Your Mutt 2019 happens rain or shine. and participants can walk with or without a dog.  Sign up for Strut Your Mutt HERE.