Best Friends Animal Society adoption event offers strut or stretch partners ahead of Strut Your Mutt

Susan Richard
September 07, 2019 - 5:00 am

Best Friends Animal Society

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) Adopt. Stretch. Strut. That's what Best Friends Animal Society is hoping folks across the tri-state area will be doing this fall.

The New York chapter of Best Friends will host its annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk and festival at Manhattan's Pier 84, Hudson River Park, on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  1010 WINS is the official media partner for the event, with Midday Anchor Susan Richard serving as emcee.

Strut Your Mutt brings more than a thousand animal lovers together, to raise money for more than two dozen animal rescue organizations across the metro area. It also features music, contests, prizes, dog yoga, a pet psychic, and even a beer garden for the humans.

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." The overall goal for 2019's Strut Your Mutt is $600,000.

Don't have a dog? You can walk without one, but what fun is that? Ahead of Strut, Best Friends Lifesaving Center in SoHo is holding a 'Find Your Strut or Stretch' adoption event on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.  A strut partner would be a dog you can bring with you to the October event.  Stretch?  That would be a cat or kitten who can help you limber up.  As part of the two day promotion, adoption fees are reduced to $15.00 for both dogs and cats six months and older.  Hours are: Saturday 12 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.

Learn more about Best Friends Animal Society -- New York City in the latest episode of All For Animals TV with 1010 WINS' Susan Richard:

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.

For more information about adoption or about a particular pet, contact Best Friends at AdoptNYC@bestfriends.org. Best Friends reminds prospective adopters that to be considered for an animal in their care, you must be 18 years of age or older, have identification showing your current address, have the knowledge and consent of your landlord, and be willing to spend the time and finances necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care of the animal.

Get more info about Best Friends New York HERE.

Sign up for Strut Your Mutt HERE.