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How a Day for the Dogs Drew 2,500 People in Salt Lake City

Published on October 22, 2013 by Peter Tomala

Strut Your Mutt was definitely a day that went to the dogs. A record crowd turned out for the annual event that raises money for Best Friends Animal Society. More than 2,500 people participated in the Salt Lake City dog walk and festival—making it the largest in the event’s history. Another 400 people donated to the group online.

Strut Your Mutt, Broadview UniversityBroadview University partnered with Best Friends again this year to help make it a success. Our veterinary technology department was on hand providing nail trims and clien t education. Vet tech students were able to handle dogs and work with pet owners to make sure they are providing the best care for their dog. It was a chance for students to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting while giving back to the community. SCNAVTA (Vet Tech Student Group) also raised $150 by selling first aid kits during the festival.

“Strut Your Mutt was a huge success this year,” said Best Friends Animal Society Development Officer Merritt Rinard. “It’s our biggest event yet and also the most successful fundraising year. Over one million dollars will go to help local rescue groups and shelters across the country.We hit the ground running in May and that helped us raise over $1.6 million total.”

Broadview University, Strut Your MuttBest Friends Animal Society holds Strut Your Mutt events throughout the country. Participating cities include New York City, Los Angeles, Houston and San Fransico, among others. Even though the organization holds the event in major metropolitan cities, Salt Lake City’s dog walk had the most attendees and had the third highest fundraising total.

It was a great event for everyone involved as the proceeds went to support local animal rescue groups and help save the lives of animals in shelters.

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