Strut Your Mutt: Saving Lives, Teaching Students
Published on August 22, 2013 by Peter Tomala
For hundreds of dogs and cats, the new Best Friends Animal Society’s adoption center will be called home—temporarily. The center opened up in Sugarhouse this summer with the goal of finding 600 animals new homes by the end of their first year. After just over two months, 147 dogs and cats and two rabbits have new places to live.
The facility’s fast start may have something to do with the location. According to Best Friends Animal Society, “The new center is part of a trend to take adoptable shelter animals into retail environments. The new retail-type location will help bring more adoptable animals directly to the public, especially to people who might not normally visit a shelter.”
To help support the demand, Best Friends holds “Strut Your Mutt”—an annual fundraiser, walk and dog festival that supports local animal rescue groups and helps save the lives of animals in shelters.
Broadview University is proud to support Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt and is currently exploring ways to partner with the new adoption center.
During the event, the university’s veterinary technology department provides nail trims and client education. The vet tech students are able to handle dogs and work with pet owners on making sure they are providing the best care for their dog. Being able to work with attendees allows students to work on their customer service skills while getting hands-on practical training. The large amount of dogs during the event keeps students on their toes but makes for a highly rewarding day.
“Strut Your Mutt is a great family-friendly event, but at its core it’s a powerful fundraising tool for our Network Partners,” notes Best Friends. “Approved Network Partners (shelters and rescue groups) are allowed to keep the money they raise during the event, so it stays local.”
Best Friends has been helping thousands of animals in Utah since 2000 by providing low-cost and no-cost spay and neuters, hosting adoptions, and backing Trap/Neuter/Return for community cats.
“Hopefully, the people who visit the center will feel the love from the animals we feature and help us reduce pet homelessness by giving these animals a forever home of their own,” says Best Friends Animal Society’s CEO Gregory Castle. “If you can’t add another pet to your home, consider volunteering to walk a dog or play with a cat. Our volunteers play important roles in helping to socialize the animals and put them in the best position to be adopted.”
The new center is located at 2005 South and 1100 East in SLC and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Strut Your Mutt will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Liberty Park. For more information, visit their website.