Best Friends Animal Society will review all booth sales applications prior to approval and confirmation. Booth applications will be considered for approval based on the interests of our target audience (animal lovers), consistency with Best Friends’ mission and any exclusivity rights granted to our national sponsors (i.e., the need to ensure that items and services are not in direct competition with our national sponsors).
We encourage any business who would appeal to our pet-loving audience to apply for a booth at Strut Your Mutt ― not just those businesses who are strictly related to pet supplies and services. Although cats are not allowed at Strut Your Mutt, businesses that relate to cat lovers are encouraged to participate.
We apologize, but we generally do not approve applications from other nonprofit organizations (including animal rescue groups, animal shelters and other animal welfare organizations), if they would normally qualify to be one of our network partners. While we are happy to accept applications from non-network nonprofits, approval of these applications is rare.
Due to relationships with national sponsors, certain business categories will not be approved. Currently, those categories include all pet food manufacturers and pet treat manufacturers who sell products on a national level. Thank you for your understanding.
You can cancel your Strut Your Mutt participation at any time. However, please be courteous of our limited space and cancel as soon as possible so that other potential exhibitors can support the event. No refunds will be made once invoices are paid.
After reviewing your exhibitor application, a Best Friends representative will email a confirmation letter or a decline notice. If you do not receive this confirmation letter within one week of submitting your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, indicate you’re interested in the (list which city) Strut Your Mutt, and let them know that an exhibitor application has already been submitted. Once you’re approved to exhibit, details about load-in and load-out on event day will be emailed to you three to four weeks before the event date.
There is an Early Bird discount on applications submitted through July 2. Starting July 3, the price will increase. The following is included in the fee:
For the latest Strut Your Mutt updates, please check the Best Friends Strut Your Mutt website, strutyourmutt.org,. Here are some important dates:
June 17: Strut Your Mutt online registration opens, and you can begin setting up your company team.
Deadlines to apply to be an exhibitor:
DC Metro--Sept 20
Los Angeles—Oct 2
New York City--Sept 20
Salt Lake City--Sept 18
San Francisco—August 23
Two weeks prior to event: All approved exhibitors must have their booth paid in full or space will be re-allocated to another applicant and your participation will be canceled.
One day prior to event: Strut Your Mutt online registration closes at noon in the local time zone of each event city. From that point onward, each city’s site will remain open solely for the purpose of accepting donations through October 31.
One day prior to event: Early move-in for exhibitors (details and times will be shared in your exhibitor kit) if applicable.