Thank you for visiting my Strut Your Mutt fundraising page.
Strut Your Mutt isn’t your average dog walk. Hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, it’s a huge festival with dog friendly events that raises money for a cause — saving the lives of animals in shelters across America.
This charity walk is a lot of fun, but here’s really why I’m participating. Every day, more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters simply because they don't have safe places to call home. Each one could have been someone’s furry buddy, if given a chance. That’s why I’m joining thousands of fellow supporters in 14 festival cities and online to take part in this incredible fundraising event.
MLAR receives nearly all their animals from LA city and county shelters. Known throughout the Los Angeles animal rescue community as one of the largest and most responsible rescues, MLAR is one of the first rescues that shelter employees and volunteers reach out to when they have dogs in danger. The most endangered animals are almost always the sick and injured, with issues such as broken legs/pelvis, mange/skin conditions, bite wounds, eye injuries, respiratory infections, dental disease, and geriatric dogs usually with a range of medical issues. The public never gets to see these poor souls at the shelter. They are tucked away in a medical ward, off-limits to the general public, in pain and scared. Many were hit by cars because their humans were not responsible. Some have medical issues that were never treated because they weren’t taken to a veterinarian. Some are abuse cases.
Once MLAR rescues an animal from the shelter, the animal immediately goes to the vet for a full exam and treatment, and if necessary, surgery is scheduled. From there, the animal will go into a foster home where they can decompress from the trauma of being at the shelter, and experience the love, affection, and care of a stable home before being adopted into a forever family.
Each year approximately 1,500,000 animals are euthanized in US animal shelters. Through partnerships with animal rescues like Much Love, Los Angeles city shelters have experienced an 82% drop in euthanasia rates since 2012; Much Love won’t stop until the shelters are a safe place for all dogs and cats.
Most of the donations from my page will go to senior dogs. These guys face the most challenges of getting adopted since they usually have unaddressed health issues, and they are no longer cute young galloping puppies. The shelter is a very scary place for seniors, they are old enough to be missing their family and usually experience the most confusion and fear from being abandoned.