This year I strut in memeory of Henry, our first boxer. We adopted from NCBR in 2005 and I spent the next few years trying to figure out how to give back to the organization that helped save this amazing old soul. After being told for years that the only way to help was to foster I was determined to find a way. I joined the transport team in 2011 and after my first transport of pulling (6) 5-week boxers puppies from the Stanislaus County Shelter and getting them to the safety of our vet in Fair Oaks, I was hooked.
In 2012, I started attending and manning booths at major Bay Area pet fair events to raise awareness of the importance of rescue to thousands of attendees. It helped to get our boxers that were available to adopt the exposure they needed but also educated people that 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.
In 2013, what can I say? We failed miserably as a foster home. After picking up, transporting and temp fostering an 11-week old owner-surrendered girl, Stella turned my husband to mush. After being adament that we shouldn't have two boxers in our tiny bungalow in Mill Valley, it took about 20 minutes with her for him to ask the question "How much is her adoption fee?" The Boxer spell had been cast!
2014 brought the start of our partnership with Pet Food Express! They generously give us space in front of/ inside their stores where we raise public awareness about rescue and showcase available boxers. We now hold Meet & Greets on a regular basis in Mill Valley, Carmel, Davis, Novato and Roseville.
2015 saw the Inaugural Strut Your Mutt event and while we didn't raise the most money for the San Francisco team we came in second at $10K+ and we won the only rescue booth at the event. In 2016, we DID raise the most money for the San Francisco event and again won the event booth! WE RAISED $30K+!!! In 2017, REPEAT!!!
WHAT CAN WE DO IN 2018!! ?? Our goal is $35K+!!
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.
I need your help to reach my goal. Can I count on your donation for this sponsored walk? It’s tax-deductible for you, and the great thing is each participating animal welfare organization keeps all the money it raises (after transaction fees).