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Annual Strut Your Mutt event raises funds to help animals

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-25 00:10:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY – About 2,000 dogs from large to small led their owners around Liberty Park Saturday morning for the annual Strut Your Mutt event, which raises funds for programs that help animals.

The Best Friends Animal Society started Strut Your Mutt in Salt Lake City 20 years ago, and now 12 cities across the country celebrate the tradition.

FOX 13’s Kerri Cronk emceed the event, which featured a walk and a festival, and Max Roth was also present with a furry friend.

Temma Martin, Best Friends Animal Society, said all of the funds raised go toward Best Friend's programs for adoption, outreach and spaying and neutering—along with support to other rescue groups.

She said their ultimate goal is to make Utah a no-kill state by 2019.

“Just to know that there are people that are responding to our message, adopting pets, and then they come out here to celebrate the pets that they love: It’s heartwarming,” Martin said.

Dog owners Reed and Kristi Grant were glad to be at the event.

“We just love to see the dogs and all the breeds… and the people coming together to help other helpless dogs and rescue dogs and stuff like that,” they said. “It’s a great place to stay up to date for new products for animals.”

For more information about the event, or to make a donation to the cause, click here.