For the first time since 1995 when Best Friends Animal Society launched Strut Your Mutt in Salt Lake City, the now multi-community fundraising event was held at the national organization’s headquarters, the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary.

“Strut Your Mutt was a huge success here today,” said Greta Palmer, Best Friends senior marketing manager. “Final numbers are yet to be tallied, but we do know we exceeded our goal by at least $3,000, raising $38,000-plus. We estimated at least 240 people participated. This is such an exciting start to the upcoming events across the country. Our goal is to raise $2 million over the next month and to have a start like this, who knows how far we’ll go?”

Strut Your Mutt started 18 years ago in Best Friends’ home state of Utah as a way to help save the lives of more animals in shelters. The money will be used by local animal rescue groups to fund adoption programs, spay/neuter services and other life-saving programs, ultimately impacting the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters. 

Ultimately, “Strut” is a way to help Save Them All™, which is Best Friends’ call to action to save the lives of animals in shelters.

Participating in Kanab Strut Your Mutt event were the following organizations hailing from southern Utah as well as Las Vegas: Because Animals Matter, Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry, Healing HEART Sanctuary, Iron County Animal Shelter, Little Friends Foundation.

Speaking for the many participating groups, Julie Simiskey of Because Animals Matter in Hurricane, Utah, said: “We absolutely would do this again. Strut Your Mutt is a great way for us to get the word out about what we are doing to save animals and gain community support. We could not have asked for a better venue. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is stunningly gorgeous.”