On Saturday, the Champaign County Humane Society's annual Mutt Strut will take place at Hessel Park in Champaign. Even if you’re still recovering from the marathon (or ½ marathon, or 5K) you should be able to handle the 6/10-of-a-mile stroll around the park to raise funds for homeless animals. This year's Strut promises to be our best yet - with more activities, vendors, and fun!
Never been to Mutt Strut before? Here's how it works. You can register online through the CCHS website. Registration is $25 in advance, for one person/one dog. (Or, if you would like to participate in Mutt Strut as a “dog lover” who doesn’t have a dog, you may register for a mere $20.) If you wait to register on the "day of," the registration fee is $35 (with dog). All registered participants receive a swag bag!
Everyone registered to walk at the Mutt Strut is encouraged to become a CCHS fundraiser by soliciting their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to sponsor them at the Mutt Strut. Mutt Strut fundraisers who have already registered online have raised over $12,000 for CCHS so far!! It's not too late to join the ranks of Mutt Strut fundraisers!
If you collect donations from your sponsors by hand, that’s o.k. too. Just bring the donations with you when you come to the Mutt Strut on Saturday morning.
Mutt Strut is great fun for dogs and dog lovers! Here’s the schedule and activities list:
Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Pavilion.
Blessing of the Animals – 9:10
Walk around Hessel Park – 9:15 -- Along the way, stop at training stations to show off your dog’s “sit,” “shake,” “down,” “speak,” and “roll over.”
After the walk, participate in activities near the pavilion:
Lure course, paw paintings, bobbing for treats, and canine agility
Enjoy a demonstration featuring CCHS adoptable shelter dogs!
Vote in the Illini Radio Group Cutest Mutt Contest!
Prize to the winner is a $250 shopping spree at Prairieland Feeds!
Enter your dog in one of our contests: Fluffiest Dog, Dog & Owner Look-a-Like, Longest Tail, and Best Trick
Visit our Vendors’ Booths:
Illini Radio Group, ASPCA, VCA Heritage Animal Hospital, Subaru of Champaign County, Cousins Biscuits, Prairieland Feeds, U of I College of Veterinary Medicine, Okaw Veterinary Clinic, UpClose Marketing & Printing, Paws & Remember
Help make this a successful Strut by arriving early and reading the rules for participation before you arrive.
The Champaign County Humane Society thanks this year's Mutt Strut Sponsors, Busey and Illini Radio Group