|Strutting mutts to take over RP Community Center
There is still time to register for the annual “Mutt Strut,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Rohnert Park Community Center.
Canines of every breed, shape, size and color plus their human companions will take part in the fundraising dog walkathon benefiting the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter.
The family-friendly day will include an easy one-mile walk led by America’s favorite hometown celebrity mutt, Snoopy, followed by contests, canine demonstrations, pet-related merchant booths and food vendors. The day’s events will be emceed live by radio station Froggy 92.9 FM radio station deejays.
Registration for walkers will be open until Sept. 24. Now is the ideal time for those planning to participate to register and start collecting pledges. One doesn’t need to be a dog owner to participate.
There will be prizes for the top fundraisers in several categories. Also, the first 300 walkers who register with a minimum of $50 will receive a goodie bag, an event T-shirt, and a bandana for their dog. Those who raise more in pledges could earn more prizes. The top team will earn a private party at the Shelter Dog Park with food and drink provided, and the top individual earner will win the right for their dog to be next year's "Spokespup" for the Mutt Strut, with their pet's name and picture on all our printed materials!!!
Those who register online will get a free Web page to personalize in order to solicit support from friends, family and co-workers.
Go to the Animal Shelter League’s Web site at animalshelterleaguerp.org/muttstrut and click on the ‘Register Now’ button. Paper registration forms also are available at the shelter. The fundraising goal is $20,000 for this event.
The Pet Fair runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with K-9 demonstrations, a blessing of the animals, vendors with pet-related items, nonprofit animal organizations, food, a chance to win raffle prizes, and lots of fun contests.
Dog lovers will be treated to well-trained canines in action, with Cotati Officer Kaupe and Koda doing a police K9 demonstration, County Wide Dog Training Club demonstrating agility and Bergin University showing off their assistance dogs.
A highlight of the day will be audience participation contests, including best trick and best costume plus a just-for-kids “Best Friend Dog Show,” where all participants (ages 12 and under), will win prizes for feats such as “best tail wagger,” “fluffiest pooch,” “smallest/largest dog,” “singing star,” and “best kisser” categories.
Check out the whole schedule of events at animalshelterleaguerp.org.
Can't make the event? One can still support the shelter by sponsoring a walker or simply making a donation online at the Animal Shelter League's Web site.
Proceeds from the event will support the Shelter League’s goal of purchasing a mobile adoption van for the shelter and their many other programs.
“This is a fun and educational way to help our community’s homeless animals,” said Cheryll Currier, event chairperson and board member of the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter League (ASL). Co-chair Terrie Guistino added, “It’s a great opportunity for dog lovers of all ages to come together to celebrate the bond they share with their canine companions and help raise money for our friends in the shelter.”