Form your teams for this year’s Mutt Strut
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By Mickey Zeldes

The Mutt Strut is coming. This is exciting news to dog lovers in Sonoma County. It’s a special day that celebrates everything canine. We’re busy lining up exciting demonstrations, soliciting pet related vendors, getting arts and crafts ready for the kids’ area and more, so reserve Saturday, Sept. 27, now on your calendar so you won’t miss the fun.

The Mutt Strut Dog Walk and Pet Fair is also a fundraiser for the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. So, your part is to sign up now to walk the easy, one-mile creek side path and solicit pledges from your friends, family and co-workers. Minimum registration for the walk is $10 and provides an event bandana for your dog. The first 150 pre-registered walkers with a minimum $50 in pledges will receive a Mutt Strut t-shirt and a goodie bag filled with samples, coupons and other special items. There are prizes for reaching various levels of funds with the highest individual fundraiser winning the rights for their dog to be next year’s spokes-pup with his or her photo used in all our publicity materials. Check out this year’s cute spokes-pup on the flyers posted around town.

You can register and design your free sponsorship page at It’s easy and it’s fun to see the pledges roll in. Go to that link and read more about our event, then click on the green “Get Started” button, located on the right side of the screen. The next screen will have a box labeled “Fundraiser Name.” This is the name you want to give you and your dog (do not just put Mutt Strut), so be creative. Then click on the green “Start Fundraising” button. It will walk you through the steps of adding photos, writing a blurb about why you are walking (if your dog is an RPAS alumni, be sure to mention that), what your fundraising goal is (shoot for the moon – your pup wants you to win, right?), and how to ask for pledges using Facebook and your email contacts. 

Of course, paper sponsor forms are also available either on the website or at the shelter. Make it even more fun by creating a “pack” and walking together with your co-workers (why not throw a fundraising challenge at another department or rival business?) or friends. There is a prize for the highest fundraising pack, so start gathering your cohorts together now and come up with a fun theme.

The Pet Fair part of the event is free for all to attend, and there will be more details to come as we pull together the schedule and line up a dynamic roster of demonstrations, contests, speakers, book signers and more. We’re also soliciting donations of goodies for a wonderful raffle and silent auction, and it’s not too late to become a vendor (do you make/sell pet related items? This is the perfect target audience) or sponsor. Contact the Animal Shelter League of RP at (707) 523-9420 for more information or email

This is our community’s event to celebrate the pets in our lives. We invite your participation and support and look forward to seeing you at the Mutt Strut.


Upcoming events: 

No More Lost Pets: Free microchips and pet ID tags for residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati. Stop by the shelter during our open hours with your pet to get one. The shelter is open Wednesday 1-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1-5:30 p.m., and Sun 1-4:30 p.m.


Fix-it Clinics: Free spay and neuters for cats and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 pounds) are available for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents. Call (707) 588-3531 for an appointment.


Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at

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