SOURCE: Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dearborn Animal Shelter

April 01, 2010 11:01 ET

Mutt Strut High-Steps Into Its Fifth Year

Metro Detroit Celebration and Pet Expo Takes Center Stage in Dearborn in May

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter today announced its fifth annual Mutt Strut and Pet Expo will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16. The event is staged in downtown West Dearborn and is sponsored by Dearborn Family Pet Care.

Themed "Fit, furry, fabulous and five," this year's free event has been expanded to two days of activities for animal lovers, pet owners and families promoting the health of pets and their people. "We expanded from one day to two because our past attendees clamored for more," explains Friends executive director Elaine Greene. "This year we have so many activities that we just had to add a second day." 

Why the fitness push? "It's simple!" says Greene. "Everyone, including Prevention Magazine, knows your dog is your best workout buddy so we're using this venue to encourage dogs and their owners to get moving."

Mutt Strutters, supporters and friends will step out in style at Dearborn's Ford Field Park and wind their way through the heart of the west Dearborn business district on a two-mile walk. The walking course ends back at Ford Field where everyone can participate in and enjoy activities and entertainment like:

  • Chihuahua Reunion, featuring the dogs rescued last August, and their new loving families
  • Former Detroit Tiger Milt Wilcox and his Ultimate Air Dogs
  • JunkYardDogs, a rescue dog organization demonstrating flyball racing and agility activities
  • Fur Angels, featuring "Reading with the Angels," a special story hour for families, kids and pets to enjoy some quiet time while a Fur Angel reads aloud
  • Doggie Dash DeLure, a luring-style race for family pets to find the fastest dog
  • Doggie Health Zone sponsored by Petco and a Midway of vendors with pet related items
  • Fido's Fit Club, an online and on-site support group to encourage people and pet weight loss and fitness
  • Saturday night singles event called Must Love Dogs, in partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings

In addition to the fun and festivities, Mutt Strut participants gather pledges to benefit the Shelter. Last year, this event raised nearly $85,000 for Shelter operations and finding "forever homes" for its adoptable pets.

Leash up your dog and walk with an anticipated crowd of more than 2,000 supporters and walkers. Mutt Strutters can build their own pledge pages online. It's an easy way to post your photos, help friends and family pledge 24/7 and of course, talk about your 4-legged friend. Register to participate or pledge at, or by calling 313-943-2697.

About The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter
The mission of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter (Friends or FFDAS) is to provide loving care and sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and reunions, and promote respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals. Animals are the heart of our work. Visit the site to donate online or call the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697. The Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road in Dearborn; they accept cash and wish list donations in person as well. More online at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Elaine Greene, Friends Executive Director
    Email Contact 313-943-2697