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Metro Detroit To Host Not One, But Two Mutt Strutts

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Harvey Dent - Detroit

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) There’s nothing better for dog lovers than a mutt strutt on a clear June day. Wait a minute, there is something better: Two mutt strutts.

And that’s just what metro Detroit is getting. The Michigan Human Society is hosting a Mutt March from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 3; while Bingo Pet Salon in Royal Oak is hosting one June 14 in downtown Royal Oak.

The Michigan Humane Society is hoping for a big crowd at its 24th annual Mutt March, a springtime event with a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Participants are invited to enjoy a scenic morning stroll of up to five miles on the grounds of the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Proceeds will benefit the thousands of homeless animals that MHS cares for every year.

“As we strive to reach our goal of guaranteed placement of every adoptable animal by 2015, events like the Mutt March help to provide MHS with the resources we need to find animals the homes they deserve,” said Cal Morgan, MHS president and CEO. “We couldn’t do what we do without the incredible support of the community. Without you, we would not be celebrating 24 wonderful years of changing animal lives through the Mutt March.”

Individual walkers and teams can register, set up personalized web pages, and collect donations online at www.michiganhumane.org/muttmarch. However, pre-registration is not required. All walkers who raise $156 or more – the average cost of care for an animal in need – will receive an official Mutt March T-shirt. The first 800 four-legged walkers will receive a Mutt March bandana.

In addition, walkers who raise $468 – the average cost of care for three animals in need – will be given the opportunity to name one of our shelter animals before they go up for adoption. Walkers who raise $1,500 will become part of the MHS Best Friends Club, and receive a brick paver, which will be engraved with their name, and placed at the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road between 8 Mile (Vernier) and 9 Mile roads in Grosse Pointe Shores. Several course lengths are available and water stops will be provided for people and their pets. For those walking with their pet, please bring current vaccination records. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

In addition, American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) will be at the event to collect donations of gently-used clothing and shoes, and will make a donation to MHS based on the amount collected.

For more information, please call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.michiganhumane.org.

The next Mutt Strut will happen 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Bingo Pet Salon, on Fourth Street in downtown Royal Oak. This one will focus on “fun, fashion, shopping and animals looking for a fur-ever home.”  All proceeds will go to New Beginnings Animal Rescue and FiftyTwo4Mom, two wonderful local charities.

Participants are invited to bring the kids, and their pets for the event that features local venders promoting pet-related products and services. Rescues from all across Metro Detroit will be there with dogs and cats available for adoption.

At 6 p.m., adoptable dogs from all of the rescues will strut their stuff on the runway, escorted by models wearing local fashion designs. Take note of your favorite doggie deva because every dog will be available for adoption.

You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that everyone in attendance will get a doggie bag with contact information from all the rescues, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Bingo Pet Salon, Community Pet Supplies, or by calling Brian Lane at 517-420-2198. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the missions of the New Beginnings Animal Rescue and FiftyTwo4Mom.

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