Strut Your Mutt

What is Strut Your Mutt?

Strut Your Mutt is a scenic stroll on a Sunday morning with your favorite canine(s) and a few hundred other like-minded animal lovers. It is also the Animal Welfare Society’s largest fundraising event of the year. Due to the generosity of our underwriting sponsor, Kennebunk Savings, all registration fees, sponsorships and pledge money raised from the walk benefit pets needing medical care.

When and Where is Strut Your Mutt?

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk. Festivities begin at 9 am, and the walk starts at 11 am. Festivities include a photo booth (NEW this year!!), a kids zone, sponsored by Stonewall Kitchen, with carnival games and a bounce house, a canine agility zone, sponsored by Williams-Greco, a wellness zone with dog microchip scans and nail trims, a pet pavilion with merchant and vendor booths, live music from the Serfs and dancing!


Day of registration fees: Individual: $15 ~ Family: $40

Advance online registration is now closed but you won’t miss the fun. Register directly at the event starting at 9 am, Sunday, September 10th.

Participants receive a special Strut t-shirt for themselves and a cool bandana for their pooch (while supplies last). Friends can walk as a team – in fact, we encourage participants to have fun, get dressed up, and come up with a cool team name, but we don’t have separate team or squad registration categories this year. Each participant should register individually or as a family (up to two adults and 4 children).

Amazing prizes will be awarded to top individual fundraisers so sign up to walk and ask your friends and family for pledges. You could win the top prize – a getaway to Portland, complete with a night of dog boarding (some restrictions do apply). Other prizes include tickets, gift cards and pet accessories.

Thank you to all our sponsors!


Kids Zone





Agility Zone






Water Stops
Captain’s Quarters Ogunquit
Charlie Horse
Congdon’s Doughnuts
Eastern Propane & Oil
HM Payson
The Parent Group

Pet Pavilion Sponsors
Atria Kennebunk
Avita of Wells
Captain Jefferds Inn
Cherie’s Bakery
Edison Press
Garrett Pillsbury
Hussey Seating
Old Vines Wine Bar
ServPro of Biddeford-Saco
Uptown Hound
Weirs Buick GMC


Pet Pavilion

The Pet Pavilion will be full of lots of great finds and pet-related merchandise!

Who Does Strut Your Mutt Help?

Strut helps pets like RJ.  RJ was found wandering alone in North Carolina. Kind animal lovers from our partner rescue group took him in for a veterinary exam and to be neutered. Beyond diagnosing him with a heartworm infection, the veterinarians noticed something else – his chest looked a little funny. An x-ray revealed a major diaphragmatic hernia, causing his internal organs to be disjointed and allowing his colon to infringe upon his heart. The diagnosis was crushing. Our partners in the South did not have the resources to pursue the surgery that would save his life. Our partners reached out to AWS because we work with them regularly to bring dogs to Maine through our Paws Across America program. Could we take him and provide him the surgery he needed to survive? Of course! As a young, friendly, happy-go-lucky guy, we wanted to give RJ a chance for a healthy life here in Maine. Because of our huge community of kind supporters – like you – who so generosity fundraise in preparation for Strut Your Mutt, we knew we could cover RJ’s expensive surgery and give him the life he truly deserved!

RJ arrived at AWS in early July. We brought in a veterinary specialist who completed the surgery by successfully “teasing his colon out of his heart chamber.” RJ spent a month recovering in foster care and is before being adopted. RJ’s internal organs are now where they should be – and he’s where he should be, too. He has an excellent prognosis for a full, healthy life with a loving, happy family!

Selfies with his foster siblings just after surgery