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!


Individual: $12 ~ Family: $25


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.

Corporate Sponsorships

Sponsorships start at $250 and offer great perks at the event!

Learn more about this year’s sponsorship opportunities. Contact Kerrie Leclair, Director of Development at (207) 985-3244 ext 123 or Courtney McKenna, Development Associate at (207) 985-3244 ext. 133 with questions or to reserve your business’ spot.

Pet Pavilion

The Pet Pavilion is a great place for artists, artisans and craftspeople. Introduce your product or service to fellow animal lovers. Sign up for the Pet Pavilion today or contact Stephanie Kelley, Marketing Associate at (207) 985-3244 ext. 130 to learn more.

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