The annual Mutt Strutt event went off without a hitch as it marked the fifth year that folks get together to celebrate local animal organizations, and dogs alike.
“This event has been fun for the entire family, has brought together volunteers, local businesses, and companies from out of state even,” said Kourtnie Zwald, Mutt Strutt organizer. “We are grateful to have been a part of bringing this all together.”
Mutt Strutt was started five years ago by A Cause for Paws, which has devoted awareness and donations to the local animal rescue organizations within Tillamook County. The event originally acted as a memorial for Sondi Greene, who passed away in June of 2013, and still acts as such today. A lover of animals and charity, Greene’s memory lives on with A Cause for Paws.
“We’ve received such a generous outpouring of support from our community, from Manzanita to Pacific City! We are honored that so many people that knew and loved Sondi, or wanted to help out our local shelters responded to our campaign by being a Sponsor, Donor or volunteer.” Said Nonda Zwald, A Cause for Pause founder.
The event brought in numerous participants to Tillamook’s Goodspeed Park and allowed both dogs, and their owners, a fun filled time with games, refreshments and animal-friendly activities.
This year, however, marks a turning point with the event.
“This event grows larger and larger each year, and although we have a huge volunteer base for the day of the event, we just couldn’t find enough help leading up to the event,” said Zwald. “This event takes a minimum of six months out of the year to plan, we feel five years has been a good run and a huge support to the animal shelters.”
Organizers are currently not planning a sixth event next year due to the amount of preparation it takes to put on something of this magnitude, however they have expressed willingness to pass the baton to other willing groups, organizations or individuals who wish to take the leash. In addition Zwald suggested A Cause for Paws will continue to do smaller efforts to help bring donations and awareness to local animal shelters.
“We are really hoping another entity will want to take it over and continue on with it. It’s definitely bittersweet, but we still plan to do some smaller events throughout the year,” said Zwald.
This year Mutt Strutt brought in a total of over $15,000 in donations that go to the Tillamook Animal Shelter, as well as Tillamook K9 Rescue. The event tallied approximately 300 participants this year.