National fundraiser hits home


Best Friends Sanctuary of Utah’s 7th annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser has expanded to six cities, including Portland.  The national event, themed “No More Homeless Pets,” raised $700,000 in 2011 for adoption and spay/neuter, and aims to hit the million-dollar mark this year.  The local event, co-chaired by Karli Covington of the Pixie Project and Julie Honse of Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, happens Sept. 29 at Laurelhurst Park, and aims to raise $25,000 for local rescues including My Way HomeFamily Dogs New Life and Multnomah County Animal Services.

A leisurely walk begins at 9am, followed by a festival with pet-themed activities and all the dog-loving camaraderie found at these events.  For more information or to donate to one of the participating organizations, go to