The struttin’ returns this September!

The first Strut Your Mutt event in Portland was a huge success last year, and organizers are gearing up for an even bigger turnout this fall when peeps and their furry companions converge at Sellwood’s Riverfront Park Sept. 28.  The event features a leisurely walk, followed by a fun-filled festival with pet contests, activities and the chance to schmooze with fellow pet lovers and pros.  Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, the event is part of a national fundraiser comprised of like events held across the country — all aimed at raising $1.5 million for homeless pets.

Local rescue organizations such as Family Dogs New Life, Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, My Way Home Dog Rescue and the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society are already getting their packs together in hopes of topping last year’s collective take of nearly $30,000 for local rescues and shelters.  To learn more about volunteering or organizing a pack of your own, visit