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Do the Muttster Mash!

Aug 31, 2016 10:31AM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine

This fall, Animal Friends is hosting a Howl-o-ween celebration you won’t soon forget as its annual Mutt Strut becomes the Muttster Mash on Sunday, October 16! Join lead walker Cris Winter from WISH 99.7 FM for a Halloween-themed 5K race and dog-friendly walk. Lace up your sneakers, leash up your pup and break out your best costume, because there will be something for everyone!

The Muttster Mash is counting on your pooch for the tricks, but will provide plenty of hauntingly good treats with a vendor village and food truck alley. You can enjoy plenty of spooky activities for the mutts like bobbing for hot dogs, the pumpkin roll and much more! Be sure to stick around as awards are presented to the 5K winners and the best costumes in the Too Cute to Spook pet parade!

A Tribute to a Dear Friend
With the Muttster Mash quickly approaching–and in need of a mascot–Animal Friends turned their attention to a dedicated volunteer and lifelong friend, Joanna Shaw. Joanna and her cherished Beagle, Summer, brought smiles to thousands of faces with their work as one of Animal Friends’ Therapets teams. From schools and libraries to hospitals and nursing homes, Joanna and Summer were constantly out in the community offering the healing powers of a companion animal to those who needed them most.

Sadly, Joanna passed away earlier this year. Her beloved Summer (who has since been placed into a loving family–complete with a canine sister) will be featured as the face of the event and will even be in attendance as a tribute to Joanna. Joanna’s compassion, kindness and dedication were just a few of her most admirable qualities as she devoted countless hours of her time to her passion of volunteering. She will certainly be there in spirit as she is honored for everything she accomplished in her time at Animal Friends.

How to Get Involved
Registration for Animal Friends’ Muttster Mash is now open. Participants can register for either the 5K run or the Hike for Hounds—teams are encouraged! If you would like to run or walk in honor of a loved one at the Muttster Mash, go online to register and form your fundraising team!
The festivities commence at Edgebrook Field in South Park beginning with registration for the frightening 5K at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Hike for Hounds registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. For the haunting details, schedule of events and to register for Animal Friends’ Muttster Mash, visit ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org/MuttsterMash.
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