On Saturday, Oct. 3 the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) Strut Your Mutt Team leashed up, loaded dogs and headed west to strut for the homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank. OSPA took top honors for the second year in a row as the top fundraising team with a grand total of $20,719 along with earning a $1,000 bonus award from Best Friends Animal Society. The OSPA team and their dogs, many adopted from the Oakdale Animal Shelter, joined 400 others at McLaren Park in San Francisco for the third annual Strut Your Mutt event hosted by Best Friends Animal Society.
“Not only were we the top fundraising team, but two from our team, Ann Goforth and Heidi Partlow shared first prize in the costume contest,” said Betsie Corwin, OSPA president.
“I joined the team to give back because they have given me so much in my rescue dog Lilo,” stated first time strutter Partlow. “I didn’t rescue her, she rescued me.”
“Fonzie and I strutted in order to help all the innocent pets that end up in our local Oakdale Animal Shelter,” said Goforth, OSPA co-founder. “Thanks to all our friends and families for their generous donations.”
OSPA’s participation in Strut Your Mutt raises money that goes directly back into the Oakdale/Riverbank community to fund low cost spay/neuter programs, support special promotions to help more homeless pets find homes, and pay for medical treatment for special needs shelter pets. The programs ultimately impact the number of pets entering and leaving the Oakdale Animal Shelter.
Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of homeless pets from Oakdale and Riverbank.
Donations in any amount are welcome to help OSPA continue to fund their life-saving programs. Donations can be made out to “OSPA” and mailed to P.O. Box 1965, Oakdale, CA 95361.
Strut Your Mutt, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, is a leisurely fundraising dog walk followed by a doggie-themed festival hosted in 12 major cities across the United States. Strut Your Mutt raises money for Best Friends Animal Society, and local non-profit groups such as Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance, a Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network partner.
Every day, more than 9,000 pets are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society and local No More Homeless Pets ‘Network partners’ like Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance, join together to bring that number to zero.