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Park strut raises funds for mutts

by: SUBMITTED - Take your best friend for a walk this weekend at the Strut Your Mutt event on Saturday. Clackamas County Dog Services (CCDS) and the newly formed Clackamas Dogs Foundation (CDF) will be beneficiaries of Strut Your Mutt, a dog walk this Saturday. The one- to-two-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. in Laurelhurst Park, 3756 S.E. Oak St. in Portland.

CCDS will use the funds to find shelter dogs loving homes and provide spay/neuter services. CCDS ambassador dogs Karbon, Scooter, Howie, Hannah and Kimber will lead their handlers in the walk.

Donations can be made to CCDS Dog Pack Team at strutyourmutt.org.

The public is invited to register for the event or donate to a participant. Registration with the CCDS Dog Pack is at bit.ly/QFLnA3 or by calling CDF at 503-722-6729. The registration fee is $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and free for children 12 and younger.

After the leisurely walk through the park, participants and their families are invited to stay for celebration festival, which will include pet contests, photo opportunities, dog treats, activities and refreshments.

“This is a chance to walk in a beautiful park with friends in support of increasing the number of shelter dogs who find forever homes,” said Maura White, development officer for Clackamas County Dog Services. “It is a leisurely walk that works for all ages.”

The nationwide event, created by the Best Friends Animal Society, is dedicated to raising money to fund adoption programs and spay and neuter services to eliminate pet homelessness.

Every day, more than 9,000 pets are unnecessarily killed in America’s shelters because they don’t have a home.

Locally, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (which includes CCDS) has reduced euthanasia by 55 percent in the past five years, and has not euthanized a healthy dog or cat in the past two years.

In addition to adopting out shelter dogs, CCDS provides a wide variety of services throughout Clackamas County, including dog licensing; sick, injured and emergency dog rescue; pet protective custody; bite investigations; vicious or feral dog removal; quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies-vaccinated; inspection of dog kennels; obedience training classes; pet first aid classes; and spay and neuter services.

More information about Clackamas County Dog Services is at clackamas.us/dogs or on the Dog Services Facebook site.

For more information about the Saturday walk or the foundation, contact development officer Maura White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-722-6729.



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