10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut

Oct 23
Hosted by:Philadelphia Animal Welfa...
October 23, 2016 at 9:00am to
The Navy Yard map 4500 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19112
Goal: $125,000
$123,875 4 99% Complete

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SAVE THE DATE: The 11th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Stay tuned for registration and more information!

RECAP: thank you to all who joined us for a record-breaking 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut!



The Mutt Strut is an annual tradition where dogs and the people who love them walk the scenic route in The Navy Yard to raise funds and awareness for PAWS' efforts to save Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. 

When: Sunday, October 23 **Postponed from Saturday**
Check-in opens at 9 a.m., the Strut kicks off at 11!

Where: The Navy Yard, 4500 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Plenty of free parking!

$25 per person.
Kids 12 and under: free!
All registrants get a PAWS eco-bag and dog bandana on the day of the event. The first 100 kids will receive a special prize!

Can't attend but want to help? Register and select the "not attending" option to create a fundraising page and collect lifesaving donations.


Don't have a mutt to strut? "Rent" a PAWS dog at the $100 registration level and make a new friend - for the day or for life!

Register here and select the "Mutt Rental" option. Advance registration is required to rent a PAWS dog. 

**Mutt rentals are sold out! If you are interested in renting a PAWS dog but have not yet registered, come to the Mutt Strut and visit the Registration Tent to see if there are any cancellations or additional dogs.**

Every Mutt Strut registrant receives a personalized fundraising page. Set a goal, then get started raising funds to save lives! Your registration fee acts as a kickoff donation to your page. Ask family, friends, and colleagues to support your efforts on behalf of Philadelphia's homeless animals and bring us closer to becoming a no-kill city.  


Win great prizes as you raise funds! 
  • Top individual fundraisers:
         1st place: 7-day Holland America Line Caribbean or Mexico Cruise for Two
         2nd place: Philly night out! One night’s stay at the Palomar & dinner at Square 1682
         3rd place: 2-hour photo shoot by Willow Street Pictures
  • Top fundraising team: Private party for 25 at The Trestle Inn, plus custom made NextFab pet tags for top four team members.
Plus, earn prizes as you reach each fundraising milestone: 
  • $150: Special edition PAWS Mutt Strut t-shirt (pictured)
  • $350: PAWS canvas tote bag + t-shirt
  • $750: PAWS limited edition zip-up hooded sweatshirt + tote bag + t-shirt
  • $1,000: $100 Visa/Amex gift card + sweatshirt + tote bag + t-shirt


It's more than a dog walk! The Mutt Strut features a fall festival with activities and entertainment for 2-legged and 4-legged participants alike: 

Live music with Three Chord Money

Costume contest: dress up your mutt and win prizes!

Dog agility course with Opportunity Barks


Talent contest: show off your best tricks!


Lure course: see how fast your dog can run!


Paw print painting: bring home a special memento made by your dog!


Plus other fun activities including:


WMMR DJs will serve as Masters of Ceremonies, and the Mummers will kick things off!


Come hungry! There will be a delicious selection including: 
  • Popular food trucks: Schmear It, Jerry's Kitchen, Pbon's Fresh Phoods, Tot Cart, T&N Homemade Kitchen, Chef Johnny Bravo's Surf & Turf, A Taste of Philly, Delicias, and Mucho Bueno
  • Dessert from Big Gay Ice Cream
  • Coffee from La Colombe
  • Snacks from 7-Eleven
  • Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options will be available.



  • 9 a.m.: Check-in opens
  • 10 a.m.: Live music
  • 11 a.m.: Mutt Strut kicks off!
  • 12 p.m.: Live music
  • 12:15: Prizes awarded for top fundraisers
  • 12:20: Dog Tales: success stories and adoptables featured on stage
  • 12:30: Talent Contest / Costume Contest
  • 2 p.m.: Event closes



Looking for your new best friend at the Mutt Strut? Visit the Adoption Central tent to meet our dogs. Adoption staff will be on-hand to help make a match!  

Every available PAWS dog will be attending, so it's a perfect opportunity to adopt. To learn more about our adoption process and see our list of available dogs, click here. Note this list may be incomplete and is subject to change, as dogs get adopted and new ones are rescued in their place. 

We recommend that all interested adopters complete the application ahead of time. Applications will be available to complete at the Mutt Strut, but getting a head start in advance will increase the likelihood that you will be able to take a dog home from the event. We will do our best to make a match for you if you apply in person, but we cannot guarantee same-day adoptions.

By car:
Parking is free! When you arrive, attendants will direct you where to go. The Navy Yard is at the southernmost point of Broad Street, past the sports complex. Upon entering The Navy Yard, proceed straight to the guard’s station and you will be waved in. Proceed to the 1st traffic light, Crescent Drive, and make a left. Proceed one block and make a right onto 13th Street. You will be directed into the parking lot. 

By public transportation: 
Take the SEPTA Broad Street Line to AT&T Station. We will be running a free shuttle to the Navy Yard; the shuttle will pick up across Broad Street from AT&T station and will run every 20 minutes. After the walk, the shuttle will return to AT&T Station in 20 minute intervals. Please note that only pets enclosed in hand-held carriers are permitted on SEPTA.


With 2,000 people and 1,000 dogs expected to attend, it's important that everyone follows these rules to make sure we all enjoy the day.

  • All dogs must be kept on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  • Participants must be 18 or older to handle dogs (even their own).
  • All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. 
  • All owners must clean up after their dogs. Plastic bags will be available at the registration table, but please come prepared with bags of your own.
If you are bringing your dog, you should be confident of his/her ability to behave appropriately in a crowd and around lots of other dogs. Ask a dog owner's permission before approaching with your dog or child, and please dispense food/treats only to your own dog. 

Is the $25 registration fee per person or per dog?
The registration fee is per person. Dogs strut free!

I cannot attend the event. Is there still a way I can support PAWS?
Make a donation: you'll make a meaningful impact by supporting our lifesaving efforts and also bring us closer to our Mutt Strut fundraising goal!

Is the Mutt Strut accessible for those with disabilities?
Yes! When you arrive, parking attendants can direct you to handicap parking. The Mutt Strut walk route is wheelchair accessible. 

Is the Mutt Strut child-friendly?
Yes! Kids under 12 attend free, the first 100 kids will receive a special prize, and there will be activities to enjoy like face painting.

Do I have to register online in advance to attend?
You are welcome to register in person when you arrive at the Mutt Strut, but registering in advance online will save you time at the check-in tent.

If I registered online, do I need to check-in when I arrive?
Yes! All attendees should proceed to the Registration tent upon entering. Those who pre-registered online will check in briefly at the Registration tent. Those who are not yet registered can do so at the Registration tent by completing the waiver form provided and paying the registration fee. 
How long is the walk?
It's a scenic 1.5 mile loop around The Navy Yard.

Is the $25 registration fee required even if I'm not doing the walk?  
Because the Mutt Strut is a fundraiser, we ask every attendee to contribute the registration fee. The fee covers entry into the entire event, which includes both the walk and festival at The Navy Yard.

What does my registration fee go towards?
All funds raised at the Mutt Strut, including registration fees, go directly to PAWS to fund our lifesaving efforts. We rely on donations raised at the Mutt Strut to fund our work year-round to rescue and care for thousands of Philadelphia's homeless pets. They won't make it without you!

Can I bring additional donations to support PAWS?
Yes! We will be accepting cash and credit card donations throughout the day and hope to break fundraising records! If you would also like to bring items on our wish list, we will gladly accept them. There will be a collection site near the registration area. Things we need most urgently are: paper towels, contractor trash bags, bleach, laundry detergent, clay (non-clumping) cat litter, and canned dog and cat food (no dry food, please).
Do I need to a dog to attend?
All humans are welcome, with or without mutts! There are plenty of things to see and do, so you will have a great time even without a dog. Or, if you'd like a dog to walk, you can rent a PAWS dog for the day.
I've raised at least $150 and qualify for fundraising prizes; how do I collect them?
When you arrive and check in at the Registration tent, you will be given a coupon and directed to the prize booth. If you raised funds but cannot attend the Mutt Strut, email us at muttstrut@phillypaws.org to arrange prize pickup at a PAWS location after the event. 

Can I bring cash and check donations and will they count toward my fundraising total?
Yes! Bring any additional donations with you and present them at the Registration tent. They will count toward your fundraising goal along with any online donations you have raised. 

What will happen in the event of bad weather?
If severe weather is forecasted, we will hold the Mutt Strut the following day: October 23. We will make an announcement on Friday if the Mutt Strut must be moved to the rain date. 

Where can I find more information about PAWS?
Visit www.phillypaws.org to learn about adopting, fostering, low-cost clinic services, and more. 

I have another question!
Please email us at muttstrut@phillypaws.org to reach PAWS staff. 


For information on sponsorship and vending, please click here.
For more details on the Mutt Strut, email muttstrut@phillypaws.org.

See a recap of last year's Mutt Strut here.

Photography by Katie McMenamin Photography


About PAWS: PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates two high-volume, low-cost clinics serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

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