By Alisha McDarris
TREASURE COAST --
Walk with your friends, walk with your dog, just get out and walk to support a good cause.
November 9 is the 11th annual Mutt March, one of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast's biggest fundraisers of the year.
The fun walk usually brings in about $50,000 that goes toward care for the numerous animals in the local shelter, but it's as much about a good time as it is about raising money and awareness.
The event will kick off with a free pancake breakfast from IHOP for registrants followed by a relaxing walk around Memorial Park in Stuart. Afterward will be a Canine Costume Contest complete with prizes for the best-dressed dog, derby races, lure coursing, obedience demonstrations and a flea(less) market with pooch- and people-oriented vendors.
It wouldn't be a Humane Society event without dogs on site ready to be adopted, but retired racehorses will also be available for adoption.
"It's really just a very fun day," said Jayme Uteschill, Community Events Manager for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 for the chance to win gift cards in denominations of $1,000, $500 or $250, a DJ will keep dogs and their walkers in a lively mood and all proceeds will help the Humane Society in their mission of caring for animals.
"This is something that not only raises funds but raises awareness," Ms. Uteschill said.
Since 1955 the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area by providing shelter, finding loving homes and promoting respect for companion animals' places in our lives and they want the entire community to know what they do.
"It's a win-win," Ms. Uteschill said. "You get to have fun with your dog and the animals at the shelter benefit greatly."
Of course, the event isn't limited to people with dogs. Anyone can walk, enjoy the festivities and have a good time at the park.
Walkers are limited to one dog per person and can register for $10 on the day of the event or online at www.hstcmuttmarch.org. It promises to be an enjoyable afternoon for anyone on two legs or four.