By Sarah Mahan of This Farm Family's Life
In addition to Earth Day, Indiana's Family of Farmers will join dogs and their owners as they hit the pavement and take part in the annual Mutt Strut to benefit the Humane Society of Indianapolis on April 28th. They will walk the historic oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana's Family of Farmers is taking part in Mutt Strut to show their support and start a dialogue between pet owners and farmers about how animals are raised on farms to ensure they are given the best care possible.
Sarah Ford, IFOF's chairperson for the event, said that Indy Humane is the first choice in providing services for shelter cats and dogs. These services include adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. In 2011, Indy Humane helped over 2,300 cats and dogs find homes.
Dr. Sandi Norman, a veterinarian and Director of Companion Animal/Equine at the Indiana State Board of Health, is a huge supporter of Mutt Strut. "Humane Society of Indy is the largest private animal shelter in the state and works with all the rescues to benefit animals. Money raised during Mutt Strut helps benefit animals all over the state by helping Indy Humane work with all the various rescue groups to impact Indiana animals."
You can see Dr. Norman most Mondays at noon on Channel 13 WTHR news where she shares tips for pet owners. Dr. Norman would like to personally invite all of you to the event. "Come on down and bring your dog, big or small. There is a short course and a long course and all the dogs seem to get along. There are a number of vendors who provide unique services for the pet owner. Everybody has a great time!"
For more information, or if you would like to donate, go to http://indymuttstrut.org/ .