DEARBORN— Exchange Club of Dearborn members and other supporters will head out to key intersections in downtown west Dearborn April 23 for a collection drive to benefit the animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
For a second consecutive year, volunteers will have a special Mutt Strut “Paw Prints” newspaper edition available for any donation offered, to help promote the 11th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo. The newspaper is produced by the Dearborn Times-Herald, and all proceeds will benefit adoptable animals in the care of the shelter.
This is the fifth year the Exchange Club will conduct a street collection drive. The first three years, it was held solely on the Saturday of Mutt Strut. Last year, the drive expanded to include a pre-event collection day and one on the day of the event. Both of these collection days, April 23 and May 14, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Our members and volunteers look forward to this event every year and take part in this unique way to get out and support homeless animals in our community,” said Exchange Club member and collection drive organizer Pat D’Ambrosio.
Adorned with bright vests, the collection team will be stationed at major intersections in Dearborn, including Michigan Avenue extending from Outer Drive to Oakwood Boulevard.
The Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is a pledge-driven dog walk and community wide animal celebration day. It is the largest gathering of pet fans in the area.
Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill Road, with the walk commencing at 11 a.m. Participants may register for the walk online by going to www.DearbornMuttStrut.com.
Additional Mutt Strut highlights include a midway of vendors with services and products for pets and humans. There will be a Doggie Fun Zone with contests, games, and activities for dogs and their owners, and dog competitions, including a K9 Run Fun and high-flying Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee challenge.
Entertainment and free family events take place all day long. Food trucks also will be on site serving a variety of street cuisine.
Exchange Club of Dearborn is the local chapter of the National Exchange Club, a 100-year-old service organization. Members participate in fundraising activities and outreach to support local youth and other nonprofit organizations to improve lives for those in Dearborn and surrounding communities.
Call 734-355-8114 to learn more about the club.
The Dearborn Animal Shelter is at 2661 Greenfield Road, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, call 313-943-2697 go to www.DearbornAnimals.org, or follow the shelter on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DearbornAnimals) or Twitter (https://twitter.com).