Second La Jolla Mutt Strut raises funds for furry friends

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The La Jolla Loves Pets Foundation presented its second annual La Jolla Mutt Strut on May 13, with more than 150 dogs and their owners gathered at the La Jolla Recreation Center for a 2K dog walk to raise funds for homeless pets.

The 1¼-mile walk looped from Prospect Street to Coast Boulevard, with a kissing booth stationed midway for photos. All dogs that completed the walk got a ribbon reading “I walked La Jolla Mutt Strut 2023 to support homeless pets.”

The foundation then held an after-party at the Rec Center featuring the San Diego Gulls mascot, Gulliver, along with games and prizes for children. More than 20 vendors offered samples, prizes and discounts on products and services.

The event included three rescue organizations with more than 20 dogs available for adoption. As of May 15, five adoptions had been confirmed, and the total will be announced on the foundation’s social media accounts later this week.

During Mutt Strut’s contests, pups competed for the titles of Best Kisser, Best Jumper, Best Hair and more. The top finishers took home engraved gold, silver and bronze medals.

La Jolla Loves Pets said it raised nearly $12,000 during this year’s Mutt Strut, and the board will meet soon to issue grants to area pet rescue organizations.

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— La Jolla Light staff