Welcome to Strut Your Mutt, a fun and inspiring fundraiser for SVPP! We kicked it off on September 11 — and it will continue through October 24. We hope you can join our team and help us continue to save lives. Like other rescue groups around the country, we are partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for this national event. We hope to raise $20,000 to provide medical, behavioral and foster care for homeless pets we rescue from local shelters.
|Strut Mascot, Tenure|
Instead of strutting at the Presidio this year (as in past years), our event will be virtual. The great news is that no matter where you are, you can participate! You can join our team, sign up sponsors and create and share a page about your rescue pet — or, you can simply donate to SVPP. Every dollar matters!
Although Strut Your Mutt has a canine theme, funds raised will also benefit our feline friends. In fact, 2020 has been the year of the cat. With shelters closed to the public and kitten programs severely limited or eliminated all together, SVPP has literally and figuratively come to the rescue. This year, we have saved more than 165 orphaned or abandoned kittens and their mothers. We rescued more felines by the end of July 2020 than we had in all of 2019.
Meet one of our beneficiaries, Jolly. He came to SVPP from the shelter and shortly thereafter tested positive for a potentially deadly virus, Panleukopenia, or "panleuk". With an amazing foster mom and incredible and intensive support from our friends at VCA Blossom Hill and Medvet in Campbell, Jolly is recovering and has a chance at a healthy, happy life. Our Strut Your Mutt poster cat, Tenure, was rescued as an orphan kitten in 2017 from the San Jose Animal Care Center. She thrived in foster care with one of our experienced kitten fosters, and was adopted that same year. You can read about our Strut poster pup, Bowie, here.
Even in a virtual format, Strut provides a great opportunity to connect, have some fun and showcase your rescue pet with our peeps! We will have a raffle for team members, along with educational sessions and other activities. And, we want to hear from you! We will showcase your pets and their stories on social media. Please submit photos, videos and information about your rescue pet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Jolly, Tenure, Bowie, and SVPP, THANK YOU for being part of our community!
Blogger Karen Zamel is a long-time SVPP volunteer and is now a member of the communications team.