13th Annual

Mutt Strut Walk & Run

presented by Dearborn Family Pet Care
Help Support The Dearborn Animal Shelter

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ford Field Park in Dearborn
(22051 Cherry Hill St.)

5k Run

at 8 a.m.

Walk Begins

at 10 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mutt Strut is our annual Walk & Run and is one of FAMD’s largest fundraising events. It is a celebratory event for you, your dog, your family and your friends! This year, the walk will be happening at Ford Field in Dearborn on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

By participating in the event, you’ll be saving the lives of animals throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. Your support will help FAMD provide a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of the communities we serve including adoption, low-cost spay and neuter, pet training, animal surrender, and transport.

Team Captains help recruit and organize a team of walkers. With our step-by-step guide to leading your team, being a Team Captain is fun, easy and incredibly impactful.

You and your team can register by visiting here.

You can register as a runner at by clicking here.

There is not! Registration for walkers – whether as an individual or a team – is free. Once you are registered, we encourage you to set up a personal or team fundraising page to help support the animals in our care and share with your friends and family why you want to make a difference in their lives.

Yes.  We ask runners to pay a $45 registration fee to help FAMD cover the costs associated with a 5K run such as equipment needed to capture runners times, ID number bibs, route markers, etc.

Yes!  The event is open to the public and fully accessible. All are welcome to participate, including friendly pets who would enjoy the lively, celebratory environment!  Pets must be leashed, up-to-date on vaccinations and in control at all times during the event.

All runners who register and pay the fee automatically get a t-shirt.

All individual walkers who raise $45 or more will get a t-shirt.

Teams (2 or more walkers) raising an average of $45 per team member are also rewarded with an official t-shirt.

Walkers, runners and teams raising even more are eligible to win additional prizes… check back soon for details!

Team members qualify for individual fundraising prizes based on their individual fundraising achievements. Team members are encouraged to register and raise money on their own.

Prizes are redeemed individually by mail after the event. Once a prize is selected for each fundraising level achieved, each walker will receive their well-earned prizes by mail within 2-3 weeks. Walkers are reminded to provide a valid email address when registering for the Walk in order to claim their prizes. 

If a team raises money together by holding a team event (such as a bake sale), an FAMD staff member can apply the proceeds to the team’s fundraising total OR proceeds can be applied to each of the team member’s individual fundraising totals. Please let us know if you need assistance.

Fundraising team and individual prizes are decided by 9:30 am on May 12 at the field.  Arrangements to secure prizes will then be determined with each qualified participant.

T-shirts will be available onsite to pick up at the Registration tent. After the Walk, walkers will receive an email with a link to choose and claim their prizes. Once a prize is selected for each fundraising level, walkers will receive their well-earned prizes by mail within 14 days. Walkers are reminded to provide a valid email address when registering for the Walk in order to claim their prizes.

Age levels:
All runners will receive a medal (must sign up as a runner during the registration process). In addition, awards will be presented to the overall top female and male finishers in the 5K as well as the first place female and male finishers in each age group: 12-13,14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.

Registration for the run begins at 7 a.m. with the run beginning promptly at 8 a.m.

Registration for the walk opens at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

Activities for you and your pet happen from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On event day, please check in at the registration tent.

The walk route is approximately 2.2 miles, with a one-mile route available for those who would like a shorter stroll around the neighborhood.

If you can’t make it to the event day-of activities, you can still participate!

The annual Mutt Strut is a several month-long fundraising event that ends with our event day celebrations on May 12. Your participation occurs throughout the spring and up to event day. All funds collected before the event help save the lives of animals in need. You don’t need to come to the celebrations on May 12 to make an impact on the animals and participate in the event – although we’d love to have you!

Checks should be made out to the Friends For Animals of Metro Detroit and can mailed or dropped off at FAMD along with a completed contribution form:

Attn: Mutt Strut
2661 Greenfield
Dearborn, MI  48120

All donations are tax deductible and FAMD’s tax ID number is 38-3171-570. If you register for the event online, we will input all check donations into your personal fundraising page once they have been processed. You can also bring donations with you on the day of the event along with your registration form.

Contact us and we’d be happy to help!