BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Best Friends Animal Society’s annual fundraising dog walk and festival, Strut Your Mutt, will come to NWA for the first time ever on October 8.

The event brings together communities to raise money to save the lives of homeless pets. Participants can choose to support and raise funds for Best Friends or their favorite local participating animal welfare organization.

The event will be held at Osage Park in Bentonville from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On the day of the event, fundraising efforts are celebrated with the group dog walk, followed by a fun-filled festival where four-and two-legged participants of all ages can enjoy a “smooch your pooch photo booth,” food trucks, raffles, music, contests and more.

This year’s fundraising goal is $50,000. Registration starts at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10 a.m. and the event ends at 12 p.m. 

Best Friends Strut Your Mutt in NWA features local animal organizations raising crucial funds needed to save the lives of more pets in their care. Walkers can sign up as individuals or members of a team. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt.

The event is not limited to dog lovers; many cat organizations have also benefitted from being a part of Strut Your Mutt. For full information on participating rescue groups and shelters, fundraising opportunities, walk and festival details, and more, please visit strutyourmutt.org.  

Best Friends has been helping local animal rescue groups and shelters for more than 26 years to raise funds for their lifesaving work through Strut Your Mutt walks around the country. Nationally, the fundraising goal for Strut Your Mutt 2022 is $1.3 million.

In Bentonville, Best Friends runs a Lifesaving Center, is opening a Pet Resource Center in early 2023, and leads the NWA PAW coalition. To learn more, please visit: bestfriends.org/nwa.