Rossland-based HEART Dog Rescue is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year.
On Sunday, May 13, mutts from Nelson to Grand Forks will be descending upon Birchbank Picnic Grounds for a mock dog-show and a variety of fun competitions.
Sponsor support has been amazing for this year’s event, with Pulsar stepping up to offer the “Cutest in the Koots” winner grain-free dog food for a year, as well as bags of food for category champions.
DNA My Dog has donated a testing kit, which will be given away as a door prize.
Show and competition prizes have also been donated by local pet stores Tails Pet Supply & Services, Total Pet, and Barks n Rec, as well as Rossland businesses Revolution Cycle, Jellybean Junction, The Red Pair, The Sunshine Café and Mountain Mutt Bakery.
The show will consist of mutts (purebreds welcome) strutting in 5 size categories, judged on cuteness alone by dog experts and pillars of local communities.
Light-hearted competitions like the fetching show-down, quirkiest tricks and obedience trials will also be taking place.
HEART Rescue relies on donations to keep its operation afloat.
Last year, 55 dogs were saved from neglectful or life-threatening situations and adopted to loving families in the Kootenays and beyond.
Funds are always needed for transport, veterinary bills, food and supplies.
The Strut is a family-friendly event so please bring the whole crew!
The entry donation for the show is $10, plus $5 for individual competitions, or $20 to enter everything.
Registration forms can be found on-line at www.heartdogrescue.com, or at these locations: Tails in Rossland, Total Pet in Castlegar and Barks n Rec in Trail.
Registration at the event will begin at 10 a.m., the show will start at 11 a.m.