Mutts strut at pet-friendly walk downtown
Furry paws took over the Jacksonville Landing earlier this month in celebration of the Jacksonville Humane Society’s fifth annual Mutt March Fun Walk and Festival.
The Mutt March, formerly called Trail of Tails, welcomed owners and their canines for a morning of live music, a silent auction and vendors. The walk serves as an annual fundraiser for the Jacksonville Humane Society and has supporters from all over the city. Winn-Dixie, Pet Paradise and the Borland-Groover Clinic are among the many supporters and donators for the event.
"It’s awesome to see hundreds of dogs in one place for a good cause," said JHS veterinarian Jennifer Broadhurst.
Angela Suarez and her dog Pete also joined in on the festivities. "Every year it gets better because more people get involved," said Juarez.
Denise Deister, executive director for JHS, said the money raised will go to medical and behavioral rehabilitation for the animals. The organization is not funded by government assistance and therefore needs these types of events, said Deister.
Adoption manager, Lynn Williams, said the dogs they care for have various medical conditions and many are heartworm positive. Two puppies were up for adoption at the event, a Jack Russell terrier-Labrador retriever mix and a husky mix.
The vendors at the event included local animal-related businesses and organizations.
The Jacksonville Humane Society is a non-profit animal education and welfare organization. For more information, visit www.jaxhumane.org to learn about volunteer opportunities and donations.
Photos by Naomi Bermudez/ The Recorder