The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking

April 29, 2017 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

General Information

WHAT IS MUTT STRUT?

Mutt Strut is a one-of a-kind event for pets of all shapes and sizes that has been called The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking! NUVO readers have voted Mutt Strut the Best Charitable Event in Indianapolis for the last eight years in a row! Each year, more than 7,000 people and 6,000 dogs from across Indiana attended to support the Humane Society of Indianapolis, walk the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, and enjoy a fun day outdoors with family and furry friends.

WHEN IS MUTT STRUT 2017?

Mutt Strut 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 29. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the official Mutt Strut walk kicking off at 11 am.

WHERE IS MUTT STRUT BEING HELD THIS YEAR?

Mutt Strut 2017 returns to our home at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year, we will be walking the Grand Prix track. This track includes the Yard of Bricks, portions of the Indy 500 track, and is bordered by green grass for dogs to visit along much of their walk.

HOW LONG IS THE MUTT STRUT WALK?

The Grand Prix course is approximately 2 1/2 miles long. A shorter route that is approximately half the length is also available.

Registration

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER EVERYONE WALKING, INCLUDING MY CHILDREN AND PET(S)?

Mutt Strut registrations are for people, and each person can bring as many pets as they are comfortable bringing with them! 100% of all registration fees support the mission and programs of IndyHumane. Registration discounts are available for senior citizens. Participants 7 and younger are free (but do not receive a t-shirt).

CAN I WALK, OR JUST WATCH, WITHOUT REGISTERING?

We ask that anyone doing the walk or attending the event register for Mutt Strut. Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on Mutt Strut, and it also goes toward food for our adoptable animals, provides medical care and vaccinations, and helps our animals find their forever home.

IS MY REGISTRATION FEE TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Mutt Strut registration qualifies as a charitable contribution and is deductible as allowed by law. Please save your canceled check, registration confirmation, or credit card statement for your records. All donations to individual walkers are also considered charitable contributions and are deductible as allowed by law.

CAN I PICK UP MY T-SHIRT AND PACKET IN ADVANCE?

You sure can! Packet pickup will be available:

Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 11 am – 6 pm, at the Fountain Square Animal Clinic, at 880 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis

Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27, 11 am – 7 pm, at Whole Foods Market, Nora location, at 1300 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

You can also pick up your shirt and packet at Mutt Strut, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Packs (Teams)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER OF A PACK?

Packs are self-identifying groups of participants whose registration fees and fundraising all count toward a collective goal of support for IndyHumane! Packs are invited to participate in exclusive fundraising challenges for prizes and unique experiences, have access to special incentives and discounts, and are the first to hear about new Mutt Strut features.

WHO CAN START A PACK?

Anyone leading a group of people can start a pack! Visit the Registration page, click “Form a Team,” and you’ll be led through the registration process to create a Pack.

Corporate Packs are teams affiliated with and managed by an individual within a corporation. Typically, Packs are comprised of staff or clients of the corporation. Community/Friends & Family Packs are just that – your family, friends, or any non-work group you want to form. Packs are challenged to raise at least $500, but team captains can set any fundraising goal they would like!

If you are not representing a company or group, but still want to have the team benefits, you can form a Family & Friends Pack.

WHO LEADS A PACK?

Packs are led by up to three co-captains who can administer fundraising goals, messages to team members, and communicate with IndyHumane events staff on behalf of the team. Each team must have at least one captain, and co-captains can be added or removed at any time. Team captains will receive special messages from IndyHumane regarding fundraising challenges.

HOW DO I START A PACK?

Visit the Registration page, click “Form a Team,” and you’ll be led through the registration process to create a Pack. If you are reforming a Pack from a previous year, one of your Pack’s captains (aka Alpha Dogs) must be the one to create it. Have any trouble forming your Pack? Email muttstrut@indyhumane.org or call (317) 872-5650 extension 121.

Fundraising

CAN I RAISE MORE THAN THE REGISTRATION FEE?

YES, absolutely! Mutt Strut is our biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the animals at IndyHumane, so we encourage all participants to raise as much as possible. Individuals will be able to donate directly through your Mutt Strut personal webpage. You can also collect donations by check or cash and use the offline donation form to track them. All checks should be made payable to the “Humane Society of Indianapolis,” and we ask that you include the donor’s full name and address along with the gift amount on the donation form, as well as being sure to identify which Pack and/or pack member we should credit.

WHAT IS THE “TOP DOG” PRIZE, AND HOW DO I WIN IT?

The individual who raises the most money for Mutt Strut 2017 will have his/her pet featured as the “ambassa-dog” of Mutt Strut 2018, which means your pet will be featured on next year’s t-shirt, website, posters, and marketing materials for the event! Learn more at www.indymuttstrut.org/top-dog.

ARE THERE OTHER PRIZES FOR THE DONATIONS I RAISE?

In addition to the “Top Dog” award, the top corporate pack and the top Community or Friends & Family pack will win at least 10 tickets to the Mari Hulman Suite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice prior to the Indy 500, as well as a fun prize packet.

Pets at the Event

ARE PETS OTHER THAN DOGS PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT?

YES! However, we ask that they be protected for their own safety. For example, it may be best for cats to be contained inside a covered stroller. Hoofed animals wearing rubber-soled shoes for the entire day will be permitted to participate at the event.

DO I HAVE TO BRING A PET IN ORDER TO WALK?

No, anyone is welcome to walk — with or without a pet!

CAN I BRING MORE THAN ONE PET TO THE EVENT?

Participants can bring as many pets as they are comfortable walking; however, all pets must be kept on a maximum 6-foot, non-retractable leash. Please be advised that walking more than one dog at a time requires the skill to keep them from becoming tangled. If you wish to bring more than one dog to the event, we encourage you to recruit friends and family to register and join you.

DO THE PETS THAT ATTEND MUTT STRUT HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATIONS?

No. Although proof of vaccinations is not required, we encourage pet owners to stay current with their pet’s vaccinations. Learn more about low-cost vaccination services provided by IndyHumane by clicking here.

WHAT IS THE LEASH REQUIREMENT FOR THE EVENT?

All dogs must be kept on a maximum 6-foot, non-retractable leash during the event. Pets arriving on a retractable leash will not be permitted into the event. This is because a retractable leash can allow dogs to get too far from their owners to protect and control them, and because they can easily become tangled, which can result in injury to people and pets. Owners that arrive with retractable leashes will be offered the opportunity to switch to a non-retractable leash.

We ask that owners keep their dogs close by since there are thousands of people and pets at this event. This will help ensure the safety of your pet, or pets in your vicinity, if they don’t behave well with others.

CAN A DISABLED PET PARTICIPATE?

YES. All pets are encouraged to participate. Wagons and strollers are also permitted on the walk route, and there will be “Paw Check” vet stations along the path for pets who become tired or ill during the walk.

Day of the Event

HOW DO I GET TO THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located at 4790 W 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222. Driving directions are available here.

WHAT ABOUT PARKING?

Parking is available at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When you arrive, you will be guided by IMS staff to the closest available spot.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Mutt Strut is held rain or shine! Please dress yourself and your pet accordingly. Please remember that registration fees are non-refundable, and refunds WILL NOT be given in the event of rain.

WILL THERE BE FOOD FOR PURCHASE? CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD TO THE EVENT?

Food for human participants will be available for purchase from food trucks and other vendors. You are welcome to bring food and beverages (excluding alcohol) for your family and pets.

Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT?

YES! We need approximately 200 volunteers to make Mutt Strut a success. Volunteers help with everything from set-up to registration. Volunteer registration will open in March 2017.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?

Just like our shelter volunteer program, we ask that all Mutt Strut volunteers be at least 16 years of age to participate on their own, or at least 8 years of age to participate with a parent/guardian (minimum age of volunteers with an adult may vary depending on the volunteer role).

IS THERE A VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION?

IndyHumane will offer orientation classes for Mutt Strut volunteers. Orientation will be held at our Michigan Road shelter. Dates and times will be announced when volunteer sign-up opens in March.

CAN I BRING MY PETS OR CHILDREN WITH ME IF I VOLUNTEER?

Please do not bring your children with you while volunteering, unless they are also signed up as volunteers. Please see the volunteer sign-up page for limitations on volunteer ages and roles. Volunteers are asked not to bring pets while volunteering, but are welcome to have friends or family bring their pet to enjoy the event before or after their volunteer shift. If you have specific questions, please contact muttstrut@indyhumane.org.

Media

I’M A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA. HOW CAN I COVER THE EVENT OR GET PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS, OR LOGOS?

IndyHumane can accommodate reporters, photographers, and videographers throughout the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IndyHumane staff, presenting sponsors, and participants (human and canine alike) will be available for interviews and photography. Please contact kconrad@indyhumane.org with any questions.

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