A Doggone Day of Fun at Victory Field
Saturday, September 26

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS MUTT STRUT?

Mutt Strut is a one-of a-kind event for pets of all shapes and sizes. People and dogs (even a few cats, pigs, and small critters) from across Indiana attend to support IndyHumane and enjoy a fun day outdoors with family and furry friends.

WHEN & WHERE IS MUTT STRUT?

Saturday, Septembers 26, 2020 at Victory Field
501 W Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Registration 8:30 a.m. | Ceremony 10:00 a.m. | Walk 10:30 a.m.

Recommended Parking Options:

Government Center Garage: 50 S. Missouri Street | 0.12 miles, 3- minute walk

White River State Park Garage: 800 W. Washington Street | 0.24 miles, 5-minute walk

White River State Park Surface Lot : 800 W. Washington Street | 0.15 miles, 3- minute walk

Convention Center Lot A: 327 S. Missouri Street | 0.2 miles, 4-minute walk

Circle Centre Mall Garage: 146 W. Maryland Street | 0.38 miles, 7-minute walk

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 handling! Registration fees help IndyHumane put on this amazing event each year, and we encourage participants to fundraise to help IndyHumane save even more homeless pets. Participants 2 and younger are free (but do not receive a t-shirt).

CAN I WALK, OR JUST WATCH, WITHOUT REGISTERING?

Anyone walking or attending the event register for Mutt Strut. Your registration fee covers the cost of the event Mutt Strut, plus your fundraising helps us provide 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! We strongly recommend registered participants pick up their materials ahead of time to ease congestion and wait times at registration on Saturday morning.

Teams

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

Teams are self-identifying groups of participants whose registration fees and fundraising all count toward a collective goal of support for IndyHumane! Teams 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 TEAM?

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

Corporate Teams are affiliated with and managed by an individual within a corporation. Typically, Teams are comprised of staff or clients of the corporation. Community/Friends & Family Teams are just that – your family, friends, or any non-work group you want to form. Teams 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 Team.

WHO LEADS A TEAM?

Teams 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 TEAM?

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

Fundraising

SHOULD 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 web page. 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 “IndyHumane” 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 Team and/or team 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 2020 will have their pet featured as the “ambassa-dog” of Mutt Strut 2021, 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.

Pets 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 can safely and comfortably keep under their control at all times.
All pets must be kept on a maximum 6-foot, non-retractable leash. All dogs must wear leashes and collars or harnesses at all times. No prong collars, choke chains, shock or electronic collars shall be worn.

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?

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 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.
All dogs must wear leashes and collars or harnesses at all times. No prong collars, choke chains, shock or electronic collars shall be worn.

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

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Mutt Strut is a rain or shine event! 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.

In the event that Mutt Strut is cancelled due to weather or other safety concerns, registration fees are non-refundable.  We will post updates on our website and social media should the event have to be canceled due to inclement weather.

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

Food for human participants will be available for purchase.  There may be vendors offering samples or snacks for purchase for pets.  You are welcome to bring water bottles for your family and pets.  Coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT?

YES! We rely on volunteers to make Mutt Strut a success. Volunteers help with everything from set-up to registration.

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.

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 volunteer@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. IndyHumane staff, presenting sponsors, and participants (human and canine alike) will be available for interviews and photography. Please contact media@indyhumane.org with any questions.