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Mutt Strut Barks at New Location

The Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strut event has a new home. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in past years, the 2016 Mutt Strut will take place in Garfield Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 15. The new venue provides acres of green grass on which our furry friends can frolic, an amphitheater for musical performances, and plenty of space for vendors and exhibitors, activities, and food.

Mutt Strut is the largest annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Indianapolis, drawing over 6,000 pets and 7,000 people. The money raised helps the nonprofit organization fulfill its vision of ensuring that central Indiana animals are treated with dignity and respect while living free from cruelty, harm, and neglect. Each year, the organization cares for more than 5,000 animals. Fundraising events like Mutt Strut are vital to Indy Humane, as the organization receives no government funding.

“Mutt Strut will truly be the greatest spectacle in dog walking this year,” says CEO John Aleshire. “Whether you attend with or without a dog, if you walk the whole track or just the one-mile short course, there’s something for animal lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.”

Admission: Pre-registration until May 8 is $20 for ages 8-15 and $35 for ages 16-59. Regular admission is May 9 through event day and is $25 for ages 8-15 and $40 for ages 16-59. Seniors receive a $5 adult registration discount. Location: 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. For more information and to register, visit

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