Girl Scout Organizes Strut a Mutt Benefit to Help Homeless Dogs and Cats in Kansas City

Overland Park, Kansas, May 17, 2011 – 14-year-old Girl Scout Lauren Keller has organized Strut a Mutt, a dog show event to raise funds for the Heart of America Humane Society (HAHS).
May 17, 2011 - PRLog -- Strut a Mutt will be on Friday May 20th from 6:30 – 8pm at the Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park in Overland Park, west of Quivira off 119th St.

Strut a Mutt will start with activities for people and their dogs. There will be treats, a free Ask-A-Vet booth, police and service dog demonstrations, and other activities. Then, between 7-8pm, there will be a contest for dogs in various categories, such as Best Veteran (dogs aged 8 and up), Puppy Power (dogs aged 2 and under), Super Smiles (for 3-7 year old dogs), Best Dressed, Chubby Champ, Best Trick, and Most Magnificent Mutt. A donation of $5 is requested for each entry. Prizes will be awarded to the “top dog” in each category.

This event will help Miss Keller achieve her Silver Award for Girl Scouts, the highest award for girls between the ages of 11-14. The Silver Award combines leadership and community involvement, and teaches the organizational skills needed to host an event. Miss Keller has been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old, and has been working on her Silver Award for the past two years.

Miss Keller has been a HAHS volunteer for the past three years, working as a “kitty angel,” caring for the cats who live in the display area of the PetSmart store at 115th St & Metcalf in Overland Park. The Keller family also adopted their dog, Chloe, from HAHS.

“I was motivated to help out the HAHS during my work as a kitty angel for them. Volunteering with the cats gave me a good understanding of how individual and important each animal is and how each one deserves a place where they can be loved,” says Lauren Keller

“All the HAHS volunteers are deeply moved by the generosity and compassion of Miss Keller, and feel fortunate to know there are such caring young people in our community,” says HAHS President Jacque David. “Because we are an all-volunteer organization and have very little overhead, all the funds raised at the Strut a Mutt event will go directly to the pets in our care. We’re also happy to know that Miss Keller was inspired to do this project to benefit HAHS because of her work as a kitty angel and her family’s love for their dog Chloe, a former HAHS foster dog.”

One hundred percent of Strut a Mutt proceeds will be used to purchase additional food, medical supplies, toys and other general supplies to assist animal foster family volunteers of HAHS. Heart of America Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) charity and an all-volunteer organization, thus it relies largely on the time, effort, and money of their numerous volunteers and extended network of supporters such as Miss Keller. With the help of Miss Keller, many dogs’ and cats’ lives will be saved.

Miss Keller is also requesting donations of unopened bags of dry pet food for Vets 4 Pets, an organization designed to help those in need keep their pets via a pet food pantry. Vets 4 Pets is operated in conjunction with VFW Post 846 and is located at 8804 Grant Street in Overland Park, KS.

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The Heart of America Humane Society is a 100% volunteer organization working to find good homes for animals that are received at two shelters in the Kansas City area.

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