By Kristin Bednarski
Dogs of all shapes and sizes could be found on Front Street in New Richmond Sept. 23 for the second annual Strut Your Mutt event.
The event is held to support Tri-State County Animal Response Team, a disaster response team that focuses on the care of animals during times of local disaster.
“I thought it went pretty well,” Jennifer Drake, president of Tri-State CART, said about the event. “The events, I thought, were well attended.”
Strut Your Mutt featured activities for pet owners, demonstrations, a pet parade, food and shopping vendors and more.
“I come every year,” Lisa Gauntt, of New Richmond, said about the event. “I like seeing all the people and all the dogs.”
Gauntt said she loves animals and always tries to attend events in the community that focus on animals.
Many Clermont County residents brought there dogs out to the event. There were opportunities for dogs to socialize, practice obstacle courses and even get microchipped.
There were several demonstrations throughout the day including a canine from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, a pet communicator and dog agility demonstrations.
Residents could also participate in several contests including split the pot, a disaster kit raffle and two dog house raffles.
Alice Davis and Dianne Dobbin, both of New Richmond, also said they love animals and wanted to come out to support Tri-State CART.
“I think it is a great cause,” Dobbin said.
She said the event also raises awareness for Tri-State Cart and what they do in the community.
The organization provides temporary animal shelters, cares for pets of displaced families and they have also assisted with animal hoarding situations.
Tri-State CART serves eight counties in Ohio, including Clermont County, as well as counties in Kentucky and Indiana.
Drake said they have not total funds raised at the event yet but said this year the organization is hoping to use the funds raised at Strut Your Mutt to make modifications to their truck.
For more information about Tri-State CART visit www.tristatecart.com.