Local pups can socialize and make new fur friends this weekend at Getzendaner Park.

StreetsToSheets, a local animal rescue, will host its first-ever Mutt Strut on Saturday to raise funds to aid animals in severe need.

The event will include a dog walk, $1 games, contests, a kids' zone and fun for families and their four-legged friends.

“It’s to fund our efforts,” said marketing chair Stephanie Schaefer. “We’ve got a vet bill of $9,000 that we need to chip away at. So we figured, let's do this for the community and chip away at our vet bill so we can continue to save more animals.”

Registration for each dog is $20 to participate in the walk and can be completed online at streetstosheetsanimalrescue.com/muttstrut. Schaefer did emphasize that shot records must be submitted online in order to participate. Individuals who register their dog on-site will also be required to provide all the necessary documents.

Late registration will take place at 9 a.m. and booths will open at this time. The dog walk will begin at 10 a.m., and the games and contests will take place after. All dog walk participants will receive goody bags and fun take-home surprises from area businesses.

The kids' zone will be hosted by teens and children involved in the junior program. These volunteers will also provide information on responsible pet ownership and welfare education. The kid’s zone will include face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house, various games and more.

The event will take place at Getzendaner Park along the banks of Waxahachie Creek in a 33-acre space. Food trucks will also be on-site and will include Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, MyTee Sweet Snow Cones, Texas Smashers Lemonade, food provided by Big Al’s Down the Hatch and more. DJ Alexx will provide entertainment.

To register a dog, become a sponsor, host a vendor or to volunteer, log onto streetstosheetsanimalrescue.com.

StreetstoSheets is a nonprofit organization focused on rescuing and rehoming unwanted dogs in Ellis County. The organization was established in 2016 and has helped over 500 animals. Dogs are fully vetted, heartworm negative and microchipped before adoption.

“We focus on severe cases … In most cases if a dog were brought to a shelter, it would be euthanized,” Schaefer explained.

The nonprofit has also helped lemurs, snakes, rabbits, ferrets and hedgehogs.

“If it has a beating heart and it needs a chance, we are going to save it,” Schaefer said.

Animals available for adoption will be at Getzendaner Park on Saturday and can be seen in advance online. All requirements are listed on the adoption application that can be found online.

For additional details and information, log onto www.streetstosheetsanimalrescue.com or visits its Facebook page by searching StreetsToSheetsAnimalRescue.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450