Strut The Pup is proud to sponsor Old Dog Haven’s 2017 Walk for Old Dogs

Astor, Bear, and Bruno were all ‘elderly’ rescues when we took in to our home, and they made their way into our hearts. The type of dogs that most people don’t want to deal with, even those already willing to take in a rescue. Astor, an old German Shepard abandoned by his owner; Bear an old Newfoundland with hip dysplasia; and Bruno and old English Mastiff with more problems than we can detail. And while each of them did not spend a lifetime with us, the few years we had with each of them were amazing and rewarding more than we could have imagined. And now we have Sarge, another old German Shepard, rescued from a kill shelter in CA. We couldn’t have asked for a better companion.

All too many dogs of advanced years find themselves terrified and confused at shelters, where their chances of adoption are almost zero. They find themselves there for many reasons, from an owner’s death, a move, owners working much longer hours, trouble with small children in the home, or bad financial circumstances. Whatever the reason, these dogs find themselves alone, afraid, and less attractive than the cure puppy in the cage next door. With so many questions about their history and how it may affect their future at a home, people tend to avoid the risk.

That is where Old Dog Haven comes in.

Founded in 2004, they provide safe, loving homes for abandoned senior dogs who have almost zero chance of adoption in a shelter. They do not have a kennel; all the dogs live in homes as members of temporary or permanent (Final Refuge) families. They take dogs 8 years and older from shelters and occasionally from owners in Western Washington. They adopt out dogs that have a reasonable life expectancy; however, more than 90% of the dogs are Final Refuge (permanent foster) or hospice residents – too frail, old or sick for adoption. Old Dog Haven give these dogs a loving family and good quality of life in their final months, years, weeks or even days.

The Walk for Old Dogs is their biggest annual event and a fun time for all. The Walk is not a race but a promenade around the park to celebrate their senior dogs. Every penny raised at the Walk will be used to care for more than 300 dogs in permanent foster care.

This year the walk will take place Sunday, July 23 between 10:30 – 3:00 at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline, WA.

This team does amazing things and we are proud to sponsor their walk and we encourage you all to join.


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Strut The Pup Team Gives Back




Our Pack Leaders, our employees, have the pleasure of working every day with dogs, cats, parrots, and other animals that are cared for as equal members of the family. But not all animals enjoy this privilege – that of being loved, fed, blanketed, and cared for. Many animals find their way to shelters – and the numbers are growing and the caring organizations need help.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many organizations use animals to help people, be it search dogs or therapy horses. They too need help to continue providing this crucial services.

So to try and help, even in a small way,  Strut The Pup launched this year our “Pack Leaders Give Back” program and this Thanksgiving weekend, our employees took part in it for the first time.

The program enables employees to select one or more animal related charities of their choosing, here in our region, and Strut The Pup will donate funds directly to them. No questions asked. No strings attached.

In addition, the company also matches employee giving in both funds and volunteer time.

For this first year of the program, thanks to our employees, we donated to six different charities in the Seattle area including:

(Go ahead and click on them to learn more about these great organizations.)

The pets we serve are blessed with fantastic owners who love them, care for them, and provide their every need. What a great privilege it is to be able to give to those animals less fortunate and to those animals that help care for our community.


Food for Thought

What happens when the Redmond High School Animal Club and Strut The Pup join forces to help animal shelters in need of help? 550 lbs of dog food for the Seattle Humane Society shelter in Bellevue…that’s what.

Redmond High School, one of the Lake Washington School District public schools has an animal club where students who care about animals can work together to do good. One of their activities is a food drive to collect food for the hungry dogs that find themselves in the shelter on these cold winter days and nights.

As Robyn Kunkler, the teacher lead at the Animal Club pointed out, every year, between 3 and 6 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States simply because they do not have homes. They are there through no fault of their own because of decisions humans make.

Strut The Pup was happy to be called upon to support this great cause. Not only does this support the animals, but it supports the education and growth of the great students at the high school. What a great opportunity for these young students (perhaps future pack leaders) to be part of something greater than themselves and help an important cause.


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Strut The Pup’s Einat Ganzarski delivers the 550lbs of dog food to the Redmond High School Animal Club