Pup Strut with a purpose
MIAMI, Okla. – Miami’s Rotary Centennial Park was the place to be Saturday morning for both Four-Staters and their four-legged friends.
Dog owners participated in a community dog walk that also featured prizes, doggy bags, and even a meet and greet with local rescue pets.
The fun-filled event, also known as the Pup Strut, was put on by both Miami’s Community Crisis Center and the Miami Animal Alliance, and while it was meant to be a good time for both people and pups it was also sending out a serious message.
“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is a really high correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence, so we partnered with Miami Animal Alliance to kind of bring the community out and raise awareness, and let people know that we think all people and pets deserve to be safe, and there’s free local resources, and just encourage people with information and ways they can get involved and ways they can reach out for help if they need it,” said Kelsey Samuels, executive director of the Community Crisis Center.
The event was labeled as the “First Annual Pup Strut” and organizers were encouraged by the decent turn out. They say they’re excited about doing it all over again next year and hope they can get even more people and puppies involved.
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