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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mutt lovers walk for cause

Mariana Enriquez / Roundup

New Leash on Life, a non-profit animal rescue organization, held its Nuts for Mutts 5K dog walk fundraiser at Shepard Stadium Sunday.

Founded in 1997 by Bobby Dorafshar, the idea came while working as a volunteer for the City of Los Angeles Animal Services.

“Then working with the shelters we start doing the big adoption process and the open houses to bring more people as a public to adopt rather than purchase, to be able to save more animals.”

Nuts for Mutts is a three-part annual event that consists of a dog show, the walk and a concert.

“This was an event I could not miss, instead of people rescuing animals, animals are now rescuing people,” said Debra Wilson as the celebrity speaker that got the audiences shaking their behinds with the rendition of “Who let the Dogs Out,” to start the 3.2 mile walk.

Lend a Paw is another program created by (NLOL) rehabilitating dogs who have just come out of shelters, they get completely trained, are evaluated, then they are put in a therapy program.

Then (NLOL) works with families who have autistic children as the dogs are then placed with the family to help them.

NLOL’s mission is “To save the lives of homeless animals and make a difference in the lives of people.”

For more information, visit www.newleash.org or www.nutsformutts.com.

Joel McHale host of “The Soup” brought his co-star chihuahua Lu to the 5K dog walk. He said Lu is like his thrid arm, his “very hairy arm.” ()

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