Local Q Writer

QUINCY - There aren't many events where the whole family -- four-legged, furry members included -- is welcome, which is why the Quincy Humane Society's Mutt Strut is a big draw for pet lovers.

The Mutt Strut, an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society, will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wavering Park. The event primarily consists of a 1-mile walk for pets and their owners. This year, the event's theme is Hounds and Heroes and will include themed activities. Among them are a Superhero Run for children ages 4 to 11 years old, a children's fun zone that includes a cape-making station and three contests: Best Superhero, Best Superpower and Best Dynamic Duo. Participants are welcome to come in costume as their favorite superhero. Registration is $30 and opens at 9 a.m. Registration includes a goody bag and T-shirt for those who attend.

Humane Society's Community Relations Manager Pilar Brumbaugh said that when planning the upcoming Mutt Strut, someone suggested the Heroes and Hounds theme with the idea that people and their pets could dress up as their favorite superheroes, like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

However, Brumbaugh points out that everyone is a superhero in his or her own way. The Humane Society views those who adopt animals or support fundraisers as another kind of superhero.

Brumbaugh says animals come to the Humane Society in many ways, but once the animals are there, the organization is committed to making sure they live happy, healthy lives.

"All the fundraising efforts by the members of our community help to ensure we can continue that in the years to come," Brumbaugh said. "Maybe we have a dog that's heartworm positive that comes into our shelter. We can then provide treatment for that animal while that animal is in our care, find it a happy home. It's kind of one of those things where we help the community and then they help us, too, and really, without them, we wouldn't be able to continue what we do year after year."

Brumbaugh said that while the registration fee is only $30, the Humane Society does offer incentives above that at the $100, $250 and $500 levels.

The Mutt Strut is geared toward pet owners, but the Humane Society welcomes everyone; as long as participants love animals, they are encouraged to attend.

"Families need to get out and get involved in the community, and this is a fun way to do that," Brumbaugh said. "Quincy Humane Society definitely plays a big role in the community and in the animals in the community, so it's a fun way to support the organization, and it's also a fun time to get the whole family, including your animals, out and about on a beautiful day."