Highland Humane Society Holds First Annual Strut Your Mutt Fun Run

Are you and your four legged friend tired of being cooped up through the winter months? If so, there’s an upcoming event to let both of you stretch your legs. We spoke with self-described professional volunteer Corena Huffman of the Highland Humane Society to learn more.

“We’re talking about the First Annual Strut Your Mutt Fun Run. It’s a fundraiser partnership with the Highland County Recreation Commission and the Highland County Humane Society. It will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at the pool complex in downtown Monterey, starting at 9:00 until noon or so.

“It’s family friendly – anyone can come, bring your dogs, and if you want to walk around town on the green space path with your dog, that’s fine. There will be an actual 5K mapped out, if you would actually like to run a 5K, with or without your dog, and we hope to have some dogs for adoption and alumni as well.

“If you don’t have any dogs to walk, just come join us for a fun run or walk, or just hang out with us for the day. We’ll be having some local vendors, the Rescue Squad will be providing food, and hopefully their ice cream truck.

“Registration is open right now – pre-registration is $20. You can register online – you’ll also be able to register the day of the event, and all participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag while supplies last, so get registered early.

For more information or to register, visit, www.highlandcountyrecreation.org, or you can also call 540-468-2978 for the Recreation Commission, or Highland County Humane Society, at 540-468-3288.

Corena is just one of the many professional volunteers who work for the Humane Society, and they can always use more supplies, and extra hands.

“We can always use cat litter, kitten chow, newspapers, towels and sheets, dog food, gas cards – cash works. Highland County Humane Society is a 100% volunteer run organization – we’re always looking for volunteers, foster homes, transporters, envelope stuffers, cleaners – open to suggestion with your gifts and talents as well – we won’t turn anybody away, that’s for sure.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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