Actress Amanda Seyfried Struts Her Mutt For Rescue Pups

Christina Peden
by Christina Peden
Join Amanda Seyfried and her adorable mutt Finn as they invite you to “Strut Your Mutt” for a good cause with the Challenge.

We love it when celebrities use their fame for a good cause — especially when it’s to help out our four-legged friends!

Amanda Seyfried announced on the Today Show that she and her ridiculously cute rescue pup, Finn, are the new faces of the Best Friends Animal Society’s Challenge.

Best Friends is a leader in the no-kill movement — it runs the largest no-kill companion animal sanctuary in the US and works with more than 1400 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. If theirs isn’t a cause worthy of support, we’re not sure what is!

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So why 9000 steps? Just ask Amanda.

“There are 9,000 dogs and cats killed every day in America’s shelters due to not having a home–that’s an estimated 4 million per year,” said the actress. “Best Friends is working around the country with local rescue groups and shelters to bring that number down to zero. Let’s each take 9,000 steps in the right direction to save them all!”

Since 2010, the Strut Your Mutt campaign has raised more than $7.2 million for animal welfare organizations that are partnered with Best Friends. This year’s goal is $3 million.

So, what do you say — are you ready to Strut Your Mutt for a good cause?

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Participants can take part in the Challenge virtually or by attending a “Strut Your Mutt” event in one of 14 participating cities this fall.

To start, you can create your own fundraising page or donate to an existing team at

Participating cities and dates:

Sept. 10 Portland

Sept. 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Sept. 17 Austin and Kanab, UT

Sept. 18 San Francisco

Sept. 24 Atlanta and Jacksonville, FL

Oct. 1 New York City and D.C. Metro

Oct. 8 St. Louis

Oct. 15 Houston and Phoenix

Oct. 22 Los Angeles and Salt Lake City

Watch Amanda and Finn’s road to preparation for the Challenge below (WARNING: Cuteness Overload!)

Christina Peden
Christina Peden

Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.

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