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Hudson River Park Hosts 'Strut Your Mutt' Festival

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The tails hit the trails to raise money for the Best Friends Animal Society.

Dog lovers came out in packs to Hudson River Park Saturday for the annual Strut Your Mutt Festival.

The dogs stopped by a canine cafe, the belly rub hub and a pet spa.

There were even trainers on hand to teach the pups some tricks.

The nationwide strut hopes to raise $2 million for animal shelters and rescue groups.

Owners say it's a great cause, and they say the pets love it.

"Really, what this does is, it strengthens local rescues," said Francis Battista, co-founder of the Best Friends Animal Society. "It means more animals are going to be rescued from the shelters, and that's what we're all about, is the shelter rescue of homeless pets."

"We just have a good time with the dogs, and hopefully some people will see us and decide that they want to adopt or foster," said one person at the event.

"It's always a great time, and the dogs love it, so yeah, it was totally worth it," said another.

For close to 30 years, Best Friends has been working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.

New York’s collective fundraising goal is $300,000.

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