STUART — Fur was flying and tails were wagging during the sixth annual Mutt Derby at The Fur Seasons Pet Resort in Stuart. One hundred sixty dogs of all sizes and breeds raced toward the finish line, not knowing that their efforts were raising money for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). But their owners were aware, and their entry fees along with proceeds from the doggie swim party, a silent auction and a raffle, totaled $11,350 — the most this event has ever raised for the HSTC’s shelter animals.
Presented by Seacoast National Bank, the Mutt Derby grows each year, with an estimated 900 guests attending this year’s event. In its first six years, the event has raised more than $45,000 to benefit pet care organizations in the community.
“There is no other event like this on the Treasure Coast and we are thrilled that we can support our local humane society with such a fun and entertaining event,” said Drue Pollack, co-owner of The Fur Seasons.
HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente said, “We are grateful to The Fur Seasons for organizing this event on our behalf each year. We also thank the community for coming out to participate and show their support for our shelter.”
One lucky person, Mary Condon from Connecticut, won the drawing, which entitles her to a weekend for two to New York City, two round-trip airline tickets, a two-night stay at The Kimberly Hotel and two tickets to a Broadway Show. Her dog will be transported via limo service to and from The Fur Seasons for a two-night stay, which includes boarding amenities and a spa package.
All dogs pranced away with a certificate of participation and the first-, second- and third-place winners proudly displayed their prize ribbons. Visitors also enjoyed pet therapy presentations and pet-related vendors.
In addition to Seacoast National Bank, Miller’s Ale House and Hills/Science Diet were major sponsors. Other sponsors included AceK9.com, Waste Management, Searle & Associates, Hayden Air, Golf USA, Grand Island Athletic Club, Handyman Matters and Ace Follmer (a dog).
For more information, call 772-286-8283 or visit the website, http:// www.thefurseasonsresort.com.