, Newburyport, MA

May 10, 2013

Strut for Strays steps off on May 19

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURY — The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society invites supporters and friends to join its 18th annual Strut for Strays fundraising event at the Upper Green, Newbury, on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pets are welcome.

The Strut for Strays is underwritten with Premier Sponsorship from The Institution for Savings Charitable Fund and Golden Purr Sponsorship from Chase and Lunt Insurance and Petco Foundation. The event features a 3-mile walk around Newbury and a festival of more than 60 merchandise and promotional booths. Live entertainment will include Merrimac Hat Company, a folk acoustic group featuring Logan Piercey and Jack Labbe. Kathy’s Tumbleweed, singer Karina Rae and J&C Entertainment will also perform. The Society’s Catmobile will be on site.

Sponsorship, team captain opportunities and booth locations are still available. Walkers can register by visiting and can raise pledges or form a fundraising team online at www.firstgiving/mrfrs. All participants who raise $50 or more will earn a free Strut for Strays T-shirt. Team and individual prizes will be awarded to top fundraiser.

“This is a critical fundraising event for the Society,” said MRFRS Executive Director Bill Piercey in a press release. “The economic challenges families have been facing for the past few several years have trickled down to impact domestic animals. We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of distressed and homeless cats and kittens. Contributions from the Strut for Strays directly support the health and welfare of thousands of cats and kittens served in our innovative shelter and programs.”

The MRFRS is committed to ensuring the health and welfare of feral and domestic cats and kittens by promoting pro-active, compassionate, no-kill programs. Last year the MRFRS sterilized over 7,000 cats and kitties. Since it founding in 1992, the organization has assisted over 50,000 cats and kittens. For more information, visit