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Animal Wellness Centers Supports Best Friends Animal Society

Sponsors Event to Promote a World of No More Homeless Pets

LOS ANGELES, September 19, 2010 – Animal Wellness Centers is pleased to support Best Friends Animal Society and Much Love by sponsoring “Strut Your Mutt,” a nationwide fundraising event organized by Best Friends Animal Society. Local rescue groups and fellow animal lovers can take a leisurely, scenic morning walk to raise money and support the mission to achieve a world of No More Homeless Pets®. There will also be a doggie-themed festival for pets and their people that includes free massages and pampering for your pooches, training demonstrations, doggie yoga, the hottest products and accessories, free treats, music, food, and contests.

Strut Your Mutt will take place in Los Angeles and New York City. The LA event will be at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, September 19th (1-mile) from 8:30am to 1:00pm.

“We are proud to support Best Friends, Much Love and the local rescue partners through our sponsorship of Strut Your Mutt. I hope as many people and pooches as possible will join me and my four rescue dogs to help move us closer to a world of no more homeless pets,” said Dr. Annie, the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Animal Wellness Centers.

Animal Wellness Centers has made significant financial contributions to organizations dedicated to helping animals of all types, including the Humane Society of the United States, Kitten Rescue and Westside Food Bank, which provides food to homeless persons throughout Los Angeles.


At the very core of all the work of Best Friends Animal Society is the dream that one day kindness will replace cruelty, and animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. Spaying and neutering will become commonplace, and adoption will be the first choice for everyone.

Shelters will have the knowledge and resources to help rehabilitate special-needs animals and find the right family for every animal. Making this dream a reality is the mission we call No More Homeless Pets®.

Funds raised by Strut Your Mutt participants will go directly to our participating local rescue groups (Best Friends Network Charities) and to Best Friends local programs in New York and Los Angeles that support our mission.

As part of the Best Friends Network Charities program and its mission of supporting local groups to achieve No More Homeless Pets, Best Friends has opened up this fundraising opportunity to our local area Network Charities groups. All participating Network Charities groups are 501(c)3 organizations that are working toward achieving a world of No More Homeless Pets. When you join one of our participating Network Charities teams and help raise money for them, they will receive 100% of all money raised (after transaction fees).

All involvement and support of Best Friends local programs will help fund lifesaving adoption and spay/neuter programs, help rescue at-risk animals and find new homes for them, and help save animals from the misery of life in puppy mills. More than five million beautiful, healthy animals are euthanized in shelters every year. Participating in Strut Your Mutt is one way you can help to change that tragic reality.


Animal Wellness Centers LLC is a fast-growing companion-animal healthcare firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Its core business is veterinary services with a focus on comprehensive animal wellness designed to strengthen the human-animal bond. It is the exclusive retailer of Dr. Annie’sTM brand products. Its flagship Center in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood is the world’s first non-anthropomorphic companion-animal center offering full array of pet products, an education center, preventative care clinics and a social networking arena.

Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA (“Dr. Annie”) is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of AWC. She brings experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world including extensive work on endangered species such as giant pandas, black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Animal Hospital in New York City. Her private practice has spanned across the country with high-profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. She completed her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as President of the school’s chapter of the AVMA. She is also the recipient of various awards and distinctions including, among others, the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for special compassion for lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.