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Adoption Success! Rescue Dogs Find Forever Homes At The Inaugural TurfMutt Pet Adoption Event, MUTT MADNESS

October 31, 2018

Several rescue dogs were adopted at MUTT MADNESS, a TurfMutt Pet Adoption Event, at the annual GIE+EXPO, the largest trade show for outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscape industries. Held in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and GIE+EXPO, the October 18 MUTT MADNESS event offered an opportunity for rescue dogs to find their forever homes from among the 24,000 show attendees.

“We took the definition of ‘show dog’ to a whole new level,” said Kris Kiser, President of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which is the managing partner for GIE+EXPO. “Our industry is comprised of ‘outsiders,’ who love the outdoors and animals. MUTT MADNESS was a natural fit. After all, who knows your yard the best? Your dog. And who makes your yard possible? The contractors, manufacturers, and landscapers who attend GIE+EXPO. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

OPEI’s environmental education platform, TurfMutt, donated a $10,000 check to the KHS during the event to support their work in animal rehabilitation, rescue, and adoption.

Kiser rescued his dog, Lucky, off an Indiana highway more than 10 years ago and now Lucky is “pawing it forward” as the face of the TurfMutt program, which educates children and families about the value of, and how to care for, green spaces including family yards, parks and other landscaped areas so vital to our communities.

“We are thrilled to see these wonderful dogs find new homes. Ten rescue dogs were adopted at our inaugural MUTT MADNESS event, and even more dogs from the show found their forever homes over the weekend,” said Kiser.

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