By Emma Wolff

According to a 2020 study, the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found there are more than 3.3 million dogs in shelters across the United States. The Arizona Small Dog Rescue is raising funds to help these furry friends in need through its Putts for Mutts golf tournament on April 17 at Stonecreek Golf Course. While the event isn’t happening until next month, registration is now open.

Arizona Small Dog Rescue is a not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Supported by a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing and saving homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs, Arizona Small Dog Rescue is committed to helping canines in need and caring for them until they find their forever families. The organization focuses on providing a safe environment where the health and welfare of the dogs are the top priorities.

“2020 was a tough year for everyone, including nonprofits. Coming together as a community to attend fundraising events like Putts for Mutts, helps organizations accomplish their missions. For Arizona Small Dog Rescue, that mission is to save and care for as many homeless animals as we can until they can be placed into new, loving homes,” says Denise Batistelli, Vice President of Arizona Small Dog Rescue.

In order to continue their exceptional care, Arizona Small Dog Rescue is raising funds and awareness by bringing back the Putts for Mutts golf tournament. After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, Arizona Small Dog Rescue is thrilled to host the 6th annual Putts for Mutts golf tournament and will be following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

Event registration includes: 18 holes of golf, practice balls, breakfast burrito, box lunch and prize awards. Attendees can also purchase a super ticket for entry in game hole prizes and golf ball launchers, and raffle ticket entries for a chance to win a 49” LG Smart TV.

“We are eternally grateful for the support of our community,” says Batistelli. “Our medical care expenses in 2020 exceeded over $327,000. The funds generated from this event will be used solely to help offset the ongoing medical needs of the pups in our care. We hope to see you on April 17 for a fun and safe event that will help the dogs in need.”

To register for this event, contact Lisa Scott at 602-918-9431 or email Putts4Mutts@azsmalldog.org. The registration fee prior to March 21 is $475 for a four pack of tickets or $125 for an individual ticket. The prices will increase to $600 for four and $150 individually after March 21.