Oct. 18 2021 07:27 AM

The annual dog adoption event brings rescue dogs seeking homes to the Louisville Trade Show Oct. 21.

The Alexandria, Virginia-based TurfMutt Foundation, the education arm of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, is again hosting of Lucky’s Mutt Madness, a national dog adoption event held in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society.

The event takes place October 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Freedom Hall arena of the Kentucky Exposition Center during the international trade show, GIE+EXPO. The show is the largest event for outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscape equipment industries.

“We lovingly call the dogs up for adoption during Mutt Madness as ‘show dogs.’ It ain’t Westminster but we have helped place many dogs in need in their forever homes,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI and the TurfMutt Foundation. “Thousands of show attendees drive to the event, making it possible for many to take one home.”

Lucky’s Mutt Madness is open to attendees and exhibitors of the trade show will have an opportunity to adopt a canine companion. More than 20 dogs will be available for adoption this year.

At the last Lucky’s Mutt Madness, nearly every dog available found a home, including the current TurfMutt spokesdog, Mulligan. After being adopted by Kiser, Mulligan found herself at work on the show floor 30 minutes after adoption. She now continues to “paw it forward” by inspiring kids and their families to care for and spend time in their living landscapes, like their backyards, parks and other green spaces.

Kiser adds, “Our green space has become more important than ever given recent times, and the ‘backyarding’ trend of doing more activities from working to socializing outside is here to stay. Dogs are a great way to reconnect to the outdoors.”

During the event, the TurfMutt Foundation will donate a $10,000 check to KHS to support their work in animal rehabilitation, rescue and adoption.

Plans also are underway to expand the TurfMutt Foundation’s work in Louisville, including a fundraising 5K race to benefit the KHS, Mulligan’s Fun Run, in downtown Louisville during the 2022 trade show. The Ariens Company will sponsor the run.