Fifteen Rescue Dogs Find New Homes at Lucky’s Mutt Madness at Louisville Trade Show


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The TurfMutt Foundation, the education and environmental management arm of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), is pleased to announce that 15 rescue dogs from the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) have found permanent homes during Lucky’s Mutt Madness. This annual national dog adoption event is held in conjunction with the Equip Exposition trade show and gives rescued dogs the chance to meet hundreds of trade show attendees.

“For the dogs, the event was to find a permanent home,” says Kris Kiser.

Adopted puppies are now settling into their new homes forever just as Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 1-7, 2021, kicks off.

“For the dogs, the event was above all about finding a permanent home,” says Kris Kiser, president of the TurfMutt Foundation, OPEI and Equip Exposition, “… and for the show attendees who create the green spaces that l America loves. Fart emphasizes the importance of what they do every day: go out, work in it, and enjoy it. ”

Equip Exposition is the largest event for outdoor electrical equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscaping equipment industries, and in 2019 it was the 6th in the United States according to the Gold 100.

When Zachary Watson, owner of Site Pros Landscaping, and Alissa Wells stopped by Lucky’s Mutt Madness, they had no intention of adopting a dog. Then they met the fiery Kaia, a mixture of spaniels, and “it just happened,” they say. Kaia moves into her new home near Orlando with their five-year-old lab mix, Snowman and the two dogs accompany them to work. “We haven’t had a puppy for five years and she’s going around the house!” they say.

Ace, an American Bulldog mix, caught the attention of Jacqui Hubacek, who wanted to adopt a dog that could play with her two boys, Greyson and Ayden. She was able to meet a number of puppies at the event and chose Ace to take him to her home in Illinois because he was so sweet. She reports that Ace already masters the sitting position and that her youngest son tells her every day, “You picked the perfect one!”

“We lovingly call dogs up for adoption during Mutt Madness as ‘show dogs.’ This is not Westminster, but we have helped place many needy dogs into their homes forever,” Kiser said.

“It’s so gratifying to see our amazing rescue dogs finding new homes. Some of them have been through a lot of hardship,” said Alisa Gray, vice president of outreach at KHS. “We are delighted to partner with the TurfMutt Foundation again and look forward to the 2022 event as well as the new 5K run through Louisville to benefit animal rescue rehabilitation and adoption.”

At Lucky’s Mutt Madness 2019, current TurfMutt spokesperson Mulligan found his home with Kiser. She resides in Virginia and now continues to “move forward” by inspiring children and their families to care for and spend time in backyards, parks and other green spaces.

Kiser adds, “Our green space has become more important than ever, and the ‘backyard’ trend of doing more activities, from work to socializing outdoors, is here to stay. Dogs are here to stay. are a great way to reconnect with the outdoors. “

During the event, the TurfMutt Foundation donated a check for $ 10,000 to KHS to support their good work in the rehabilitation, rescue and adoption of animals. “The work of the Kentucky Humane Society is amazing and we should all appreciate what animal rescue organizations are doing every day,” Kiser said.

With the announcement of the name change of GIE + EXPO to Equip Exposition and a new office in Louisville, plans are also underway to expand the activities of the TurfMutt Foundation. The trade show October 19-21, 2022 will feature a 5K fundraising run to benefit KHS, Mulligan’s Fun Run, to be held in downtown Louisville. The Compagnie Ariens will sponsor the race.

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Photo / media contacts: Ami Neiberger-Miller, Four Leaf PR on behalf of OPEI, 703-887-4877, [email protected] Debbi Mayster, Four Leaf PR on behalf of OPEI, 240-988-6243, [email protected] Andrea Blair , Kentucky Humane Society, 502-762-3729, [email protected]

About TurfMutt TurfMutt was created by the TurfMutt Foundation of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and has reached over 70 million children, educators and families since 2009. Using classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches for students and teachers how to “save the planet, one meter at a time.” TurfMutt is an official partner of USGBC® Education and part of their global LEARNING LAB. TurfMutt is an educational resource for the Green Ribbon schools of the ministry Department of Education, United States Department of Energy, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, Center for Green Schools, Outdoors Alliance for Kids, National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, the TurfMutt animated video series won the coveted Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Interstitial Series. habitat p TurfMutt staff are featured in the 2017-2020 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars. More information at

OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers of outdoor electrical equipment, small motors, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, golf cars and their suppliers.

About the Kentucky Humane SocietyLouisville-based Kentucky Humane Society is the state’s largest pet adoption and oldest animal welfare agency, established in 1884. Each year, KHS finds loving homes for over 5,500 dogs, cats and horses. KHS is also a leader in helping to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters in the first place, offering a free pet helpline, low cost spay / neuter services, classes. dog training and education. Learn more about

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