Rain didn't dampen the spirits of Mutt Strut

Grace Ruxlow and her sister get up close with Carmella.

The morning rain today didn't dampen the spirits of pet owners and their dogs.

Around 250 people came out to Quincy's South Park for the 19th annual Mutt Strut.

The old saying goes a little rain never hurt anyone.

It may have been wet outside, but these dogs and pet owners spirits were still high.

Scott Marshall and his family came to represent their favorite football team as well as support the humane society.

Along side them, was their dog Ozzie.

"Just to help out with the Quincy Humane Society and I wanted to show him off a little. He took third place in team spirit. We were hoping he'd get a little bit higher, but we couldn't get his pants on this morning, he wouldn't let us. About five years ago, his momma won queen here before, and we wanted to come out and keep the lineage going," Marshall said.

Dogs could be entered into several different contests including MVP and best trick.

Grace Ruxlow and her family brought along their rescue dog from the humane society Carmella to show their support as well.

"The humane society actually found her at a high kill shelter and when we moved here, we went to the humane society and we adopted her. It just feels amazing because we saved her, and she saved us too," Ruxlow said.

Sally Westerhoff, Executive Director with the humane society was glad to see so many people coming together to support the organization.

"I think it speaks volumes that we people who come this event year after year. For us, it's awesome to see the animals that have been adopted from us and how well they're thriving, and even those who didn't come from us, we're happy to see them, and see the support that they give us as well," Westerhoff said.

Marshall thinks supporting the community is top priority.

"If you don't help out your own family, which your community should be, then who else is going to help you?" Marshall said.

The Mutt Strutt is Quincy Humane Society's largest fundraiser of the year.

The organization is a privately funded no-kill facility.