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1. Eligibility

Mutt Strut Howl-o-Ween Pet Online Contest (the "Contest") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, or under eighteen years old with parent/guardian permission. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

2. Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc., a registered 501c3 with mailing address at PO Box 174, Georgetown, Connecticut 06829. 

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein. 

4. Contest Period

The Contest officially begins on October 01, 2022 at 12:01 AM EST and ends on October 20, 2022 at 12:01 AM EST (the "Contest Period"). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following methods: online.

5. How to Enter

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website ( and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit. 

Limit one (1) entry per pet for the duration of the Contest Period. Entries received from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. 

6. Prize Winners

On or about October 22, 2022, the Sponsor will select winners. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone or email on or about October 24, 2022. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within ten (10) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries. 

7. Winner Notification

The potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest. All winners will be awarded gift baskets and trophies of various value and size at an event organized for this purpose on a date and location TBD in early November.

8. Prizes

Online categories for winners are Top Dog (most money raised), Most Fans, Best Video, Best Image. For each location (Ridgefield, Wilton, and Redding), day-of-event winners include Cutest, Best Costume, and Biggest Personality. 

9. General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney's fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. 

10. Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney's fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. 

11. Photo Release

Entrants grant Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc. permission to use my likeness in a photograph in any and all of its publications, including but not limited to all of Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc.'s printed and digital publications. Entrant understands and agree that any photograph using their likeness will become property of Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc. and will not be returned.

Entrant acknowledges that participation with Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc. is voluntary and receive no financial compensation.

Entrant irrevocably authorizes Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc. to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish or distribute photo/s for purposes of publicizing Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Inc.'s programs or for any other related, lawful purpose. In addition, Entrant waives the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, entrant waives any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph.

12. Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Connecticut. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Connecticut, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Connecticut. 

13. Privacy

Information collected from entrants is used for internal use only by The Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Inc.



We are featuring all things Howl-O-Ween!

Create your online page and upload your pet's best shots!


Read below how to navigate through our fundraising platform.

Follow us on social media to stay tuned for our updates!

Spooky, funny, scary, or cute, we want to see it all! Get creative, tell your friends and have fun!


Thank you for the time and effort you are giving to help us build more Trail!

We suggest reading through these instructions in their entirety first to better navigate the creation, customization, and management of your pet’s page.


To start the virtual fundraising, you need to create a Mutt Strut account within your NRVT account. You can do this through the following ways:

Create an Account Using Facebook

Whether you have interacted with us before or not, you can use your existing Facebook account to sign in. 1) Click the SIGN IN with FACEBOOK button. 2) A pop-up window will appear. Ensure that your web browser is not blocking pop-ups on this page. 3) Enter your Facebook username and password. Click LOG IN. 4) Click OK on the next page. 5) Once you have logged in, you will be taken to the NRVT Constituent Login Portal homepage. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so you can easily find your fundraising page later.

Create an Account Using Twitter

You can use your existing Twitter account to sign in. 1) Click the SIGN IN with TWITTER button. 2) Enter your Twitter username and password and click SIGN IN. 3) Once you have logged in, you will be taken to the NRVT Constituent Login Portal homepage. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so you can easily find your fundraising page later.

Create a New Account

If you do not have an existing account and prefer not to use Facebook or Twitter, you need to first have an NRVT account. To create a new account, either click the BECOME A FUNDRAISER“ or the “MyMUTTSTRUT buttons at the top of this page then choose “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT when prompted. 1) Fill in the necessary information and submit. 2) You will see a message saying “Thank you for submitting your information!” confirming your submission. 3) CHECK YOUR EMAIL INBOX where you will receive an email from the NRVT with a link prompting you to choose your login name and password. 4) CLICK THAT LINK to be taken to a page where you can establish a Login Name and Password. 5) After you have created your Login credentials, GO BACK TO YOUR EMAIL to find the “MUTT STRUT SOCIAL FUNDRAISING” link that has been sent to you by NRVT. 6) Login to start setting up your Mutt Strut Fundraising page. 7) Once you have logged in, you will be taken to the NRVT Constituent Login Portal homepage. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so you can easily find your fundraising page later.

Login Using an Existing Account

If you have interacted with us before (donated, subscribed, or volunteered) you may already have an account.  Click GET HELP on the login page or HERE for assistance in recovering your account information and begin setting up your Mutt Strut Fundraising Page.


Customizing your Mutt Strut page requires some initial time. We suggest reading through the details below and, depending on your familiarity with Microsoft Word, allowing 10-30 minutes to get your page up and running. You can easily go back at any time to add pictures, text, and video. Once you have logged in through the Mutt Strut social fundraising link given to you by NRVT, you will be taken to your Mutt Strut Fundraising Management page.

Your Page Content Features
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Instructions for Media Uploading


You can simply add your photos using the IMAGE icon on the Page Content Editor tool bar.

1) Click the IMAGE icon on the Tool Bar.

2) Select the UPLOAD tab on the Image Properties pop-up window.

3) Hit CHOOSE FILE to browse your computer. Select the photo you want to upload. Click the OPEN button.

4) Back on the Image Properties pop-up window, click the SEND IT TO SERVER button.

5) Hit the OK button to close the pop-up window, and return to the content editor – where your photo will be now displayed.

6) Repeat these steps to add more photos.


  • You can return to the Image Properties pop-up window by double-clicking on the photos.

  • To have your photos scale up to the width of the layout, go into the Image Properties pop-up window. Under the IMAGE INFO tab, set the WIDTH to 100%, and hit OK.


If you are tech savvy and want to get create, try using the SOURCE button in the editor's tool bar.

After uploading your photos through the steps above, try (copy, paste and edit) the suggested code below to adjust your photos on your page.

<div align="center">

<p><span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS,cursive;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 100%;" width="100%" /></span></p>



You can embed YouTube videos in your Fundraiser Page.


1) Get the shareable link from your YouTube video.

2) On the Page Content Editor, click the SOURCE button.


3) Copy, paste and edit the suggested code below with your embed video's URL code.

<div align="center"><span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS,cursive;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=";autoplay=1" style="width: 100%; height: 60vh"></iframe></span></div>

4) Repeat these steps to add more videos.


Once on the Mutt Strut fundraising management page, look for the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the screen. This allows you to navigate to other pages provided by the organization. You will likely not need these buttons except for the PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING button to initially set up your page. The VIEW MY FUNDRAISING PAGE button in the upper-left corner of the screen opens your live fundraising page in a new browser tab. You can click this any time to see what your fundraising page looks like. The charts on this page show your fundraising page’s progress toward your fundraising goal, as well as the overall progress towards the campaign’s goal. It also shows you a list of top fundraising pages for the Mutt Strut’s Top Dog and other categories. You can use the navigation bar below the charts to navigate through the features provided to help your fundraising efforts.

    PAGE CONTENT – Edit the text and images that appear on your fundraising page. SHARE MY PAGE – This helps you get the word out to your friends about your fundraising page through social media. DONATIONS – This is a list of all of the donations that you have received. EVENT REGISTRATIONS – This is a list of all the people who have signed up for an in-person event on October 22nd and credited you for their sign-up. COMMENTS– When your donors make a donation, they can leave a comment. Use this page to hide any comments that you don’t want displayed on your page. TEAM – If teams are enabled for this campaign, you can choose to join a team or create your own in this tab.
The BACK TO FUNDRAISING PAGE LIST button immediately above the charts will take you back to the Mutt Strut Social Fundraising Overview. If you have more than one fundraising page, they will be listed. You can create more than one fundraising page from your Mutt Strut Fundraising Page by clicking the CREATE A PAGE button under DONATE. Clicking the MANAGE PAGE link takes you back to your Fundraising Management page. If you click DEACTIVATE, your Fundraising Page will no longer be visible to the public. Nobody will be able to access your page or make donations. Don’t worry if you’ve done that in error, your data will be recoverable, and you can easily re-activate the page from this screen.

It’s a good idea to specify your Mutt Strut fundraising goal and challenge friends and family to help you meet that goal.


This goal will show up on your fundraising page and a progress bar will show you your progress.

UPLOAD THE MAIN PHOTO OF YOUR PET. This will appear on both your Mutt Strut fundraising page and the Mutt Strut fundraiser ‘All Fundraisers’ listing page.

Here you can customize the FUNDRAISING TITLE of your page and your FUNDRAISING PAGE URL.


Adding personal content is a great way to tell your supporters about your Mutt Strut fundraising efforts and showcase your pet. 


USE THE CONTENT EDITOR, which works similarly to Microsoft Word, to add text, insert images, and even embed videos to your Mutt Strut fundraising page. 


Be sure to click SAVE to save your changes.




EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Before October 1st: $20

We are featuring all things Howl-O-Ween! Spooky, funny, scary, or cute, we want to see it all!

Bring your best friend to strut in-person on October 22nd from 3PM-5PM to one of our three NRVT locations: Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield.

Follow us on social media to stay tuned for our updates! It will be a great family fun! See you there!

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Good Luck!

Questions or comments, please reach out to Andrea Gartner, our Executive Director at:
(203) 470-8005 or

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