Francis Battista, co-founder of the Best Friends Animal Society, stopped by "Fox and Friends Weekend" outside Fox News headquarters in New York City this morning to raise awareness for the 2014 "Strut Your Mutt" event.

The annual dog walk, fun run and festival raises funds to help save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in New York City and around the country.


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Battista, accompanied by several of his adorable four-legged friends from the shelter, explained that more than 9,000 shelter pets are euthanized per day, totaling four million yearly in the U.S. alone.

"There are a lot of animals in need. Really, the public is the solution to the homeless pet problem," Battista said.

"Fostering is great, too. If you can't take a dog in permanently, a temporary foster enables us to get more animals out of the shelter and screen them for new homes."

Watch the feel-good clip from "Fox and Friends Weekend" above and be sure to check out Best Friends Animal Society.


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