Wow! Just 10 days until Nest Pet Expo 2017! Raise your hand if you're excited!! **raises both hands**
There are so many awesome things happening this year at the Expo! The event has grown leaps and bounds since last year, and we're overjoyed to say we've already raised more than $4,000 for the Nest, before the event even starts! How awesome is that!?
The day of Nest Pet Expo 2017, we're flooding the Nest with as many animals as we could find! Quistorff's Little Bita Everything Ranch is coming with their exotic animals (11:00 to 3:00). The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will have a bald eagle and other raptors on site too (11:00 to 3:00)! Pope County Humane Society will be on hand with their amazing volunteers, who are also bringing draft horses!
Ellie's Legacy Pet Rescue is bringing some adoptable animals. MN Dog Guard's Corey Doebber is bringing some of Lacey's Puppies! Central Lakes Search and Rescue teams will be on site to answer questions and provide demonstrations throughout the day (they're soooo cool!). Glacial Ridge Vet's Dr. Danielle will have her dogs out for agility demonstrations, and our Sauk Centre Police Department K9 Unit will be providing demonstrations too! We'll have some surprise animal guests as well!
You might be asking...why animals? The relationships we build with animals can heal parts of us that people just can't. The Veterans at the Nest know this as well as anyone does. Through their partnership with Patriot Assistance Dogs, many Veterans have found or trained their dogs to help manage PTSD and other service-related conditions. Patriot Assistance will be joining us for the event to answer questions and advocate for service dogs! K9s From Carrie is a fellow non-profit dedicated to healing people through relationships with animals - they know the value of a furry companion, and will be answering questions at the event too!
The Nest is also home to their own animals - the barn is full of love, along with service dogs, cats and an eagle or two that nest in the area! The Freedom Dog House is the future home of Veterans that will pay it forward - training service dogs for other Veterans. This event is helping to make that dream a reality.
Making a long story just a little longer... you won't want to miss this! By the way, your friendly (leashed) pets are welcome to the event too! Join us!