It may have crossed your mind...what is this Pet Expo all about (besides just being cool)? I'm glad you asked!
This all started as a way to raise money for the Eagle's Healing Nest's new Dog House.
If you don't know, the Eagle's Healing Nest is a non-profit campus where Veterans can visit or stay to heal from invisible wounds of war. They believe that by embracing our veterans, service members and their families, we can help them reintegrate back into the civilian world and their families. The Pet Expo will be on the grounds of the Nest, and you can take a tour during the event!
The Dog House is a building they're renovating on campus (you can tour it at the Pet Expo!) that will become the home of the Nest's service-dogs-in-training and their handlers. The building is bare bones, and needs everything from flooring to curtains, to walls in some parts, and everything in between. When it's complete, 12 Veterans and the service dogs they're training for themselves or for other Veterans in need will reside there.
The Nest has been working with Off Leash K9 Training, Central MN's owner, Cassie, for nearly a year on obedience training for the dogs on campus. They've also been working with Patriot Assistance Dogs to build on the obedience foundation and advance into service dog training.
Service dogs from Patriot Assistance Dog can help Veterans by:
All of this is at NO COST to the Veterans.
So you can see why this is such an important program! And it isn't just dogs that help the Veterans at the Nest. You'll see the variety of animals - calves, chickens, sheep, horses, and even a few cats that live there, helping with the healing process.
This base idea has since morphed into the event we're advertising today - 35+ vendors and activity booths, demonstrations, games and animals rolled into a great day of family fun! Join us! June 4th, 10 am to 4 pm.