Student Veterans Association hosts third annual Pets for Vets event on campus

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 7:09 PM
Student Veterans Association hosts third annual Pets for Vets event on campus by Macala Leigey
Photo: Steven Tagliente

Edinboro University’s Student Veterans Association hosted the third annual Pets for Vets on Friday, as part of the university’s Veterans Day events.

The event was free to students, faculty and community members, and provided all who attended the opportunity to donate to local animal shelters, or adopt a pet from a shelter.

Attendees also had the chance to play with shelter dogs and bunnies in the gymnasium of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, while also talking to local shelter owners and volunteers.

Pets for Vets works to rescue, train, and pair shelter pets with veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Locally, the A.N.N.A Shelter in Erie, Blended Spirits Ranch, Because You Care Inc., Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary and Adoption Center, and the Erie Humane Society, have all participated in the Pets for Vets event throughout its three year run.

In addition to the Pets for Vets event, Edinboro University also held a 21-gun salute and flag-folding ceremony on the front lawn of Reeder Hall Friday morning in observance of Veterans Day.

After the salute, Edinboro University President Dr. H. Fred Walker and Lt. Col. Marc Beckage, professor of military science, spoke on the importance of Veterans Day.

Video footage from the 21-gun salute and flag-folding ceremony can be found at edinboronow.com. 

Macala Leigey is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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