PNC Community Mutt Strut Benefits Medical Service Dogs
Hundreds of humans and dogs descended on Frick Park Saturday, September 14 for the fourth annual PNC Community Mutt Strut hosted in Pittsburgh to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc., an organization that trains medical service dogs to help veterans and people who suffer from PTSD, seizures and other medical issues.
This family friendly and dog-friendly walk and festival hosted by PNC Bank offered attendees the opportunity to peruse a variety of vendors, sample local food and enter participating dogs in a costume contest.
Every day, an average of 22 veterans die by suicide due to the lasting impact of having served in combat. Many more attempt to take their own life for the same reason. Training one medical service dog costs approximately $22,000 and takes about two years.
This year, in addition to its events in Pittsburgh and Erie, PNC Bank is hosting its first Mutt Strut event in Dayton, Ohio.