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Veterinary College Offers Pet Memorial Day and PAWt-luck Dinner



(Knoxville, TN.  July 24, 2013) --  In an effort to help pet owners celebrate the lives of their companion animals, both living and dead, Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is offering its seventh annual Pet Memorial Day, Sunday, September 8, 2013. The event, which is free and open to the public, allows people to reflect on the impact pets have on their lives. The national Pet Memorial Day is held each year on the second Sunday in September.  

Sarina Lyall, VSW social worker, says the opportunity to gather with others who have also experienced the loss of an animal can be therapeutic. People should realize they dont have to grieve alone. They can share stories of beloved animals and know they are supported through their loss. Lyall says the event is an opportunity to find new ways to memorialize their pets.

Participants are invited to take part in a special memorial art project (see example above) which will be displayed at the veterinary college. Attendees are welcome to bring stories, poems, and copies of pictures to share in remembrance of their pets. As part of a PAWt-luck dinner, participants are invited to bring a human-friendly food item to share that reminds them of their animal. 

The event will be held at Hollingsworth Auditorium on the UT agricultural campus from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Call 865-755-8839 or email for more information. To ensure enough art supplies are available, please R.S.V.P. by Thursday, September 5.



Posted: 07-24-13 Viewed: 27672 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

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