Missouri Pet Breeders hosts events at CCC

MPBA trade show

LDR file photo/Kelly Morgan
Serenity Carranza, 2, of Stockton, pets the dachshund, Ranger, during the 2015 Missouri Pet Breeders Trade Show.


This week, the Missouri Pet Breeders Association will be holding two educational events, one of which will be a salute to service animals.
The MPBA will be holding its annual Spring Educational Conference and Trade Show 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Cowan Civic Center. For the first time, the event will be preceded by a Salute to American Service Animals, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Civic Center theatre.
According to MPBA Vice President Kevin Beauchamp, the purpose of the event is to educate the public, to show what pet breeders are doing for veterans and to draw attention to the suicide rate among veterans.
The groups Woof for Vets, Heroes Reign and Heartland Canines for Veterans will each give a presentation about their work at the event. The salute will also include a performance by the band Special 20.
The event is free to the public, and people are encouraged to come and see the salute.
“Anybody that’s been in the service, or anybody that knows anybody in the service, or if you’ve not been in the service, come out and see what it’s about with (veterans) and what they’re going through,” Beauchamp said.
The trade show itself will have more than 100 vendor booths promoting everything from veterinarian supplies to dog food companies to clothing and purses. It will also include 12 educational speakers.
“Mainly, it’s just education (for) people to come out to learn — learn what the breeders are doing, that we’re not the horrible people they get told about,” Beauchamp said.


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