Vets for Pets returns

It rained on Saturday, but the American Legion Post #116 and the VFW Post #10069 were determined the show would go on. 


Hurricane Michael and COVID-19 had stymied Vets for Pets for years. This year, event organizers were not going to tuck their tails.


After moving the annual Vets for Pets event indoors, volunteers and guest enjoyed live music, belly rubs and spirited festivities. Excited to be able to gather, many sported T-shirts printed with the event’s logo. 


“We are pleased to bring Vets for Pets back to the community by offering a family friendly event in an outdoor setting,” said Wanda Wawruck, vice-commander of the American Legion Post 116. 


Wawruck said that approximately nine years ago, Doug and Nancy Calendine, representing Post 116, began a German Night to benefit the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. Throughout the years this grew to “Vets for Pets,” by adding the VFW Post and Auxiliary 10069 as hosts. 


Guests enjoyed a costume parade, a silent raffle, a bake sale and many other activities on Saturday, with proceeds going to benefit both the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and Pets for Patriots, an organization pairing sheltered animals with veterans in need. 


Along with monetary donations, guests were encouraged to bring much-needed pet supplies to be given to the shelter, including pet food and cat litter. 


Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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