The 2021 Community Mutt Strut is sponsored by PNC to support our military veterans. The event will be held virtually this year, September 8 through 11, and the proceeds will continue to support Guardian Angels so our veterans can receive these life-saving dogs at no expense. The fact remains that a vast majority of those in need are unable to afford the $25,000 cost for one of these highly trained service dogs. In our communities, we know the need is greater than ever, with hundreds of veterans currently on the waiting list to be paired with a dog. Due to coronavirus travel and safety restrictions that have been put in place this year, the pairing has slowed significantly, resulting in a backlog of dogs at the Guardian Angels training facility in Florida. Each of those dogs corresponds with a veteran who is eager to begin a new life.