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CU to host second annual Paws on the Quad event



Cumberland University will play host to a few furry friends as it holds its second annual Paws on the Quad benefit event on Saturday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the University’s campus quad.

A partnership between Cumberland University’s Student Programming Board and New Leash on Life, the free, public event will feature music, games, snacks, and door prizes for local pet owners and their pets.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy free treats and an on-site water station. The event will also feature cornhole and other games for prizes. Lunch will be provided on-campus free for CU students and for a small fee to community members. Visitors will also be able to enter prize drawings for $1 a ticket.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Lebanon chapter of New Leash on Life, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.

According to Amber Gray, advisor to Cumberland’s Student Programming Board, Paws on the Quad will be a great opportunity for local pet owners to mingle while supporting a great cause.

“It’s a fun afternoon to spend with the animals that we love,” said Gray. “The event is an opportunity for people to interact on campus with their pets, and it will also support New Leash on Life and raise awareness of pet issues in our community.”

Local animal shelters including New Leash on Life will attend, displaying adoptable pets that visitors can walk and play with. New Leash on Life will also operate a booth at the event, highlighting pet welfare information and volunteer opportunities.

Booth space, including provided chairs and tables, will be available for local businesses or individuals at the event. Organizers are also seeking sponsorships and donations from the community, including small gift items for door prizes.

Gray hopes that the event will unite Cumberland students, staff, and faculty with local community members in a shared celebration of pets and the joy they bring into our daily lives.

“Paws on the Quad will highlight our shared love for the animals we call our best friends, our pets,” said Gray. “Students who don’t have a chance to interact with pets on a daily basis will get a chance to, and local pet owners will get a chance to meet those students and other animal lovers.”

Paws on the Quad is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, including booth rates and reservations, contact Cumberland University Student Programming Board Advisor Amber Gray at (865) 898-1488 or