Animal Friends will honor St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, with a traditional Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at noon.
The blessing is free, and all pet owners are welcome to bring their pets for this special celebration.
Individual blessings of owned pets and a special blessing of shelter dogs and cats will be offered. St. Francis of Assisi medals will be available for purchase.
Baked goods and refreshments will also be available. Those attending may also bring photos of the pet(s) they have loved and lost for a special memorial blessing. They may also dedicate their pet's photo in Animal Friends Memorial Garden.
All dogs must be on leashes and all cats and exotic animals must be in carriers. No retractable leashes. The event will take place rain or shine.
The Blessing of the Animals will take place at Animal Friends' facility, the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center, located just .5 miles from the Camp Horne Road exit 8 off of I-279. For more information, contact Animal Friends at 412-847-7035 or visit www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.