DOG organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.
EDUCATE & INFLUENCE Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.
DEDICATION This Web site is dedicated to my late bulldog Rosie, my current bulldogs Riley and POTUS, and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.
With warm regards,
Community Action Team (C.A.T.) a 501c3 nonprofit & Haute Dogs
Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLAorganization that includes: 4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade 4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
4National Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest 4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need 4Clothing giveaways to the underserved 4Bulldog Beauty Contest 4Long Beach Losers - a 12-week weight-loss contest 42nd Street Walkers 4Long Beach Giving Project 4Chihuahua Beauty Contest
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I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of a community.
THIS IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST INTERFAITH PET BLESSING HELD ANNUALLY on/near ST. FRANCIS DAY WEEKEND.
LONG BEACH | 13TH ANNUAL
Bring your pets: Interfaith Blessing of the Animals for Pets will also feature Farm Animals
< More than 300 animals to be blessed
BRING YOUR PETS!
Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) invites the public to bring their pets to the annual, free interfaith pet blessing at the beach (1 Granada Ave., 90803) at sunset Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Farm animals, including ponies, alpaca, llama, goats, sheep, bunnies, ducks, and horses will be there, too. The event is sponsored by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) and Haute Dogs. Free parking.
DATE: Sun., Oct. 19, 2014
START: 5:45 P.M. (sun sets at 6:14 p.m. this day)
Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their horses, dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.
More than 300 animals are expected to attend (including a battalion of bulldogs) the 13th annual "Interfaith Blessing of the Animals" at sunset on the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore (90803), next to Rosie's Dog Beach. Beachfront parking is free at 1 Granada Ave. in the non-metered spaces.
It's one of the largest blessings of pets in the world. The Blessing in Long Beach is typically held on St. Francis Day weekend, but this year will be two weeks later since organizer Justin Rudd will be on a service trip to Kenya. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. The Blessing is hosted by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which includes Haute Dogs.
The event is always free to the public and their pets. Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.
The procession of the farm animals and clery down the 100’ red carpet starts at 5:30 p.m. and the approx. 30-minute ceremony takes place as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean – quite a picturesque site this time of year. Past clergy have included a variety of faiths, including a Roman Catholic priest from St. Bart’s in Belmont Shore, a representative from the Baha’I Faith, the pastor from Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church in Compton, the pastor from Bixby Knolls Christian Church, a reverend from Centers for Spiritual Living, a pastor from Parkcrest Church, a Jewish educator from Temple Israel, and a reverend from the Universal Life Church.
There will be a moment of blessing, silence and vigil at the beginning of the service for pets who are unfortunately involved with sport dog fighting and other inhumane, unethical treatment.
The religious leaders will talk and pray briefly on the interconnections among all living beings.
After brief words from each of the faith leaders, the menagerie of participants will have the opportunity to line up single-file to be blessed by the faith leaders who will be dressed in traditional garb. Olive branches and holy water will be available. Those with pets can choose to get “blessed” by one or all of the clergy.
The event welcomes participants to bring collars, photos, and/or ashes of deceased pets to get blessed.
And, collars/photos of sickly or immobile pets are very welcome!
The events founder/organizer Justin Rudd says, “It's important to recognize and honor the great bond and relationship between pets and their people.”
OFFICIAL VET ON-SITE
Dr. Greg Perrault will be the official on-site vet during this blessing of the animals. He owns Cats & Dogs Animal
Hospital in Long Beach.
Fr. Michael Reardon
St. Bartholomew Catholic Church
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz Temple Israel
Bishop Chris Carpenter Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection Ryan Grabill
Sound House Church, lead pastor Rev. Ava Park
The Goddess Temple of Orange County, founder and Presiding Priestess Jesse Oakes
Parkcrest Christian Church, family ministries pastor
2013 Faith Leaders
Bishop Chris Carpenter Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection Fr. Tony Graf
Reformed Catholic priest
Pastor, Calvary Church Rev. Dr. Angela Chester
Blessings All Around,
Nondenominational Mike Goldsworthy
Lead Pastor at Parkcrest Christian Church Pastor Samuel Nieva
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church, Compton Kim Masumi
SGI-USA, NichirenBuddhist Rev. Suzanne Shipp
Ordained with the Universal Life Church, Long Beach
2012 Faith Leaders Rev. Msgr. Sean Flanagan St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Belmont Shore Rev. Suzanne Shipp Ordained with the Universal Life Church, Long Beach Pastor Danny Bradfield Bixby Knolls Christian Church, Long Beach Gretchen Krutz
Baha'i Faith Community Long Beach, former pres. of South Coast Interfaith Council Pastor Samuel Nieva
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church, Compton Rev. Lorie Adams
Centers for Spiritual Living Pastor David Miller
Student Ministries Pastor;
Parkcrest Church, Long Beach
Jewish Educator, Temple Israel