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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.
Please bring your pets.
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