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Blessing of the Pets
October 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Baltimore Humane Society will host its first Blessing of the Pets event on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the BHS Memorial Park, located at 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown.
The event commemorates the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Traditionally, Catholic and Anglican churches hold blessing events for household pets on his feast day each October.
Father Patrick M. Carrion, from Saint Bernadette Parish, will be at the Memorial Park to perform an in-person pet blessing for all household pets. The public is invited to attend with their pets. Father Patrick will also be blessing the ashes of pets who have passed for families who wish to bring them.
- The event will be in-person with all responsible social distancing guidelines observed; face coverings will be required. All pets are welcome but small pets, cats and any pet who might become overwhelmed must be in a comfortable and secure pet carrier.
- Parking will be provided in our administrative parking lot and along the driveway bordering the Memorial Park.
- Pet blessings will take place at the entrance to the memorial park. There will be signs in place directing those taking part in the event. Some chairs will be provided for those who are in line.
- The event is free. Donations will be accepted.
RSVPs are not required but are requested. Email questions and RSVP to email@example.com.
Father Carrion has served in the priesthood since 1982. He is a Baltimore native and a graduate of the University of Maryland and St. Mary’s Seminary and University.
Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park was established more than 80 years ago and is the final resting place for thousands of local and beloved pets. The memorial park is a certified wildlife habitat.
IN-PERSON WISHING TREE
Attendees will be invited to participate in our Wishing Tree display, traditional in many cultures. Participants can take strips of repurposed fabric and write blessings and wishes for their pets, current and past, on the fabric and then tie each piece to the tree creating a colorful and lasting tribute in our Memorial Park.