• Family Pet Fair and Blessing of the Pets

    By: Karlyn McKell


    The annual Blessing of the Pets is this Saturday. Families and their furry friends are invited for a day of fun and games at Fletcher Park. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh will be a judge in the pet costume contest; there will also be a “laundromutt” charity dog wash, free doggie nail trims, “ask the trainer” table with a certified dog trainer, massages for people and pets, food, adoptions and more.

    For a complete list of events, click here.

    The event is hosted every fall in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis. Proceeds raised from the event will go to local nonprofit St. Philip Neri Animal Ministry to help family pets in need of medical care.

     “The ministry started as a way to provide comfort and pastoral support to pet owners that were struggling with the death or end of life decisions for their beloved pets.  Eventually the Ministry’s mission grew to include providing food, resources, and support to God’s creatures and the individuals that love and care for them,” said founder Becky Hamilton.  “Today, the Ministry’s mission has further expanded to support programs that benefit shelter animals while still continuing to provide support to pets and their parents.”

    Volunteers are needed! Click here if you are interested in volunteering.

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