Long Beach, CA, October 02, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- C.A.T. invites public to Free 12th-annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals this Sat., Oct. 5, 6 p.m., 1 Granada Ave.
Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) invites the public to bring their pets to the 12th-annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals this Sat., Oct. 5, 6 p.m., during sunset on the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach.
The free event expects 200-300 animals, mostly dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and reptiles. They must be leashed or in cages. Special guests will include horses, ponies, mini horse, llama, alpaca, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and pigs.
There will be 6-7 various faith leaders and the procession of clergy and farm animals will begin just after 6 p.m., and that will be followed by the blessing ceremony. The entire event will be done in less than an hour.
At the beginning of the blessing ceremony, each faith leader will say 1-2 minutes introducing themselves and recognizing the importance of animals and our connections with them in our lives. This year Dr. Angela Butts Chester is a part of the celebration. "I'm excited about joining this great team of clergy to bless the animals. I participated in 2010 and it was wonderful," said Rev. Dr. Chester. "Justin Rudd is a wonderful addition to the city of Long Beach and I'm happy to join in the sunset celebration."
Each person who brings their animal will have the opportunity to spend a moment with each faith leader to get a short prayer and/or word of encouragement.
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.
In Remebrance: The event welcomes participants to bring collars, photos, and/or ashes of deceased pets to get blessed on Sat. And, collars/photos of sickly or immobile pets are very welcome.
Beachfront parking meters are a quarter/15 minutes until 6 p.m. and Free after that.