19th Annual Blessing of the Animals
Join us as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi which honors the special role animals play in peoples' lives. Conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, a procession of animals, from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, are welcome. Father Gary Jackson of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Cocoa Village, will officiate this special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals in Historic Cocoa Village.
Pet photos with Fr. Jackson will be taken immediately following the group blessings ($5 donation). All donations will benefit the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, Palm Shores, Florida, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Florida's wildlife in need. Since 1973, Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary has rescued, rehabilitated, and released thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned animals in Brevard County. Special ambassadors from the Florida Wildlife Hospital will be in attendance for a unique meet-and-greet. These animals are permanent residents of the hospital that could not be released into the wild.
The Brevard Kennel Club will also be in attendance with members and their beautiful dogs who will provide a Meet the Breeds presentation. A number of non-profit animal rescue organizations have been invited to showcase adoptable dogs and answer questions about their organizations.
All pets are welcome on a leash or in appropriate carriers.