What: An annual event where all species of animals are “blessed”
When: During sunset on Sunday, October 6th; ceremonies begin at 5:45 p.m. sharp
The Interfaith Blessing of the Animals is one of Long Beach’s most wholesome events. Hosted by Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) in conjunction with Haute Dogs, the blessing ceremony is well-attended and open to all species of well-behaved animals, from dogs to pigs to horses.
It’s one of the largest animal blessing events in the world; the tradition began nearly 20 years ago. As in past years, over 300 animals are expected to attend.
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The event is totally free and starts with a “procession of farm animals and clery” down a long red carpet. After the half-hour procession, a variety of faith leaders including pastors, priests, rabbis, and reverends will perform a group blessing. From there, pet parents may line up to have their pets individually blessed by their preferred faith leader.
Attendees are also welcomed and encouraged to bring mementos from pets who have passed to be blessed as well.