Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dogs, Goat Line Up for Sunday's Blessing of the Animals

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dogs, Goat Line Up for Sunday's Blessing of the Animals

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Animal owners gathered in the Gage Park Big Shelter House on Sunday afternoon in order to get their pets blessed by clergy members.

This is the 32nd year for Blessing of the Animals, which usually garners around 150 people in attendance, according to organizer Jean Barton.

"This is nondenominational," Barton said. "We have various churches come in. Each pet, no matter what it is, can go outside and get a St. Francis of Assisi medal."

This year, 199 people brought their animals to be blessed. Most of the pet owners brought dogs, but a hamster, goat and monkey also were in attendance.

"It's just a connection people have with their pets," Barton said when asked why people decide to bless their pets.

Blessing of the Animals is an event that follows World Animal Day, which happens on Oct. 4. That date is also the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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