West Philly pets (and their owners) invited to Blessing of the Animals, ‘Bark in the Park’ events

October 6, 2017

It will be a busy weekend for local pet owners.


Blessing of the Animals at St. Francis de Sales Church (photo by West Philly Local)

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral will hold their annual Blessing of the Animals in Clark Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – noon. The event will include free pet treats, a craft project, and some human snacks too! This fun tradition is connected to the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian monk who’s remembered for his love of nature, care for the poor, and commitment to peace (as well as a sweet tooth!).

St. Francis was a friend to all animals, so communities throughout the world celebrate his life by celebrating the pets in their lives. This is not a church or worship service, but a space to drop by to meet other pet owners in the neighborhood and – if you wish – receive a blessing for your pet. If you have any questions, please contact The Reverend Sarah Hedgis at

Also on Saturday and also in Clark Park, the annual “Bark in the Park” event will be held beginning at 2 p.m.. Friends of Clark Park invite dogs and their owners to take part in more than 25 contests, from the tallest dog to curliest tail to fastest runner, with chances to win doggie goodies. You can also meet the vet, Dr. David Littlejohn. Meet near the Bowl at 43rd and Chester. This is a fun event for dogs and their human friends.

If you want your pet to be blessed but can’t make it to Clark Park this Saturday, there will be another Blessing of the Animals held on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church. The event will take place at St. Francis de Sales Prayer Garden – enter from school yard on Farragut St. and Springfield Ave.

Note: Please keep dogs on the leash at these events.

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