To celebrate World Animal Day on Tuesday, all pets are welcome to be blessed outdoors at three locations this week. This date was chosen because it commemorates the life of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, and although Francis is a Roman Catholic saint, many denominations bless animals in his honor. One by one animal lovers bring their pets up for this special blessing.
All animals or pictures of pets and their animal companions are invited. No reservations are needed, and the blessings take place rain or shine. All pets must be caged or leashed.
WHEN | WHERE 3-4 p.m. today, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 11 Ogden Ct. (off East 17th Street), Huntington Station
INFO 631-423-1013, stpetersli.org
WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. today, the back parking lot of The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh
INFO 516-221-2505, thechurchofstjude.org
ADMISSION Free, pet food donations accepted
WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. Tuesday, The Rock at Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, 258 Eastport Manor Rd., Manorville
INFO 631-325-0661, ourladyoftheisland.org
— Gina Tabarus