Blessing of the Animals

Pet Blessings Photo Caption: Pet blessings will take place at the entrance to the historical memorial park located at 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown, Maryland. There will be signs. Some chairs will be provided for those who are in line. Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment. It is tradition in the Catholic Church to hold blessings for household pets on his feast day each October. Courtesy Photo/Baltimore Humane Society

​Baltimore— On Sunday, October 3, 2021, the Baltimore Humane Society will host its second-annual Pet Blessing event for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Father Patrick M. Carrion from the Saint Bernadette Parish will be at the Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park to perform in-person pet blessings for all household pets.

The historic pet cemetery is located at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD. The public is invited to attend with their pets. Father Patrick will also be blessing the ashes of pets that have passed for families who wish to bring them. The event will be held in-person and outdoors with all responsible distancing guidelines observed. All pets are welcome but small pets, cats and any pet who might become overwhelmed must be in a comfortable and secure pet carrier.

Parking will be provided in our administrative parking lot and along the driveway bordering the memorial park. Pet blessings will take place at the entrance to the historical memorial park. There will be signs. Some chairs will be provided for those who are in line. Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment. It is tradition in the Catholic Church to hold blessings for household pets on his feast day each October.

The event is free. Donations will be accepted. RSVPs are not required but are requested. All questions and RSVPs can be addressed to [email protected]