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FORT WORTH, Texas – On Oct. 1, the LENA POPE organization will host a Blessing of the Animals. The annual event is in accordance with Saint Francis of Assisi’s feast day and will be free and open to the public. The event starts at 2 p.m. at 3200 Sanguinet St. in Fort Worth. Animals of all kinds, including photographs of deceased pets, are welcome to join the celebration for a brief communal blessing in the courtyard.
Local adoption centers will be in attendance providing animals for adoption, attendees are encouraged to bring pet food for donation. Low cost vaccinations, goody bags, a pet portrait station, and crafts for kids will be provided. Animal welfare and rescue groups will offer informational sessions to parents interested in learning about the emotional benefit of having a pet, developmental guidelines and tips on age appropriateness of introducing pets.
Owners are asked to keep dogs on leashes and cats or any exotic pets in appropriate carriers that are secured. No animals will be admitted into the chapel.
Saint Francis of Assisi is remembered for his love of all God’s creatures. The blessing on the animals acknowledges the significant place that pets hold in people’s hearts.
LENA POPE is a nonprofit community-based, family-centered, organization that provides a wide variety of programs, including …show more content…

Mental health, family support services and substance abuse treatments are available in Fort Worth in school, home or office settings. LENA POPE was named Best Place to Work (Nonprofit) in 2016 by the Fort Worth Business Press and The Texas Rising Star recognized the Early Learning Center to be nationally accredited. The IRS identifies it as a 501c3, nonprofit, public charity organization. LENA POPE is located at 3200 Sanguinet St., Fort Worth 76107. Please visit for more

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