–Adoptable Animals and A Special Appearance By Chopper the Biker Dog–
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting a free Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday, Jan.16, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The blessing is led by Monsignor Mark Campbell from the historic Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Old Town, but all faiths and convictions are welcome to celebrate the animals that make our lives so special.

There will be a special appearance by Chopper the Biker Dog. Chopper is an one-year-old Boston terrier who is known all around the county for riding his own Harley Davidson motorcycle and his distinctive biker goggles.

The Chula Vista Nature Center will be bringing native animals to the event and the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital and Emergency Animal Rescue will educate the public about rescuing, rehabilitating and supporting wild animals. On hand will be many native animals that are rarely viewed up close that have been rescued but are now unable to return to the wild.

Sky Hunters, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, will also be displaying three live birds: two owls and one falcon.

There will be a talk given by Sindi Somers of A Pet Psychic entitled Animal Communication. She will be offering tips to help enhance people’s communication with their pets and also do a demonstration and answer questions from the crowd. Somers offers a variety of services for animals and people; psychic readings and energy healings for people and pets, animal communication, pet nutrition and behavior consultations, dog training and meditation instruction for people. She is also a published writer and regular contributor to San Diego Pets Magazine.

Also participating in the event is the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego, Shelly’s Shelter, Golden Rose Psychics, Tijuana River Valley Animal Rescue, Parrott Rehabilitation Society and Friends of Cats. There will also be a pet expo with treats for pets and owners as well as games for kids.

This event has been happening for more than 300 years – dating back to the 1700s. In San Diego the annual Benediction of the Beasts celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals, and honors San Diego’s own Father Anthony Ubach.  Because of his hard work, in 1886 a school for Native Americans was established in Old Town.  It was named St. Anthony’s after Father Ubach.  Activities for both animals and families make this celebration both unique and very moving to all who participate.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/fiestadereyes or call Suzanne at j.simms agency, 858-689-9909.

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