Blessing of the Animals Jan. 15

January 5, 2012

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting the third annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Jan. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. The blessing is led by Monsignor Mark Campbell, but all faiths and convictions are welcome to celebrate the animals that make our lives so special. The blessings will take place between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

There will be a pet expo with treats for pets and owners as well as activities for kids. Sky Hunters will be bringing exotic birds to the event and various rescue groups such as Emergency Animal Rescue and Wee Companions will educate the public about rescuing, rehabilitating and supporting wild and domesticated animals.


Monsignor Mark Campbell blesses Chopper the Biker Dog at last years Blessing of the Animals celebration in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

There will also be animals available for adoption and 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 event features animal-themed entertainment such as pet psychic readings by Sindi Somers from Wild and Tame.  Other groups participating include Love My Pet, Santee Bunny Shelter, and Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego.


Historically, 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. Activities for both animals and families make this celebration both unique and very moving to all who participate.

Admission to this event is free. This event is sponsored by j.simms agency, Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. For more information, visit: or call event producers, j.simms agency at 858-689-9909.


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