Old Town’s Blessing of the Animals Jan. 20

January 11, 2013

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting the 4th annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Jan.20, 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.

Chopper the Biker Dog gets blessed at last year's Blessing of the Animals event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Chopper the Biker Dog gets blessed at last year’s Blessing of the Animals event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

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 will educate the public about rescuing, rehabilitating and supporting wild and domesticated animals.

There will also be animals available for adoption, animal-themed entertainment and a special appearance by Chopper the Biker Dog. Chopper is a one-year-old Boston terrier who is known all around the county for riding his own Harley Davidson motorcycle and his distinctive biker goggles.

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. For more information, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/fiestadereyes or call 619-297-3100.

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