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Bless Some Animals

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Animals deserve blessing too. At least that's how the people at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park feel, and they're proving it by holding an animal blessing event on Sunday, Jan. 16, from noon - 3 p.m. As the La Prensa San Diego reports, many animals that are rarely seen up close will be visible to children and parents alike for the first time. They were rescued but are now unable to return to the wild. The San Diego Humane Society, SPCA, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego, and Shelly’s Shelter and Friends of Cats are involved in the event. The Chula Vista Nature Center brings animals to the event, and the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital educates the public on what it takes to rescue, rehabilitate and support wild animals. The animals will receive their blessings from Monsignor Mark Campbell from the historic Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Old Town. This event has been happening for more than 300 years, dating back to the 1700s. Called the "annual Benediction of the Beasts," this event celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals, and honors San Diego’s own Father Anthony Dominic Ubach. Father Ubach built a school for Native Americans in Old Town in 1886, and is something of a local legend. The event is free, and lots of fun. If you live in the area, check it out.

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