They gathered; all ages and all species. Pets, pictures of pets and dear stuffed animals were brought all to be blessed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. last weekend.

The service draws from the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi. The church encourages participants to take a moment to grieve the animals that have died, share the gratitude for the animals that make lives better and commit to treating animals like partners not things.

Attendees donated items such as Kong toys, Cat toys, Ceramic food bowls to support the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter.