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Annual El Pueblo Blessing of the Animals

Published on: April 14, 2019

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Some love dogs but hate alligators such as Reggie, who was set loose in a Los Angeles Park several years back, creating a media sensation. Others are cat fans, but can’t stand mountain lions roaming in their yards and neighborhoods. This happens all too frequently in cities such as Los Angeles which straddles the Santa Monica mountains in some areas.

At the annual Blessing of the Animals in Los Angeles on April 20, 2019, you’ll probably not see a mountain lion, though there have been some unusual pets showing up with their owners to be blessed. According to Archbishop Gomez of the nation’s largest Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles, Easter is a blessed time. It’s a time in which he officiates the Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street if his schedule permits.

Animals blessed at the annual ceremony have included chickens, cows, iguanas, alligators, dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, snakes, rats… and on goes the list. (About 8.7 million, give or take 1.3 million, is the estimated total number of species on Earth.)

On the same day as El Pueblo blessing, Wild Fest, a new event in San Pedro region of Los Angeles, also holds a Blessing of the Animals, plus a Pet Parade inĀ  Friendship Park & Nature Center, 1805 W. 9th Street.

The City of Los Angeles aims to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people through various services provided by the Animal Services Department. Several years ago a goal was set to become a no-kill city for stray animals such as dogs and cats. That goal has yet to be met, but the number of euthanized animals is going down significantly each year. Among the recommendations to help these animals:

License your dogs and your horses
Vaccinate your pet
Spay and neuter pets
Volunteer & donate
Adopt a pet

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