St. Francis Church, Porter County Animal Shelter, Best Buddies Pet Pantry, Lakeshore
Paws, and American Greyhound Rescue link for Blessing of the Pets.
Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of
the Pets Saturday October 3rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the church grounds at 237 E.
Porter Ave., Chesterton (one mile east of Hwy 49). The event is open to all in the community
who want to bring their pet to be blessed by Fr. David Pearson and presented with a St.
Francis medallion. The pets should be appropriately leashed or confined.
The Porter County Animal Shelter (with a "No Kill" policy) will also be participating this year,
bringing pets that are available for adoption. Donations to the shelter of canned
dog/cat/puppy/kitten food will be accepted See their web site for additional items
Participating again this year will be Best Buddies Pet Pantry. Best Buddies provides
nourishment to the pets of individuals that are receiving state or federal assistance with the
aim of keeping pets in the homes of their owners and not surrendering them to the shelter or
abandoning them into the streets. They will be accepting donations to help keep the pantry
filled during upcoming winter months. Their web site is http://www.bestbuddiespetpantry.org
Lakeshore Paws, a volunteer run nonprofit animal rescue, in Valparaiso, will have animals
for adoption. Their website is http://www.lakeshorepaws.org
The American Greyhound Rescue is a not for profit corporation dedicated to finding homes
for unwanted greyhounds, and will have greyhounds available for adoption. Their website is
St. Francis' would like to thank Pet Supplies Plus, Valparaiso, for their generous donation.
Refreshments will be served for dogs, cats and their human companions.
The Blessing event is held each year around the October 4th Fest day of St. Francis of
Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of animals who was known for his love of all animals.
The church can be contacted at (219) 926-3497 or http://www.stfrancischesterton.org