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Animal Blessing and Thanksgiving Service for pets.


Celebrating upcoming World Animal Day, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

Will be held at:

St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Mortimer Road,

Kensal Green, London NW10 5SN

(Two minutes walk from Kensal Green station and the No. 18 bus route)


Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 2pm


Now in its 16th. year, the service provides an opportunity for pet owners of whatever denomination from across London to come together and celebrate the special relationship we have with the animals who share our lives.

All well behaved creatures great and small are welcome but if your pet is nervous or you wish to remember a much-loved pet who has passed away, you may bring a photo instead to be displayed and blessed during the service.

If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to send us the name and some details of your pet for inclusion in the service.

You are invited to stay for refreshments after the service.

For further details of the service, please email: animalblessing@hotmail.co.uk or telephone: 07958-950137

  “Not to hurt our humble brethern is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them wherever they require it.”

St.Francis of Assisi, 1181 – 1226


Last year's service.

Last year’s service.

HULA St. Francis Blessing – report.


12th October 2014: Sunday afternoon at HULA saw some very happy dogs with their very happy owners parade around a paddock to attend the St Francis Blessing.  This annual even at HULA was, this year, held in partnership with the campaign raised by The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home  “Staffies are softer than you think’

All the dogs in this parade were Staffies that have been successfully rehomed including some from the Safe and Sound Pound Dogs rescue who were mentioned in an earlier article on our website.  It was heart warming and a joy to see so many dogs now have their forever homes.  The campaign ‘Staffies are softer than you think’  hopes to raise public awareness of the plight of so many Staffies who now find themselves in rescues and the pounds. Two Staffies also present were a Pat Therapy dog and a Medical Detection Dog.

As the St Francis Blessing event took place all the dogs were quiet and the prayer of St Francis was spoken by a volunteer from HULA.

‘We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect. May the order You originally established be once again restored to the whole world through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary and the prayers of St Francis and the merits of your son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, now and forever. Amen’

Thanks go to the staff and volunteers of HULA for making this afternoon a memorable one……and special thanks to the Staffies for the noble fellow creatures they are.

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Report by Joan How. All photographs by Joan How.

Link: HULA