St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the Huntington Green invites pet owners, animal lovers and furry friends to the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, 25 Church St.

The event, free and open to the public and their pets, will feature individual pet blessings. Rescue groups are welcome to participate as well.

Complimentary treats will be provided for all dogs and cats.

Ceremony honors St. Francis

The Blessing of Animals originated in the 13th century in remembrance of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who believed that all animals should be treated with dignity and respect.

Similar ceremonies are held across the country each October. All participants will receive a St. Francis bookmark and an article about the life of St. Francis.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church is the oldest church building and the second oldest religious community in Shelton. First built in 1740, St. Paul’s is an active parish that sponsors several local outreach ministries and provide pastoral ministries for children, teens, young adults, and senior citizens. Visit to learn more.