PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Friends of Sleepy Hollow, or FOSH, will hold its 18th Annual Celebration of Animals event Leland Avenue Park at Cook School in Plainfield.

Join them on Sunday, Oct. 1st, starting at 1:30 pm,  with blessings starting at 2:00 pm. 

“Anatole France’s quote ‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened,’ says it best,” said Maryellen Chanda, Animal Initiative Celebration event chairwoman. Held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, representatives of local religious and spiritual traditions will offer blessings for all animals. In addition, the Union County Mounted Police will bring three horses to participate in the blessing. “All are welcome to bring their pets to receive a blessing,” said Ms. Chanda.

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Please note that all dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and all cats/smaller animals must be in a carrier for the duration of the event.  For animals not comfortable in such an environment, please feel free to bring a favorite toy or photo as a representation.  

Water will be available for the animals and light refreshments will be available for their humans.  

FOSH adds that while this is a free event, donations will be gratefully accepted and used to support various animal initiatives throughout Plainfield and the surrounding communities.  

For any questions, please call (908) 256-3858, or visit