The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) Animal Initiative Committee is holding its 18th annual Celebration of Animals on Sunday October 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Leland Avenue Park, (next to Cook Elementary School, 739 Leland Ave.)  Plainfield, New Jersey.  The event is free of charge and open to everyone, with or without pets, to celebrate the importance of animals in the lives of human beings.   “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. Birds must be caged, cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Pets that are uncomfortable around other animals should be left at home. A photo can be brought to represent them for a blessing. The theme of this year’s blessing will be ‘First Do No Harm’ to raise people’s awareness on how to live in harmony with the animals in our area. Water will be available for the animals and light vegan refreshments provided by Ester’s Treats will be served after the blessing. For more information about the Celebration please call 908.256-3858 or visit www.foshnj.com.

The Animal Initiative Committee (AIC) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing people’s awareness of their responsibility for the well-being of all animals. The Committee was formed in March 2000 after Plainfield’s contracted animal control kennel was closed due to over 600 counts of animal cruelty.  “Wildlife and companion animals are being needlessly killed due to inadequate facilities and lack of education programs,” said Mrs. Chanda.  The AIC has always focused on the problem of overpopulation of dogs and cats, especially community cats. It implemented a very successful trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program for the latter. “We continue to emphasize the importance of the use of available spay/neuter programs in controlling dog and cat populations, but we can only succeed with the active support of both the community and City Administration,” Ms. Chanda stressed. “We are much in need of volunteers to help with this important effort”, she concluded. For more information about the Animal Initiative Committee, please call 908.256-3858.

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) is a neighborhood association created by and for all citizens and taxpayers of Sleepy Hollow and surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Plainfield, New Jersey. FOSH was founded to

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Plainfield Celebration of Animals

Sunday October 1, 2017 1:30 PM

At Leland Avenue Park (Next to Cook Elementary School)  

739 Leland Ave. Plainfield, NJ 

Free Admission

All are welcome