The Animal Initiative Committee is holding the 20th annual Plainfield Celebration of Animals on Sunday October 6, 2019, at 1:30 PM at Leland Avenue Park, (next to Cook Elementary School, 739 Leland Ave.)  Plainfield, New Jersey.  The event is free 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, Celebration event chairwoman. Held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, leaders of local religious and spiritual traditions will offer blessings for all animals. Three horses will also participate in the celebration. “We invite everyone to bring their pets to receive a blessing,” said Ms. Chanda. All animals must be properly restrained. Pets uncomfortable around other animals should be left at home and photos can be brought to receive a blessing for them. This year’s theme is ‘First Do No Harm’ to raise people’s awareness of 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 and The Coffee Box will be served after the blessing. For more information please email

The Animal Initiative Committee (AIC), formed in 2000, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing people’s awareness of their responsibility for the well-being of all animals, “Wildlife and companion animals are being needlessly killed due to inadequate facilities and lack of education programs,” said Mrs. Chanda.  The AIC focuses 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 emphasize the importance of the use of available spay/neuter programs in controlling dog and cat populations, which can only succeed with the active support of everyone in the community,” Ms. Chanda stressed. “Volunteers are always needed to help with this important effort”, she concluded. For more information about the Animal Initiative Committee, please email

Plainfield Celebration of Animals

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Sunday October 6, 2019 1:30 PM

At Leland Avenue Park (Next to Cook Elementary School)  

739 Leland Ave. Plainfield, NJ 

Free Admission

All are welcome