Join us for an interactive celebration of our pets and the joy they bring to our lives. Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It’s a popular day for pets to be “blessed.” Some churches ask people to bring animal food or blankets to be donated to a local animal shelter around this time of the year. The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi also gives many educators, caregivers, and animal rights organizations an opportunity to teach children about endangered or abused animals and what can be done to help save these animals.