While it may not have been the perfect day, it was
a good day, with several people bringing their pets for the blessing
that was delivered to each animal individually by Father Mark Evans.
Speaking with shelter volunteers, Susan Boyd, Judy Conzo, and
Marilyn Wheat, they were disappointed that the weather had not
cooperated very well this year. Plans to have a bounce house for
kids had been canceled due to the very strong winds that would have
posed a safety risk. The group also decided to move the
refreshments, face painting and the blessing service out of the
Gazebo area in the Forever Home Pet Cemetery, back to the green
space and storage barn next to the shelter. This would allow for
guests to be able to take shelter immediately inside the animal
shelter or storage barn should the rain begin to fall.
While they said it wasn’t the perfect scenario, they were quick to
remember one year when it was so cold, and yes, snowing. The event
was held out at the gazebo that year, and Marilyn Wheat recalled
wearing her winter coat and snow boots.
In general, even under less than perfect circumstances it was a good
day at the HSLC. Guests came out with their dogs, so the animals
could receive a blessing for the coming year from Father Mark Evans.
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A face painting and pumpkin painting artist was on hand with
several youngsters enjoying the opportunity to not only have their faces
decorated, but to also decorate a pumpkin to their own liking.
Guests also enjoyed very tasty sweet snacks and washed them down with a choice
of apple cider or water.
The animal shelter was open to the public, and the dogs and cats
inside were at their best, hoping to attract the attention of a family who would
choose to adopt them into a new family and forever home.
Along with a story board set up about some of the animals that are currently
available for adoption there was also a raffle with some very nice gift baskets
on display inside the shelter. Volunteers were on hand to talk with families
The rain held off until after the official blessing of the animals, and it was
clear that those who came out had a very nice time. So while the day may not
have gone as planned originally, it came off very well, with much to be