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The St. Francis Blessing Of The Animals: A look into the Dumb Friends League ceremony


Here, Rev. Dr. John Bell of Wellshire Presbyterian Church gives a blessing

As the patron saint of animals and the environment, St. Francis of Assisi stands for something we can all appreciate. His life and work was spent loving, protecting and acting as a voice for all creatures great and small, all things bright and beautiful.

On Oct. 4 (a day after the anniversary of his death), much of the world recognizes the date in his name as a way to give thanks to our companion animals. As part of the holiday tradition, churches worldwide welcome pets of all shapes and sizes for individualized blessings.

But not all blessings take place at a church.

Just like St. Francis, the Denver Dumb Friends League is a voice for the animals in our community. To celebrate the occasion, the League held a brief ceremony for both pets and people on Oct. 3 in their Sheilagh R. Malo Pet Memorial Garden, which is adjacent to their shelter.

While the Rev. Dr. John Bell of Wellshire Presbyterian Church conducted the ceremony and blessings, it was open to people of all faiths and belief systems. As the League puts it, “Our ceremony is intended for anyone who might enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the love we give and receive from our pets.”

Check out these photos of the ceremony, the dogs, cats, ferrets and even a two-legged chihuahua receiving individual blessings.

For More Info:

DDFL Quebec Street shelter, 2080 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80231,
(303) 751-5772

DDFL Buddy Center™, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109,
(303) 751-5772


  • Dennis G. 5 years ago

    Wow what a great event and such warm and wonderful pics.
    Had my pup blessed. Was tickled to be part of such a loving and spiritual group. Thanks DDFL for all you do.