Family Pet Fair & Blessing of the Pets

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St. Francis Animal Hospital and St. Philip Neri Animal Ministry are excited to announce the fourth annual Family Pet Fair & Blessing of the Pets to be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at Fletcher Park, 1652 Atlantic Blvd. in San Marco.  Come join this fun-filled event for the whole family under the beautiful trees of Fletcher Park.  The event will include vendors with items for pets and people, food vendors, pet costume contest, $15 pet microchipping, a “Laundromutt” charity dog wash, Ask the Vet, Ask the Trainer, free doggie nail trims, face painting, dogs available for adoption, a silent auction, and more.  The event also includes a pet costume contest at 12:30pm and the blessing of the pets at 1:30pm.

Booth space is available for businesses and organizations who wish to participate in the event.  For more information, please contact events@saintfrancisanimalhospital.org or 904-674-7223.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

If you can help, even for a few hours, or if you know someone that could help, please have them contact us.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the following:
Vendor Coordinators/Greeters – We need volunteers to greet the vendors and get them to the right spot for them to set up.  We also need greeters to work the crowd and make sure that everything is going as planned, answer questions and direct people to the dog wash and the pet blessing.
Set Up and Tear Down – we need individuals that can help with set up and take down – trash receptacles, Church and Saint Francis tables and canopies, etc.
Dog Wash – We need volunteers for the Laundromutt dog wash.
Sign Holders – Runners – we need a couple of energetic young folks to hold signs advertising the event on Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue. We also need a couple of folks to just be runners and make sure all the volunteers are doing ok, relieve them when necessary, check on the port-o-let, fill water bowls for the dogs, etc.

The event is only 4 hours so we hope volunteers could stay for the entire event. If not, please let us know and we can schedule you for a shorter shift.

If you can help, or you know someone interested in helping, please contact Becky.

THE FEAST DAY OF ST. FRANCIS & BLESSING OF PETS

In the United States, October 4 is traditionally celebrated as the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Because St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, October 4 is a very popular day for pets to be blessed.  All types of pets are welcome to participate in the blessing and for those pet parents who can’t bring your pet, a photo of your pet is encouraged.  All dogs should be on a leash and all cats should be in carriers.

Proceeds raised from the event will go to local nonprofits St. Francis Animal Hospital and St. Philip Neri Animal Ministry to help family pets in need of medical care.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 EVENT SPONSORS & VENDORS!

Sponsors:
Paw Prints Pet Crematory
Pet Supermarket
Superior Fence & Rail – Jacksonville
Trad’s of Jacksonville

Media Sponsor:
The Promise 100.7 FM and 94.1 FM

Vendors:
Bad to the Bone Pet Care
Bark Avenue Pet Resort
Bark N Bake
Berry Good Farm On The Go
Camp Bow Wow
Dogwood Park
Dots Ice Cream Truck
Earth Pets Natural Market
Green Dog Spa
Happy Hounds Pet Resorts
Jacksonville Beekeepers Association
Jumpin Jax Fly Ball Club
Kimber Kare
Luckee Dog K9 Kool Treats
Pawfection Bakery
Pawsmetics

Pet Paradise
Sit, Play, Stay
The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville
The Pet ELF dog training
Vitas Healthcare

Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
Bark for Life 
EPIC Animal Outreach
Friends of Jacksonville Animals
K9’s for Warriors

Pitstop Pit Bull Rescue Transport
The Old Dog House

Proceeds from the event benefitted nonprofits St. Francis Animal Hospital and St. Philip Neri Animal Ministry to help family pets in need of medical care.

For more info: www.SaintFrancisAnimalHospital.org or www.NeriChurch.org