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Pet blessing slated for Sunday on Charleston’s East End

The third annual “Blessing of the Pets” is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Ruffner Memorial Park on Kanawha Boulevard, E., in Charleston (near the corner of Elizabeth Street and the boulevard).

Rabbi James Cohn of Temple Israel and Rabbi Victor Urecki of B’nai Jacob will officiate the occasion and guide the blessings.

Several Kanawha Charleston Humane Association members, along with Animal Behavior Counselor Julie Hypes, will attend with potential adoptees from the KCHA shelter. Charleston Police Department K-9 Unit members Cpl. C.J. Howell and retired companion Jux will participate for the third year, demonstrating the training and work of the CPD K-9 Force.

This year’s event will include equines owned and trained by Laura and Ritchie Plumley of Walnut Ridge Farm in Shady Spring.

Leashes and/or carriers are a must for all the pets. Plastic “cleanup” bags will be available at the park. Additional bags are supplied by PetSmart.

To bless pets unable to attend due to age or illness, or for deceased pets, owners should bring photographs or a list of names.

Those wishing to adopt a pet from the KCHA should bring a leash or carrier or leashes will be available at the site.

In case of rain, rescheduling information will be posted at, or call 304-346-4722 or 304-342-5852 for updates or more details.


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