Community pet blessing held in honor of St. Francis

Dozens of pet owners took their four-legged friends to Kamper Park today for more than just a walk.  They also got a special blessing as part of a celebration for St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals.

A community pet blessing at the park pavillion was hosted by several church denominations.  Donations were also accepted for the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, which had plenty of puppies on hand to be adopted.

Pet training and animal CPR demonstrations also took place during the event.