Pets, Owners Gather at Regis University for Blessing of the Beasties

October 02, 2014

A pack of not-so-wild animals will descend upon Regis University on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the 4th Annual Blessing of the Beasties, an afternoon of celebrating culminating in a blessing of beloved pets held in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Faculty, staff and students from Regis as well as family and local community members will attend the 4 p.m. celebration and blessing held adjacent to the Field House on Regis’ North Denver (Lowell) campus. In addition to the blessing, Regis officials will collect food, supplies and money donations for local animal shelters. The MaxFund will be on hand with adoptable animals, pet owners will participate in a pet parade, and attendees will have the opportunity to watch a professional disc dog demonstration and enjoy a petting zoo.

There will also be contests, games, and two Regis therapy dogs-in-training – JJ of the School of Physical Therapy and Joey from Counseling – will attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Colo., Regis provides a values-based liberal arts education offering professional certifications and degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.