Chance’s Spot, Pet Loss and Support Resources, will hold its 5th Annual Honoring the Animals, Candlelight Vigil and Animal Blessing on September 11, 2011 in observance of National Pet Memorial Day.
This year, Danny Hopper, a Tennessee Task Force One, K-9 Search and Rescue Handler and FEMA member will be the guest speaker. Mr. Hopper, along with his partner, K-9 Heidi were first responders at the September 11, 2001 Pentagon terrorist attack. He will share his first-hand account of experience of that national tragedy as well as talk about the role of the search and rescue dogs.
Also appearing will be the new Louisville Metro Animal Services Director, Justin Scally. Mr. Scally will be presenting a proclamation from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declaring September 11, 2011 National Pet Memorial Day.
“This year we are grateful, not only to have a FEMA first responder to the 9/11 attacks help us celebrate our animal heroes, but also to have the new LMAS director and the Mayor Fischer recognize that companion animals are more than ‘just pets.’” said Gail Heller, Chance’s Spot founder. “We welcome them to Honoring the Animals as we provide comfort, closure, and celebration of life to those who have had to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion.”
All pet caregivers and friends of animals are invited to meet Mr. Hopper and Mr. Scally on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2233 Woodbourne Ave., Louisville, KY.
This event is free and those in attendance will be able to have their pet’s name read out loud during the vigil. There will be light hors d’oeuvres, musical selections and poetry-reading, as well as a moment of silence as candles are lit in memory of our beloved animal friends. After the vigil there will be a blessing of the animals for those who bring their leashed pets. Further details on the service are available at the Honoring the Animals web site at: www.honoringtheanimals.org .
Chance’s Spot provides an online support group, publications on pet loss, hotline numbers, referrals and an online tributes page where pet caregivers can post tributes to their departed pets. Locally, Chance’s Spot provides educational presentations on the topic of pet loss to pet caregivers, pet care professionals and rescue and shelter workers. Area shelters, veterinarians and rescue groups also receive support and information about compassion fatigue – the stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized animals on a daily basis. For more information: www.chancesspot.org .
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