PITTSFORD In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, the Rutland County Humane Society and Father Don Morris of Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a special Blessing of the Animals ceremony. The ceremony will be held at RCHS, 739 Stevens Rd. (located near the east side of Route 7 just south of Garden Time), in Pittsford, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. Bring your pet for a special blessing by Morris. All dogs must be on leashes and cats and other pets in safe carriers. The ceremony will be held outside. According to Father Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., of the Roman Catholic Diocese, This ancient custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisis love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town in Italy. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. As Mackin noted, Over 62 million cats in the U.S. attests to the continuing affection we have for our furry, feathered or finned friends. Weve even had a cat called Socks in the White House. Other popular presidential pets range from Abraham Lincolns Fido to Lyndon Johnsons beagles, named Him and Her. For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature. After the Pittsford ceremony, the shelter will be open until 5 p.m. to visit with the adoptable animals. If you have questions please contact RCHS at 802-483-9171.