Cats, dogs, even reptiles being blessed by religious leaders in Long Beach – Press Telegram

Cats, dogs, even reptiles being blessed by religious leaders in Long Beach – Press Telegram

Bearded dragons, guinea pigs, cats and dogs — including a corgi in a stroller.

Scores of people and their pets converged on Belmont Shore on Sunday evening, Oct. 3, to have their furry friends — and, in some cases, their feathered and scaled pals — blessed by an interfaith collection of religious leaders.

It was all part of the 19th annual Interfaith Blessing of the  Animals, hosted by the Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit run by longtime Long Beach event organizer Justin Rudd.

A couple of hundred pets received blessings from their owners’ choice of religious leaders, including a Catholic priest, pastors from a Lutheran church in Compton and a United Church of Christ place of worship, and a rabbi. There was also a priestess from Orange County’s Goddess Temple.