It's the sixth annual "Blessing of the Animals and Pets" this Saturday at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey.

It doesn't matter what religion you observe as the annual event is non-sectarian. All that matters is that you love your pet, and maybe you want a little extra protection on your four-legged buddy.

Even if you are not religious, but you feel more spirituality, stop by the Popcorn Park Zoo this Saturday. It is free to attend. Popcorn Park Zoo is located at 1 Humane Way in Forked River

According to Jersey Shore Online:

Reverend John Cardello has served as the chaplain for the Ocean County Humane Society and the Popcorn Park Zoo for the past five years. He will once again perform the blessing at the service which will run from 9 to 10 a.m. on October 3, at the Popcorn Park Zoo picnic area directly across from the Zoo entrance. Zoo animals will not be open to the public.

From 10 a.m to noon, you can then get your pet blessed by Reverend Cardello. He says, “All thing bright and beautiful, all things great and small, fur feathers or scales – for those who have shared and had their lives touched by a beloved pet we hope to see you and your best friend at the zoo

As far back as I can remember, the Popcorn Park Zoo takes care of all types of animals including camels, lions, tigers, and bears that have no other place to go.

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