Congregation Shir Ami’s annual Blessing of the Animals celebrates God’s creatures that grace our lives.
Bring your favorite animal companions (dog, cat, rabbit, bearded dragon, guinea pig, or other furry, feathered, or scaly friend) to join you for a special blessing and ceremony affirming the special role our beloved pets play in our lives.
We collect pet care items (dog & cat food, pet beds, blankets, and more) to donate to local animal shelters and animal rescue organizations. Animal care/welfare organizations also participate in our event and help us learn how we can better help our animal friends in need. We invite you to join us to have your pets blessed by Rabbi Rebecca Riece, to help other animals in need, and to enjoy some family-friendly fun: photo booth, door prizes, yummy dog and people treats, and more!
Please check back again for information about our 2017 Blessing of the Animals event. We will post details once they are finalized!
2016 Blessing of the Animals
Our 2016 Blessing of the Animals event was a great success!! We met on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, from 1:00-2:30pm at the Anderson Mill West Park (on El Salido Parkway in Cedar Park next to Cypress Elementary). Rabbi Rebecca Riece led a warm and wonderful service which included joyful songs, blessings for our animal companions, a prayer to remember our beloved animal companions who have passed from this world, a call to action to address the plight of companion animals in need, a ceremonial walk around the park, and fun activities for both our human and animal friends who were there.
We collected many items which were donated to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, and honored our primary event beneficiary for 2016, Puppy Mill Awareness Day Texas (http://pmadtx.org).