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Benefit for Homeless Animals in Warwick

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will host its 14th annual Pet Walk with Blessing of the Animals and Costume Contest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., October 2, 2021 at the Beach in Warwick City Park. All proceeds will benefit the homeless cats and dogs waiting for adoption at the Warwick Animal Shelter. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., and the Dog Walk starts at 11:30 a.m. Individual blessings will continue to be performed until noon by Deacon Baker.

A $15 donation for each animal includes an individual blessing by Deacon John Baker of Saints Rose and Clements Parish and a colorful pet bandana. Enjoy a scenic 2.75-mile walk around Warwick City Park with your dog. A shorter walk is also available. All restrained animals are welcome for a blessing, but only dogs are allowed on the walk.

Water for the animals and dog waste bags will be provided. All animals must wear a collar and identification tag. Proof of rabies vaccination is required with a current rabies tag or a veterinarian’s rabies certificate for every dog, cat or ferret. Dogs must be on a flat leash at all times; retractable or flexi leashes are not allowed. Aggressive dogs, any dog under four months old or in any stage of heat will not be allowed to participate. Cats, ferrets, rats, birds and other pets must be in a proper, secure carrier or securely harnessed and leashed.

Adoptable dogs from the Warwick Animal Shelter will be present to meet, greet and kick off the dog walk. This day is probably the most fun for the shelter dogs while waiting for their forever home as they get to spend the whole day at the park. Stay for a judged costumed dog contest with prizes at 12:30 p.m.

For updates, visit Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at For more information about Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter, visit