Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals. For this reason, each year, Catholic parishes around the world set aside a special day in October, right around his feast day, for blessing animals.
Usually, most of the pets are the typical dogs and cats. But, sometimes, people show up with pet hamsters and even gold fish. It's believed this blessing, bestowed by a priest, will benefit the animal in some way, perhaps keeping him safe from accidents and illness.
The tags shown below are made by Zazzle, an online gift shop located in California. Because these items, designed by individual artists and galleries, are made on demand, additional customization is possible, such as adding your pet's name.
A relatively large number of different styles of tags are available, but those shown below seem to be some of the more popular. All of these Zazzle creations are made in America.
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