The Humane Society of Knox County’s annual Blessing of the Animals is set for Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will honor animals and the special roles they play in people’s lives.

The Rev. Michael Murphy of Waldoboro will lead the heartwarming ceremony. Anyone of any denomination or faith is welcome to attend. There will be a short service and an opportunity for each pet and owner to receive an individual blessing. The blessing will be held at the shelter facility, rain or shine. Owners are asked to have their animals on leashes or in appropriate carriers.

Children who attend will be given the charming children’s book written by Millicent Vetterlin that honors the beautiful Blessing of the Animals tradition. People can bring a well-behaved pet or come and offer a shelter animal the chance to participate.

Afterward, enjoy refreshments and the company of other animal lovers and supporters. A bake sale to benefit the shelter animals and their needed care and comfort will follow the ceremony. The event is free, and all are invited.

The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast. The Humane Society of Knox County supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Since 1991, the society has operated a shelter located between the Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston. The shelter is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Wednesdays. The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Searsmont, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Morrill and Northport.