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Pet Blessing Planned For Sunday At Upper East Side Church

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A blessing of the animals will be held Sunday at a church on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side.

As WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported, writer and gossip columnist Cindy Adams of the New York Post said many people treat their pets like children.

WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reports


"One reason is today, a lot of people are leaving alone, and they don't go into offices – they work by computers. They don't even see a warm body," Adam said. "They live singly and they live longer, and all they have is a dog to love."

On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Christ United Methodist Church, at 520 Park Ave. at 60th Street, will hold the blessing for the animals. In the service led by church Senior Minister the Rev. Stephen Bauman, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein of Central Synagogue, pet owners will bring their animals for a processional toward the alter for blessings.

The event is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where Adams sits on the board.

Adams said many of us feel blessed that we did not lose our dogs and cats during Sandy.

"The people here are blessed," Adams said. "They are looking for their animals to be blessed, and the minister and the rabbi are giving their time just for that reason."

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