Yesterday, it was the Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. St. John the Divine holds a festival in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. The Daily News reported that pet owners and shelter officials were there to get pets blessed as well as adopted. Gothamist loves the Blessing of the Animals because there is nothing more awesome than seeing animals head to church. Newsday has a slide show of festivities.

More about the blessing from the Columbia Daily Spectator. And the Daily News tries to play both sides, with an article about adopting pets from shelters and one about designer dogs, like cockapoos and schnoodles. We love schnoodles, but if you're thinking of getting a pet, go to a shelter first - there are some great animals who need homes there! And for information about pet adoptions in NYC: New York City Animal Care and Control. Plus Gothamist's animal archives.

Photo from Newsday