Archive for September, 2014

Following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, area Christian churches are offering pet blessings this week.

Find the one closest to you:

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
5345 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Blessing of the Animals will be held Saturday, October 4th at Noon in the Pavilion.
All animals are welcome.


Christ the King Catholic Church
3401 Tidewater Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23509
Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 4th at 9 AM in the school parking lot. Donations of pet food for the Norfolk SPCA will be gratefully accepted.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
6400 Newport Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 5th at 4 PM in the church parking lot.
Bring your pet (on a leash or contained) or bring a picture of your pet.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
7400 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Sunday, October 5th at 10 AM
Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
“Bring your cats and dogs and cows that go moo,
Your sheep and llama and your bull named Blue,
Your fish, your pig or your Siamese cat,
And yes, you are welcome to bring your pet bat.
Have you a turtle? One, maybe two or three,
Or ferrets and snakes that sit on your knee?
Is your dragon real or maybe just myth?
Either way bring it to church on October 5th!
An animal blessing is what we will hold
For animal lovers both young and old.
So, clean out those cages and wash up your pet.
Bring them all out and a blessing they’ll get.”

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
405 Talbot Hall Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
Sunday, October 5th at 11 AM – Noon
Blessing of the Animals & Holy Eucharist Rite II

Where: Nave
We will hold our annual Blessing of the Animals service in the River Pavilion at 11:00. Bring your 4-legged, feathered, leathered, furry, finned (or stuffed) family members for a rollicking time of song and joy. Invite your friends and neighbors, and once again we will be taking donations of items (we could use paper towels, bleach, bowls, leashes, collars, treats, food [puppy & adult], puppy pads. etc.) to help New Leash K-9 Rescue:


Historic St. Luke’s Church
14477 Benns Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430
Come and celebrate with us at our Annual Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 5th at 2 PM, to honor the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals.
During this traditional ceremony acknowledging all living creatures as part of creation, each pet will receive an individual blessing.
Contact us for more information or check out our gift shop to pick up our book about the event, called Lili of St. Luke’s.

All efforts have been made to ensure that the above-listed information is correct. We recommend you call the church of your choice to check the date, time and location before leaving home!

Also happening this weekend:

Bark in the Park & 5K Doggy Dash 
to benefit the Chesapeake Humane Society.

Register here.

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Good news:  Bonnie has been found!

Bonnie is missing from Baldwin Ave., Norfolk 23517, just east of Manteo St.
Bonnie snuck out the front door at about 9 PM on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

She is an American Shorthair cat, 2 years old, brown and black tabby, and weighs about 12 pounds.
Bonnie has a HomeAgain microchip, the last three digits of which are: 176.

If you know where Bonnie is, or think you have seen her around, please contact HomeAgain any time of the day or night, at 1-888-466-3242.

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Getting your pet back after it’s gone missing is the best part of microchipping — and it’s the part you can see. But what about the foundation —  all the work that goes into getting your pet back to you? Read on to learn why HomeAgain has (in our opinion) the best lost pet recovery system out there.


Each new microchip registration comes with a one-year membership with full benefits, including:

  • 24/7 Lost Pet Specialists, ready to serve you
  • Rapid Lost Pet Alerts sent to area veterinarians and shelters
  • Medical Insurance for lost pets (up to $2950; must be activated by pet owner)
  • Personalized Lost Pet Posters, to help you spread the word
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline – first aid advice when you need it
  • Travel assistance up to $500* to get your pet home (*applies to airfare costs for pets located more than 500 miles from home)

After the first year, you decide whether to continue your membership benefits. Either way, your pet will be permanently enrolled in HomeAgains database – and there is no additional yearly cost simply to remain enrolled.

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     Q:  Is there a vaccine that will prevent my pet from getting lost? 

     A:  Not exactly. But there is a simple injection that will help return your pet if it gets lost.

   HomeAgain microchips:

  • Are safe – the chip is designed to be compatible with your pet’s body for a lifetime. Plus, all chips arrive in sterile applicators to protect your pet from infection.
  • Do not hurt your pet – they cause no more discomfort than a vaccination.
  • Do not require surgery – your pet can receive a chip during a regular visit to the vet; no anesthesia needed.
  • Do not slip out of placeHomeAgain chips use a patented Bio-Bond anti-migration feature to make sure the chip stays in the original injection site.
  • Last for the lifetime of your pet – there are no moving parts or batteries that wear out; just a unique code that can be read by a scanner.
  • Do not compromise your privacy – all HomeAgain chips carry a unique 15-character number/letter sequence; they do not contain your private information.
     Are you ready to ‘chip your dog or cat?  Contact us to schedule your pet’s microchipping appointment today.
Originally posted May 14, 2012.

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To date, HomeAgain has reunited 1,429,223 lost pets with their families –
and the pets all have one thing in common: a permanent microchip ID.

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet's safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet’s safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

When your pet is ‘chipped at our clinic, we will register
it for you on
HomeAgain’s national database.

Even better, we use an online program, so your pet’s information
is in the database within minutes of entry.
That’s real peace of mind if your pet
likes to wander.

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Saturday, September 13th at
Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

7300 Newport Ave., Norfolk

10 AM to 3 PM

Bring your dog out for a day in the pool.

Get all the details and register here!

Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar!

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If your pet ends up at a shelter, it may be difficult
to distinguish it from other similar-looking pets.

Tuxedo cat 1. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

Tuxedo cat 1.

Tuxedo cat 2.

Tuxedo cat 2.

Or it could be just this easy.

The key to your pet's return.

The key to your pet’s return.

HomeAgain Microchips offer instant, reliable identification
at the push of a button.

HomeAgain's universal scanner reads chips by any manufacturer, so all pets can make it safely home.

HomeAgain’s universal scanner reads chips by any manufacturer, so all pets can make it safely home.

Your pet can’t call home when it’s lost –
so let someone else make the call for her.


Ask us to “chip” your pet on her next visit.  Visit HomeAgain to learn more.


This article originally appeared on April 23, 2012.

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