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'Petpalooza' is blessed event at Holy Comforter Church

Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, will conduct its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This year's event has been expanded to include a variety of pet and family-centered activities — dubbed "Petpalooza." The event will open with a celebration of animals in our lives, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. The service will be followed by pet activities such as placement of microchips in animals for tracking, rabies shots and pet adoptions, continuing through noon. There will be giveaways, children's activities and an exhibit with live birds of prey, presented by the Phoenix Wildlife Center. The church...