Join us at the Morgan Fountain with your furry and feathered friends, the Richmond Mounted Police Squad, and the memories of cherished animal companions no longer with us as we celebrate the blessing of these marvelous creatures in our lives.
This is one of my favorite events of the year. It centers me and helps me remember the beauty and spirit of the season as we gather in fellowship as a city.
We will be closed for 15 minutes during the ceremony.
The Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad also invite you to join the Officers of the Richmond Police Mounted Unit, Richmond K9's, working horses and dogs, pets, and fellow animal lovers at the annual seasonal Blessing of the Animals. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate animals, meet the officers and horses for the Richmond Mounted Police Unit and enjoy special music. Pets and their owners are encouraged to dress in their holiday best and bring pet food donations for the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF).
We will be donating 5% of our sales. The officers and their mounts keep our Downtown safe. Thank you in advance for your support. - Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain Bookstore
Concurrent with this event, see the signing event for A Short History of Richmond!
More about the Morgan Fountain and the Blessing history (photos from the TimesDispatch):
The predominantly Italianate style brick and iron-front buildings, with the ornamental Renaissance-style fountain create a European flavor. An ornate fountain in the center of the plaza dates from 1905 and originally supplied water for the teams of horses that once hauled goods through the area. The fountain has an urn-type design in the Italian Renaissance style, with an octagonal base in solid stone. Charles S. Morgan donated the fountain whose inscription on one side reads “In memory of one who loved animals.”
This event is scheduled annually for noon on the second Friday in December. It has taken place every year since 1992 and is intentionally brief (about 30 minutes) so people can participate during their lunch hour and local businesses are encouraged to make it a “pet-friendly” day at the office.
For more information about this event and how you can help, please contact the hosting organizer Susan Mullins Ramsey slgmramsey (at) gmail (dot) com.