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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Holistic Animal Fair and Adopt-a-thon

Kindred Spirit Animal Ministry presents the fourth annual Holistic Animal Fair, Adopt-a-thon and Animal Blessing, the only event of its kind in San Diego, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 8, in Balboa Park.

At the Adopt-A-Thon, attendees can connect with various nonprofits to find and adopt their ideal animal companion. Holistic information and advice will be offered by experts on nutrition and raw food, energy healers, animal communicators and veterinarians. In addition, pet owners can sign their pets up for free Reiki, T-Touch and Healing Touch; participate in a Doga class; and meet area doggy daycare providers.

During the Howl-o-ween costume contests, pets can dress up to win various prizes, including funniest and most unique costume and best in show. The animal blessing celebrates the contribution that creatures make to the planet, in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Each blessed animal receives a certificate, and the event will feature ministers of all denominations.

At the family-friendly event, children can meet and take pictures with Ricochet, the famous surf dog seen on television.

Location: Southwest corner of Sixth and Laurel, adjacent to the dog park, San Diego 92104. For more information, call 619-546-8157 or visit