Roxbury Congregational Church will hold a blessing of the animals Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the 24 Church St. church.

The ceremony will include prayers, a brief meditation by the Rev. David Peters, the church’s minister, and individual animal blessings.

The church will give each pet a special collar tag and provide water and animal treats.

Animals should be under the control of their owners at all times.

Leashed, crated or otherwise secured domestic critters are invited to participate.

Those who wish can bring a can of pet food to be donated to the Animal Welfare Society in New Milford.

For more information, call 860-355-1978 or email