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Friday, September 29, 2017

18th Annual FOSH Celebration of Animals Sunday at Leland Park

St. Francis preaches to the animals,
a contemporary work by Tatiana Grant.

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow's 18th Annual Celebration of Animals takes place at Plainfield's Leland Avenue Park on Sunday (October 1). Gathering time is 1:30 PM, with the blessing of pets to begin at 2:00 PM. The event is organized by the group's Animal Initiative Committee.

According to a press release --

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) Animal Initiative Committee is holding the annual Celebration of Animals on Sunday October 1.  The event is free of charge and open to everyone, with or without pets, to celebrate the importance of animals in the lives of human beings.

Anatole France’s quote ‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened,’ says it best,” said MaryEllen Chanda of the Animal Initiative Committee. Held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, representatives of local religious and spiritual traditions will offer blessings for all animals. All are welcome to bring their pets to receive a blessing,” Mrs. Chanda said.

Birds must be caged; cats must be in carriers; and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Pets that are uncomfortable around other animals should be left at home. A photo or toy can be brought to represent them for a blessing. Water will be available for the animals and light refreshments will be served after the blessing. For more information about the Celebration please call (908) 256-3858 or visit
The Animal Initiative Committee (AIC) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing people’s awareness of their responsibility for the well-being of all animals. The Committee was formed in March 2000 after Plainfield’s contracted animal control kennel was closed due to over 600 counts of animal cruelty.

The AIC has always focused on the problem of overpopulation of dogs and cats, especially community cats. It implemented a very successful trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program for the latter. “We continue to emphasize the importance of the use of available spay/neuter programs in controlling dog and cat populations, but we can only succeed with the active support of both the community and City Administration,” Mrs. Chanda stressed. “We welcome volunteers to help with this important effort”, she concluded. For more information about the Animal Initiative Committee, please call (908) 256-3858.
The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) is a neighborhood association created by and for all citizens and taxpayers of Sleepy Hollow and surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Plainfield, New Jersey. FOSH was founded to --
  • Foster neighborhood awareness, camaraderie, participation and image
  • Create and maintain secure neighborhoods
  • Promote neighborhood issues and concerns to city officials
  • Organize neighborhood activities for the benefit of the citizens of our community and Plainfield.
There are no membership requirements, dues or formal joining process for The Friends of Sleepy Hollow.  The group believes that all the neighbors in Sleepy Hollow are its "members". Having the support, participation and suggestions of our members is critical to FOSH's success.  Anyone is welcome and encouraged to join any planned activity that we host.  For more information about FOSH, please visit:

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