AUSTIN -- A special event at the Austin Humane Society was held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Senior Pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Karl Gronberg officiated the annual event Thursday at the shelter. He performed blessings on pets waiting for their forever homes while singing songs with staff members and students from the Gethsemane Lutheran Children's Ministry.
During the ceremony, Pastor Gronberg walked from kennel to kennel to bless more than 85 homeless dogs and cats living at the shelter.
KVUE was on hand for the event. Click through the slideshow to see photos.