On Sunday, October 7, the Cathedral observed the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, with its annual Blessing of the Animals service. Lois Wye from Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), Victoria Strang from Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Lisa LaFontaine from Washington Humane Society (WHS) participated as special guests. Animals were available for adoption courtesy of WHS and WARL. Cathedral Jan Cope is shown at left with a very affectionate adoptive dog.