Des Moines – Pets often become beloved family members, and losing them can be tough. On September 9, The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is teaming up with HCI Hospice Care Services, LovingRest Pet Funeral Home and Homesteaders Life Company to host Support, Celebrate & Learn: Loving Our Pets Through All Stages of Life, an event honoring and celebrating the lives of our pets.
Attendance is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
The celebration will kick off at ARL Main (5452 N.E. 22nd St.) at 2 p.m. with a workshop presented by renowned speaker and author of “Pet Parents,” Coleen Ellis. Artist Barbara Huisman will create an interactive pet remembrance mural throughout the afternoon, which will be presented at 4 p.m. during a memorial event and pet blessing. Guests are welcome to bring their pets to the event and to meet one of the many ARL animals in need of a new home.
Prior to this event, Ellis will be speaking to an audience of pet care and funeral professionals to increase awareness and understanding of pet loss and grief.