It’s an annual event inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi. Since the 13th century, the celebration known as the ‘Blessing of the Animals' has been conducted at Catholic churches around the world each October. New York City’s majestic Byzantine Revival-Romanesque Cathedral is one such venue that’s been conducting this event for the last thirty-two years— and it never fails to disappoint pet owners and animal enthusiasts who flock from far and near to participate, donate and attend.
Meet Tommy, and orange-and tan-striped cat, who Gary Rosheisen adopted because he felt such action would help to lower his blood pressure. As it turns out, Tommy did a lot more than that. Read on for more on this amazing feline who lives quietly with his caretaker in Columbus, Ohio.