ASPCA, Cindy Adams Hosts 3rd Annual Blessing Of The Animals

Pets Of All Shapes And Sizes Invited To Celebrate The Holidays At Free Event On December 11.

NEW YORK-The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and New York Post columnist and ASPCA board member Cindy Adams are kicking off the 2011 holiday season with the Third Annual ASPCA Blessing of the Animals next Sunday, December 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, located at 520 Park Avenue and 60th Street in New York City.

This year's community event, which is sponsored by Live Oak Bank, draws a passionate and distinguished crowd of animal lovers and their beloved pets, whether furry or feathered. Led by Christ Church's Senior Minister, the Rev. Stephen Bauman, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein of Central Synagogue, animals will join in a processional to the altar for their blessings. The renowned Brooklyn Youth Choir will perform holiday classics at the family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public. Donations of pet toys will be collected by the ASPCA for homeless pets at NYC Animal Care and Control.

"The annual Blessing of the Animals is an event that both the two-legged and four-legged members of the family can enjoy together," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "This is a special occasion for animal lovers to focus on the important role that pets play in our lives and to celebrate their being during the holiday season."

"This is Live Oak Bank's first year supporting the Blessing of the Animals, and we look forward to celebrating the human-animal bond with fellow animal lovers," adds Jim Mahan, director of marketing at Live Oak Bank. "Live Oak Bank originated as a lending company solely for veterinarians and our pets are regulars in our offices, so it means a lot to us to take part in this tradition."

About the ASPCA® - Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to

About Live Oak Bank - In 2007, Live Oak Bank started to provide veterinary business loans to small, independent businesspeople looking to expand, remodel, refinance and/or acquire an existing practice. From the beginning, we took a personal approach and saw our clients not as numbers, but as real people facing real-life opportunities and challenges. We offer big bank expertise but provide personal attention to all of our customers to ensure their long-term success. It worked - for us as well as our clients - and we expanded our veterinary funding programs to serve the needs of independent pharmacies, dental offices and funeral homes across the country. For additional information about Live Oak Bank, please visit