For many years it has been a custom at AACL JHB that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are welcomed for a special ceremony on the first Sunday of October annually.

This year to celebrate and recognise the special role animals play in our lives, our “Blessing of the Animals” ceremony will take place at Rietvlei Zoo Farm on 6th October from 08:00–10:00 at the Picnic Dam. Entrance will be R100 payable at the gate and will include access to the walking trails.

Please join us and bring along your 2 and 4 legged pets for this special ceremony! Prizes will be given for the best dress animal. Pet food donation welcome! For more information please contact Carren on 011 435 0672 or