This Won’t be the First Time We’ve Done This, but it will be the First Time We’ve Done it This Way.

Holding a “Blessing of the Animals” is not unusual for your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. There have been dozens of them during the 58 years since the shelter opened.

Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 AM will be the first time ever that we’re holding a Blessing of the Animals by Tibetan Monks at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad.

SDWC Director Trish Jackman explains, “These are Tibetan Monks who live in a monastery in India. They’re touring America. While they’re here in San Diego, they will come to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s new San Diego Wildlife Center on Saturday, May 12th to bless the wildlife under our care.”

After the blessing of the wildlife, the Monks will step outside to a tent where they will meet local animal lovers who wish to have their pets blessed. The cost for the blessing is $10 per pet. Half of the proceeds will come to the San Diego Wildlife Center and the other half will go to the Monks to help them continue their work and pay for their travels.

Trish says it’s a nice coincidence that the Blessing of the Animals by the Monks will take place on the day before Mother’s Day, May 12th. “The relationships between people and their pets are often like a parent/child relationship. That makes this a perfect day for this Blessing.”

According to Trish, the Monks are scheduled to arrive at SDWC at 9:00 AM. They will enter the building and begin the blessing of the wildlife. That’s expected to take approximately 45 minutes.

They will step out of the building and into two tents in the parking lot. The Blessing of the Animals for the public is expected to run from 10:00 AM to noon.

For more information about SDWC, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, log on to, call 760-621-6888, and be sure to “Like” SD Wildlife Center on Facebook: