ASPCA, Cindy Adams Host 4th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Pets of all shapes and sizes invited to celebrate the holidays at free event on December 9

Online PR News – 06-December-2012 – New York, NY – 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 2012 holiday season with the Fourth Annual ASPCA Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, December 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, located at 520 Park Avenue and 60th Street in New York City.

Sponsored by Live Oak Bank, this year’s community event 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 and distributed to animals available for adoption at Animal Care & Control of New York City.

“This city has been through quite a lot recently, so the ASPCA’s Blessing of the Animals is an opportunity for both two-legged and four-legged members of the family to instead celebrate the joys of the holiday season,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “There has never been a better time to show our appreciation to these animals that play such a large role in our lives.”

“Live Oak Bank was founded solely as a veterinary bank, so it is only fitting that we support this event that celebrates the connection between humans and their pets,” commented Travis York, General Manager at Live Oak Bank. “We are proud to sponsor this year’s ASPCA Blessing of the Animals event, and appreciate all that the organization does for the well-being of animals throughout the country.”

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Live Oak Bank
Live Oak Bank was founded to provide small business loans to professionals looking to start or expand their business. Aside from acquisitions and refinancing, Live Oak’s lenders specialize in real estate loans and ground-up construction projects. The bank originally began lending to veterinarians, and has since expanded to dentists, independent pharmacists, and funeral home owners nationwide. Having such a keen industry focus and trade specialists on board, enables the bank to offer an unparalleled level of service to the client. To learn more about Live Oak Bank, please visit