BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Animal lovers from around Maine had several opportunities on Tuesday to have their furry companions blessed.

The outdoor event was in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast Day. Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of all of God's creatures. The blessing was held to recognize the important place that pets hold in people's hearts.

Nearly two dozen pet owners brought their dogs and cats to the Biddeford blessing location at St. James Catholic School.

The other blessings took place in Portland, Westbrook, Yarmouth, Norway, Lewiston and Augusta.