Local animal rescue groups participated in a worldwide event to honor homeless pets on Saturday.
This is the first time International Homeless Animals' Day has been celebrated in Savannah. The event included a blessing of the pets at Emmet Park and a candlelight walk to Ellis Square.
The group hopes to create awareness about the pet overpopulation, honor the many lives that have been lost, and to introduce the community to local rescue groups.
"It is close to my heart and a lot of peoples' hearts when you are rescuing animals. It sometimes helps peoples' lives too. So, that is why we do it," said Michele Mazzei, Savannah Rescue Alliance.
International Homeless Animals' Day is put on by Savannah Rescue Alliance.