Animal Samaritans Dia de los Muertos Pet Celebration at Sunnylands


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Animal Samaritans has been invited to Sunnylands Center & Gardens annual Día de los Muertos event to setup a pet altar to remember those who loved us unconditionally.  This is the only animal related pet ofrenda (altar) in the Valley.

Organizer Diana Martinez says, “This is a very special event, people have stopped by and cried, me included.  This year I had to put my 13yr old chihuahua to sleep. We invite anyone who has mourned a beloved pet to participate and send us your photos so that they may be included in the ofrenda.”

The public is invited to submit their pet photos by October 24th.
Please submit your picture(s) to by October 24th with the name of your pet(s) and year they passed away.  Anyone who wants to add a short dedication is welcome to do so and Animal Samaritans will add it to the photo. Animal Samaritans will also print, frame, and paint the frames. Please make note: Previously submitted pictures have been saved and will be at our ofrenda.  Please do not resend.

Event Details:
Sunnylands Center & Gardens Dia de los Muertos Celebration

November 2nd-6th: 
Altars will be available to view during Sunnylands Center open hours. 

November 4th: (Main Event) 
Sunnylands will be open in the evening for night viewing of the altars.   They will screen the movie Coco on the lawn area for anyone to enjoy it.  Bring your own chair, blanket, snacks.        

Admission and parking are free.  
This is a family friendly outdoor events.
No reservations required.  

Visit the Sunnylands Website for more information on the event.

Comments from past years:

“I have to let you all know the Animal Samaritan’s Día De Altar is simply fantastic! Your altar hits all the right notes. I laughed.  I cried.  It’s gorgeous, loving, respectful and even light-hearted in honoring so many beloved animal friends. Please pass my gratitude onto your crew for their hard work and much appreciated efforts. Many thanks.”  -Christine Cooley Hunt

“The altar is magnificent.  The work and thought you put into from the framed photos to the ping pong ball and food is amazing.  Thank you.  It warmed my heart” -Deborah Stone

“The Animal Samaritans Alter was absolutely wonderful! You honored our furry and feathered friends and family so beautifully. The detail of hand painting each and every frame made each honoree even more special. Must Bien! ”  –Kerry Hopps

“Thank you for posting! What a great honor to my two here.” –Liz Kanter

This was so special! Thank you for doing this.”   –Suzanne Querry

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