The Story of Animal Blessings and Ginny Mikita
The Story of Animal Blessings
Animal Blessings is an organization dedicated to honoring the sacred worth of all animals - companion animals with whom we share our lives, captive animals exploited by humans for all the of reasons humans have historically done so and wild animals who are hunted or at risk of extinction.
Much of the work of Animal Blessings is centered around companion animals of all species - dogs, cats, fish, bird, ferrets, hedgehogs and others. Blessings of the Animals are offered throughout the year at various locations - outside and in, secular and religious. Companion Animal Grief Support is offered monthly in a group setting and available by telephone and appointment for individuals navigating grief and mourning in anticipation of or after the death of a companion animal.
I attended Notre Dame Law School with the specific intention of using legal skills to protect all animals. Animal advocacy - on behalf of individual animals and their caretakers and animal protection organizations including humane societies, rescues and veterinarians (particularly those engaged in in-home hospice and palliative care) - continues to be a significant part of of my legal practice.
About Ginny Mikita
Ginny Mikita is a 1991 graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Master of Divinity/Center for Loss Death and Grief Studies Certification candidate. She and her husband, Bob Kruse, have their own compassion- and social justice-based law practice, Mikita Kruse Law, in which they represent the voiceless - neglected, abused and unaccompanied refugee children, animals and those who care for and provide them with medical and shelter services and incapacitated adults.In 2018, Ginny was among the first class of inductees into the Animal Friendly Attorneys™ program, a service designed to meet a need among people who care about animals and are seeking legal services.
Ginny served two years as a hospital night chaplain, volunteers with Hospice of Michigan as a life story recorder and, for the past years, has offered companion animal loss support services in West Michigan. Ginny’s companion animal loss support services include facilitating a monthly Companion Animal Loss Grief Support Group (and telephone consulting before and between gatherings), officiating an annual Memorial Service in December, writing grief columns for local publications and speaking at gatherings - local and national - of animal care and protection professionals. Additionally, Ginny regularly officiates Blessings of the Animals in both religious and secular environments.
Ginny and Bob have two children - Spencer who is studying acting at Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis and Greta who is studying political science/community organizing at the University of Michigan. They also share their home with a rescue dog shih tzu and terrier mix named Chewy, and until July had also shared their home for 13 years with another rescue black lab/beagle mix.