We certainly don’t want our pilgrims to feel we are not pet friendly, but only “Service Dogs” that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability are allowed on the Walk to Mary.  The Walk to Mary is a spiritual pilgrimage, not a sporting or exercise event.  Furthermore, it is the policy of the bus company we use to transport pilgrims that only service dogs are allowed on the buses.  Additionally, the service dogs must be approved by the bus company on a case by case basis.  The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help does allow pets on-site but they must be on leashes.  Service animals are allowed on all grounds and buildings and in the chapel.