Priest to bless sanctuary pets
WSPCA ANNUAL CEREMONY AND WALK
THE Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be holding their annual blessing of the animals ceremony and sponsored dog walk on Sunday October 5.
The WSPCA is based in Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary in Ballygannon Mór, Rathdrum and the blessing of the animals will take place there at 1.30 p.m.
This is a wonderful and peaceful ceremony where the local priest comes to bless the animals of the sanctuary with some being strays.
A small prayer is said for the animals and each of them are blessed by the priest.
Everybody is welcome to come to the blessing and it is often a favourite with kids.
After the ceremony the sponsored walk will kick off at around 3.30 p.m. from the animal sanctuary and will follow route to Kilmacurragh Gardens and back. This is a great opportunity for people who have brought dogs from the sanctuary home as a pet to take part.
Staff at the sanctuary also ask volunteers to come along on the day and bring a dog from the sanctuary on the sponsored walk.
Sponsor cards are available from the sanctuary and all proceeds go towards the running of the sanctuary.
‘The cost of running the sanctuary is very high and we want the best care for the animals so that is why some fundraising is necessary and a sponsored dog walk is a great way to do that and gives people an idea of what the sanctuary is about,’ explained Anne Fitzpatrick manager at Sharpeshill.
Sharpeshill has been in operation since 1990 when the land was left to the WSPCA by a farmer call Reginald Sharp.
The sanctuary is busy all year round with at least 50 cats and dogs waiting for a new home. Many of the animals have been given to sanctuary when their owners can no longer look after them for different reasons.
Some are also strays but every cat and dog is neutered and microchipped before they are passed onto their new owners.
People can also foster a dog for up to eight weeks which is often a great way for families to suss out if they could handle a first pet.
‘We often have puppies that need 24 hour care and the fostering service is great for this and more often then not the people become attached and decide to keep the pet,’ explained Anne.
Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary is open Monday to Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sundays from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. For further information contact (0404) 44783.