Priest to bless sanc­tu­ary pets


Bray People - - View From The Street - Paula BURNS

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.

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