Bless your pets
PETS are part of the family. Even if they are snails, mice or a donkey.
Animals great and small are welcome at the SPCA Pet Blessing Service at St George’s Anglican Church in Gate Pa this weekend.
The blessing of the animals has been held every year for more than a decade and Reverend John Hebenton has been blessing the animals for seven years.
He’s blessed everything from horses to snails. The service attracts pet lovers of every kind — with their cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, mice, donkeys.
John says he does it in part to honour celebrate St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals. The other part is to help the SPCA and acknowledge the animals.
“The day is also to honour and support the work of the SPCA and to remind people that animals live in our world and our world is God’s, and we should treat everything with care and respect.”
St Francis was born in Italy in 1181. He abandoned a life of partying and drinking when he found Christianity. He is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals. Each October, animals all over the world are blessed.
The church asks that dogs are on a lead, cats in carriers and birds in cages. The SPCA Pet Blessing Service is a fundraiser for the SPCA. There will also be a morning tea, and people may bring along a plate and/or a donation for the SPCA.
* Blessing Service on Sunday, October 21 from 10-11am.
Rabbits and other animals are blessed at the annual pet blessing.