Pet ser­vice was great event

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

I’D like to thank St An­drew’s Church in Uxbridge for hold­ing a “Pet Ser­vice” there on Sun­day Septem­ber 30.

It was well at­tended and peo­ple brought along their pets, in­clud­ing dogs, cats and guinea pigs.

There was also a hen and a small “bearded dragon” along with other crea­tures. They all seemed very well be­haved in the church.

The ser­vice was to say thank you to God for our pets and to ask for his bless­ing on them.

I’ve been a mem­ber of the char­ity “The Angli­can So­ci­ety for the Wel­fare of An­i­mals” for many years and they are all in favour of churches hold­ing pet bless­ing ser­vices.

Such events help us con­sider hu­mans’ treat­ment of an­i­mals - in in­ten­sive fac­tory farm­ing or in lab­o­ra­tory ex­per­i­ments on an­i­mals, for in­stance.

An­i­mals help peo­ple in many ways – as as­sis­tance dogs for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and to help peo­ple who can­not hear. Dogs are be­ing trained to de­tect disease, as their noses are of­ten more sen­si­tive and ef­fi­cient than many cur­rent med­i­cal tests!

Trained med­i­cal dogs can even de­tect when their owner is go­ing to have an epilep­tic fit, and chil­dren with autism of­ten gain con­fi­dence from form­ing a bond with an an­i­mal.

Spe­cially ap­proved pets are also brought in to visit hos­pi­tals and care homes, which can make the res­i­dents feel hap­pier.

Per­haps more lo­cal churches might think about hav­ing a pet ser­vice? Ann Wills Ruislip

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