The RSPCA Stafford, Wolverhampton and District branch hosted its first Animal Blessing at St. Mary’s Church in Stafford on 30th September.
The service marked the celebration of World Animal Day, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals on 4th October.
56 people attended the charity ceremony, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford Borough Council Bryan M Cross and Mrs Lily Cross, along with RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Julie Lyons.
16 dogs and 1 cat joined the congregation to receive a blessing.
The Reverend Preb. Graham Fowell, Rector of Stafford, led the 30 minute service which enabled animal lovers to celebrate the lives of their pets. Owners grieving for lost pets were given the opportunity to have their animal pictures blessed.
Readings were catered towards the animals and hymns included All Things Bright and Beautiful.
Attendees kindly donated a total of £134 to the RSPCA branch which will go towards its work.
'The service was well supported, and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there. It was really lovely to be able to spend a few moments thinking about the role of the animals in our lives and to recognise the joy they bring to us’, said Kate the Community Liaison Officer and Fundraiser for the RSPCA branch.
‘It also allowed us to thank and acknowledge the work of all animal rescue organisations who work tirelessly to help the animals in need. We hope to make the Animal Blessing a yearly event.'
Date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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