The Blessing of the Animals event is scheduled for Saturday in Bellaire

The “Blessing of the Animals” is returning to Bellaire this weekend with all pets welcome.

The 11th annual event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, on the front lawn of Bellaire United Methodist Church at 4417 Bellaire Blvd. The event is held in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and environment, and his love for all animals.

“God has blessed us with pets of all species, shapes and sizes. These pets are our constant companions and provide us with unconditional love,” said Seann Duffin, senior pastor at BUMC. “We want the community to join us as we celebrate, honor and bless the wonderful pets we care so much about.” .

This event is free, family-friendly, open to the public, and should be a lot of fun. People are encouraged to bring their pets and have them blessed by the pastors of the church. All pets must be friendly and leashed (dogs), in protective carriers (cats), cages (birds, small mammals), fish bowls or terrariums (amphibians, reptiles).

“Every year more people from the community join us in this joyous occasion,” said BUMC associate pastor Lataya Simpson. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share this special message with such a pet-loving community.”

According to the organizers, the event will begin with an opening prayer, a homily and a group blessing by the pastors. After the short service, participants’ pets can receive individual blessings from Pastors Duffin and Simpson and youth director Jordan Payne.

Professional photographer Nikky LaWell will also provide attendees with a free digital photo of their pet’s individual blessing that will be available to download later from the church’s website.

Attendees can also visit representatives from a range of animal care experts and organizations including Westbury Animal Hospital, Woofgang Bakery & Grooming, Faithful Paws pet therapy, Three Dog Bakery, Canine Companions for Independence and dog trainer Teri Merchant.

Adoptable pets will be available through Golden Beginnings Rescue, Westie & Scottie Rescue, Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, PugHearts of Houston, Rescued Pets Movement and Citizens for Animal Protection.

For more information, contact Duffin at (713) 666-2167 or [email protected] or visit www.bellaireumc.org/bota.

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