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On Sunday, October 2nd we will hold our third annual neighborhood Pet Blessing Service at 4:00 pm at Washington Park Shelter #3.  All pets are welcome, we invite folks from Washington Park, Sunnyside, and Waughtown to attend! We expect quite a turnout!  All pet owners are welcome to bring their pets for this service, which will feature special music and the singing of familiar hymns including “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  Pet carriers are encouraged for those with small pets.  Some may wish to bring pictures of pets who cannot come in “person” or which are uncomfortable in the presence of other animals. 

Washington Park Shelter #3 is near the bathrooms and Dinosaur playground, and is just up the hill from the Dog Park.  You may park in the parking lot and walk up, or you may park on Park Avenue near the Vintage Street park entrance.

                Safety Considerations for the Pet Blessing Service

It is important for all participants to respect the needs of their pets and other people’s pets.  In order to do so, all pet owners are expected to maintain behavioral control of their pet(s) at all times.  Small pets should be carried in a carrier to prevent an accidental escape.  Larger animals must be on a short leash, no longer than four feet in length.  Retractable leashes must not be used as they provide little control of the animal.  It is important to realize that many animals are uncomfortable in new environments, around unknown people and/or animals and may react defensively.  Do not force your pet to participate in the blessing if your pet is uncomfortable. Please allow personal space between your pet and other pets.   If you have an aggressive, protective or defensive pet that you would like to have blessed at the service, you are invited to bring a photo of your pet to the service and present the photo to Pastor John for the blessing.   If your pet is sick, disabled, or elderly and you would like to have your pet blessed without the stress of bringing him/her to the service, you are also invited to bring a photo of your pet for a personal blessing.