A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE TO SHARE WITH YOUR PET!

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Bellaire United Methodist Church (BUMC) in the town of Bellaire, Texas, is set to host its sixth annual Blessing of the Animals event. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. At this fun, family and pet-friendly event, the public and people of all faiths are invited to bring their pets and have them blessed by the church’s pastors. Each year, millions of people around the world have their pets blessed during an annual blessing of the animals ceremony. The event is held in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, and his love for all animals.

The event is free and will take place on the front lawn of Bellaire United Methodist Church, located at 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401. The service will begin with an opening prayer, homily and a group blessing by the pastors.  Afterward, attendees’ pets can receive an individual blessing from Pastors Seann Duffin, Jim Love and Diane McGehee. Professional photographer Nikky LaWell will provide a free commemorative photo of each pet for attendees to take home, compliments of Nikky LaWell Photography and Rover Oaks Pet Resort.  Attendees are welcome to come and go during the two-hour event, and visit with a number of pet care experts including: veterinarian Dr. Garnett Von Eiff of Southwest Animal Clinic, BUMC’s Faithful Paws pet therapy group, pet food experts from Natural Pawz, a professional dog trainer and a groomer from Rover Oaks Pet Resort, representatives from AniMeals on Wheels, and Mission K-9 Rescue, the local chapter of United States War Dogs Association.

Looking to adopt or foster an animal in need?  Several Houston-area pet adoption groups will bring their adorable, loveable canines that are looking for a forever home! Adoption groups include Bassett Buddies, Westie and Scottie Rescue, Houston Cocker Spaniel Rescue, and Dream Dachshund Rescue! Representatives will also be on hand to talk about each animal as well as highlight the benefits of adoption and discuss area foster programs.

“God has blessed us with pets of all species, shapes and sizes.  These pets are our constant companions and they provide us with unconditional love,” says Seann Duffin, Pastor at Bellaire United Methodist Church. “We want the community to join us as we celebrate, honor and bless the wonderful pets we hold so dear.”

“This will be our sixth year to hold the event, and every year we see more people from the community come out to join us on this joyous occasion,” says Jim Love, Associate Pastor at Bellaire United Methodist Church. “We’re expecting over 200 people and their pets in attendance this year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this special message with such a pet-loving community.”

Please remember that all pets should be friendly and either on a leash (dogs), in protective carriers (cats), cages (birds, small mammals), fish bowls, or terrariums (amphibians, reptiles). For more information, contact Sean Duffin at (713) 666-2167 or sduffin@bellaireumc.org. View the event on Facebook here.