Three local churches are collaborating in a ceremony they hope will let the dogs out, and cats, too. They’re even hoping to meet a few reptiles, even farm animals.
It’s all part of a ecumenical Blessing of the Animals service held Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The service is sponsored by Elkin Presbyterian Church, Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church and St. Stephens Catholic Church.
The ceremony will take place on the grounds of Elkin Presbyterian at 151 Hillcrest Drive in Elkin.
According to church officials, everyone is invited to this service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. All types of pets are welcomed.
“The strangest type of animal I’ve ever blessed was an iguana,” said Pastor Stewart Taylor of Elkin Presbyterian.
Pets should be properly restrained on a leash or in a carrier. Participants are invited to bring photos or pictures of other animals, such as endangered species, service animals, and animals that give their lives for the community.
“If it is difficult to bring your pet, you may bring a photo instead,” said the Rev. W. Gaye Brown of Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church.
Due to the tricky nature of the animals, organizers say the liturgy will be brief with immediate blessings.
“The ceremony is usually a lot of fun,” said Pastor Taylor.
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