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Kitimat’s annual pet blessing to be held Sept. 18

Donations for the Humane Society animal shelter will be collected at the event

Kitimat’s annual pet blessing event will take place over the weekend (Sept. 18) at the area between Christ Church Anglican and United Church on Kingfisher Ave.

Organized by Rev. Teri Meyer from the Kitimat First United Church, who started the tradition four years ago, the event will be open to not just pet owners but to all community members who want to participate.

This year the church has also teamed up with the Humane Society and will be collecting donations at the event which will be delivered to the animal shelter. Community members are welcome to donate pet beds, blankets, towels and toys for cats and dogs

“Normally, pet blessings, take place around St. Francis of Assisi Day, Oct 4 – but that’s too cold. Rev. Emma and myself are teaming up this year and we are opening the service to the wider community,” said Meyer.

Those attending are also encouraged to bring folding chairs. If the weather turns, people can move inside the United Church.

Refreshments will be offered.

“Please bring your pet, photo of your pet; if you’ve lost a pet, we are acknowledging good-byes,” Meyer said.

“Pet blessings means something for everybody, for some it’s gratitude for being blessed with pet companions, for others it’s about the gift of creation and our role as stewards and how we take care of it,” Meyer said about the event.

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