Furry, feathered, finned and scaly creatures are invited to bring their owners to one Harlem church Saturday for a special blessing.
The Rev. Charles Broome will lead Philadelphia United Methodist Church's first Blessing of the Animals service at 10 a.m. Saturday at 780 Old Louisville Road near Harlem. The event will be free.
"I'm looking forward to doing it," Broome said. "I love animals and I love people who love animals."
The service will consists of scripture readings, hymns, a prayer and an individual blessing for each animal.
Broome said all pets are welcome. Even horses and larger animals are welcome if they can be safely controlled.
"It doesn't matter, whatever they show up with," said Broome, adding that all animals must be on leashes, in cages or otherwise controlled. "It'll be interesting to do just to see what kind of pets people are going to bring."
Broome said the idea for the event came from a church member.
Understanding that to many owners pets are considered part of the family, Broome decided to hold the event in the spring.
"They are a lot of comfort for people," he said.
The event will be canceled if it rains Saturday.
For more information, call the church at (706) 556-3299.
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