First ever animal blessing

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Mountains Animal Sanctuary is hosting an animal blessing on Sunday (April 29) and is urging owners of all creatures great and small to pop along with their pets.

The 40 minute service, which begins at 3pm at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, Milton of Ogil, Glenogil, will be conducted by Reverend Andy McCafferty from St John’s Church, Forfar.

There will be hymns and prayers as well as an individual blessing for each of the pets and their owners. This is the first service of its kind to take place in the Angus area and is aimed at strengthening the spiritual bonds between animals and owners.

Some of Mountain’s residents will be blessed, including Dayzee, the sanctuary’s Fallabella who was born with a luxating patella resulting in her hips dislocating easily.

Pam Taylor, General Manager at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, said: “As we are extremely passionate about animals, we are delighted to be hosting the blessing – the first of its kind in the area. Animals, no matter what shape or size, are extremely important to the lives of individuals; some provide so much joy and companionship, while others help people lead a more fulfilled life.

“We hope to see lots of local residents come along with their pets, but dogs must be on a lead and cats and other small animals must be in a carrier – we don’t want them breaking free and running into the horse fields!”

The Rev. Andy McCafferty, said: “This is the first animal blessing I will conduct and I’m looking forward to it. The congregation will be slightly different from my usual Sunday Service, but nonetheless, it will be very entertaining.”

The animal blessing is free to attend, but Mountains will have collection tins.