CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Matthew's Episcopal and St. Timothy's in-the-Valley Episcopal churches will host "Blessing of the Pets" this weekend.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will offer its annual "Blessing of the Pets" at 4 p.m. Saturday on the lawn beside the church, located at 36 Norwood Rd. in South Hills. The event is held annually on the Saturday closest to St. Francis Day (Oct. 4), according to St. Matthew's priest-in-charge, Father John Hagan. People are encouraged to bring any and all their pets for a blessing. Dogs and cats are the most common; however, horses, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, and fish have made appearances over the years. Prayers are also offered for pets that have passed. The service lasts about 10 minutes. All pets are welcome, but dogs, especially, need to be leashed and under control by owners. Each pet is blessed individually as part of the service. For more information, call St. Matthew's at 304-343-3837 for more information.St. Timothy's in-the-Valley Episcopal Church will have its Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, located at 3434 Teays Valley Rd. in Hurricane. The annual event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. The public is invited to bring its pets, foster animals and even stuffed friends of any sort to receive a blessing. Although donations are not required, any donations of cat food and litter will be given to Meow Cat Rescue. Donations of dog food and supplies will be brought to the Putnam County Animal Shelter. The Rev. Cheryl Winter will lead the service.