You can get your pet blessed at a church in Vancouver this Sunday


Shaughnessy’s St. John’s Anglican Church is welcoming Vancouver’s four-legged friends with a special service this weekend.

St. John’s Shaughnessy archdeacon John Stephens and reverend Liz Hamet gave Cody the Doberman coonhound communion in the form of a treat while owner Ali Zahedi looked on during the 2016 Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Photo by Rebecca Blissett

The church is holding its annual Blessing of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. The yearly event is held in honour of St. Francis, patron saint of the environment and animals, and to bless anyone’s pets.

The church has once again invited the Vancouver Orphaned Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), which will be there with lots in kittens. All proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to VOKRA.

The service lasts about 45 minutes. All dogs must be kept on leashes and other pets should be in carriers.

St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church is located at 1490 Nanton Ave. (at Granville Street).

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