Coast Pets Get A Special Blessing

Thanks to some loving pet owners, more than a dozen dogs and cats got a little Divine Intervention Sunday. The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer held its annual Blessing of the Pets ceremony.

Some were anxious,others were edgy,but all of the animals were in line for a blessing.

"Today we are celebrating the feast of St. Francis, which normally falls on the 6th of October, this Thursday and we transferred it to Sunday. We have a blessing of the animals. Francis had a great affection for God and creation,and we've been doing this for many, may years," said Father Harold Roberts of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

The Blessing of the Pets began long before Lucy was born.  She's a puppy from the Humane Society.

"Lucy, like many of our animals, has had a hard life already. She's only two months old. She's kind of malnourished because someone didn't take care of her, and I brought her because I thought what better way to start a life than a blessing," said Anne Anderson of the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

About a dozen dogs, and two cats, were blessed at the ceremony, and Father Roberts says he's blessed all sorts of animals over the years.

"I've seen parrots. I've seen tarantulas. I've seen gerbils here, that's about the extent--there was one snake here, I guess my second year here". "The message is that we are stewards of God's creation,we have a responsibility to care for our pets, and we celebrate the gift of life, " said Roberts.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi also collected food and donations for the animals at the shelter.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi also collected food and donations for animals at the shelter.