St. Paul’s Parish held the third annual blessing of the animals on Saturday, in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, who was an animal lover. Parishioners and community members gathered at the church with their pets as priests blessed them with holy water. Among the pets blessed were dogs, cats, fish and a guinea pig.
On Sunday people brought their snakes, dogs, tarantulas and other pets to the Malate church in Manila for the annual blessing of animals. As prayers were offered, the pets in attendance were gently sprinkled with holy water.
Both sorrow and gratitude to the animals who have passed fill every blessing ceremony. This reflects our desire to see the day when every animal is loved and honored as an individual. I hope you feel a sense of that as you watch the video.
The Pacific Animal Therapy Society was founded in 1988 by Sadey Guy, and operates as an active animal therapy program on southern Vancouver Island.
P.A.T.S. volunteers take their pets to visit at retirement homes, hospitals and other facilities where residents benefit from interaction with pets. All P.A.T.S. therapy pets are behavior tested before they are accepted into the program.
One such visit was to the Mount Newton Adult Day Care Center in Saanichton, BC. where Sadey Guy with four dogs, two cats and a llama were filmed by Shaw Cable.
This video was made available to P.A.T.S. and is used with the kind permission of Shaw Cable in Victoria, BC