A Blessing of the Animals will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. The annual event is held in memory of St. Francis of Assissi. All are welcome to attend with their animal companions, large or small.
In past years, a great variety of pets, and some farm animals have joined the service, including llamas, donkeys, birds, as well as dogs and cats. Small children may bring their stuffed animals.
The service will be held on the lawn of the church. Chairs will be provided, and families may also bring blankets for seating on the ground.