Blessing of the Animals
Trinity United Methodist Church is holding its 11th annual Blessing of the Animals service May 5, 4:00 p.m., on the front lawn, with music, prayer and presentations by two animal rescue organizations. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to bring their pets for a special blessing.
Dee Howe, founder of Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, will talk about her longstanding work to rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals in the Greater Springfield area. These animals include raccoons, skunks, porcupines, squirrels, foxes and other mammals. Howe will bring some of the animals that are currently in her care. We invite attendees to bring dry puppy food or dry kitten food, which are nutritionally well-suited for wild animals.
Kim George, founder and president of Kane’s Krusade, will talk about her organization’s mission to help people who are struggling financially to keep their dogs, many of which are pit bulls. “These are the dogs and the owners who are falling through the cracks,” George wrote on her website. “We go right into their homes, bringing resources, information and opportunity where they live, removing barriers.” Kane’s Krusade was recently featured on NBC’s “Left Field” program. We invite attendees to donate canned dog food, which is always in short supply at Kane’s Krusade.
“This is one of the most joyful events we have at Trinity every year,” said Rev. John Mueller, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. “It’s a wonderful way to connect with our community, celebrate the wonder and richness that animals bring to our lives, and support organizations that work so hard to care for them.”