Local Parkersburg church offers blessing for pets

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg church opened its doors to four-legged members for a special service.

Trinity Episcopal Church held a blessing for pets Sunday afternoon. Over a dozen residents brought out their dogs and even, turtles, for the service. Each pet received a blessing from the priest for safety and good health.

Pet owners say it's another way for the church to bring the community together.

"I think the message is, you know, you see a lot on church billboards, all are welcome and that includes the pets," parishioner Stephanie Yates said. "Church isn't just Sunday, where you know put your dress clothes on and it's in the morning, it's all week long and it's all different types of activities like blessing of the pets today."

The church offers the blessing every year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, whom Christians recognize as the patron saint of animals.