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All God's creatures .. Ready for the animal blessing at St Luke's church in Oamaru are Rev Andrea McDougall with Chloe (13), Zara (8) and Harry (15) Wilson, Buddy the dog, and Pumpkin the cat. PHOTO: DAVID SUTTON

Thank God for pets.

The annual “blessing of the animals” will be held at St Luke’s church in Oamaru on Sunday morning.

Each year, the North Otago SPCA and St Luke’s have combined to hold an animal blessing service to recognise the importance of pets in people’s lives.

The service is held on a Sunday near St Francis of Assisi Day, as the saint is renowned for his love of animals.

Rev Andrea McDougall, the vicar of St Luke’s, said over the years people had brought a range of pets to St Luke’s for a blessing – including a kid goat, a snail, and a wooden giraffe.

Donations of wet kitten food will be collected for the SPCA.

Sylvia Spruce, one of Oamaru’s SPCA volunteers, plans to bring her canine companion, and said she was looking forward to meeting the animals and their owners at the service.

This year’s pet blessing service is at 10.30am on Sunday at St Luke’s.

Everyone is welcome to come along, and to bring a pet if they have one.

There will be a morning tea (or bowl of water and a dog biscuit) afterwards.

As usual, owners are kindly requested to clean up any mishaps from their animals at the time of deposit.