Pastor Jessica Crane-Munoz blesses Sara Johnson and her cat during last year's ceremony.

Pastor Jessica Crane-Munoz blesses Sara Johnson and her cat during last year’s ceremony.

The Presbyterian Church of Vinton will host a Blessing of the Animals Service on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. This event is open to the community and all ages are welcome.

There will be a short service, followed by a special blessing said for each pet in attendance. Pets who participate will each receive a certificate of blessing with their name on it.  This will be followed by treats for pets and time for socialization.

Past years have included a variety of pets:  dogs, cats, ponies, hamsters, chinchillas, and more.  All pets are welcome.  Pet owners are asked to bring their animals leashed or in carriers.