On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Mills River Presbyterian Church will host its 14th Annual Blessing of the Pets at 10am on the church grounds for all types of pets — dogs, cats, rabbits and any other pets people would like to bring.
The half-hour service celebrates the life of both current and former pets. Residents of Henderson County and throughout the Asheville area are invited to bring their cherished pets to the outdoor blessing. A highlight of the service is the individual blessings that are bestowed on the animals. The popular pet blessing event is held on the shaded front lawn of Mills River Presbyterian Church. People are invited to bring chairs or blankets to relax on the lawn during the service. Dogs should be on leashes and cats in crates.
Recreating the Rainbow Bridge
As part of this year’s service people with have the opportunity to remember and recognize cherished pets that are no longer with them. Brightly-painted rocks, created by the children of the church, will be available for people to write the names on of past pets. Then, the rocks may be placed under a “Rainbow Bridge” for the event. After the service, the recognition rocks will be placed on the church property as a permanent reminder of the past pets.
As is the tradition with the Pet Blessing event, each pet will receive their own personal blessing. Rev. Megan McMillan, the dog mother to two rescue dogs, will lead the service and offer the individual blessings. Special messages, prayers and readings will be shared during the service.
Because pets are our comforters, companions and friends, Mills River Presbyterian Church encourages people to bring pets of all ages.
A free will love offering called the “Dog Bowl Donation” will be collected during the service to benefit the New Hope program at Blue Ridge Humane Society. People may also contribute canned or bagged pet food. The non-profit organization has worked to match people and adoptable animals in our area for the past 70 years.