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Rev. Kris Leaman blesses two dogs at the Animal Blessings 2019 event. The event will take place on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the parking lot of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1007 First Ave. S.

The St. Mark Episcopal Church parking lot will go to the dogs and other pets this Sunday for their annual animal blessing event.

Ordinarily, the animal blessing in the Episcopal Church takes place on the first Sunday in October, according to Pastor Kristine Leaman.

“It’s a sweet tradition for people to bring their pets,” she said. “At the last church I was in, one of the parishioners even brought bees to be blessed.”

Leaman said people can bring pets from “Tarantulas, horses and everything in between” be blessed.

Leaman said St. Mark Episcopal Church works with Grace Lutheran Church every year. Sometimes they host the event at St. Mark’s, and other years they did it at Grace Lutheran’s.

Leaman said several years ago they decided to raise a collection at the event for donations to the Fast Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa. Leaman said it was a great opportunity for her church to help the ward. At the event there will be a donation box to collect donations for Fast Home again. Currently, items such as cat litter, cat food, hard dog toys, fleece blankets, dish soap, bleach, paper towels, garbage bags, postage stamps, envelopes, sticky notes, and much more are needed.

The animal blessing will take place on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 1007 First Avenue in Fort Dodge.

The event is open to the community and they ask event attendees to bring lounge chairs and keep pets either in a cage or stretcher or on a leash.

If it rains, the event will be postponed to October 10th.

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