Limerick Animal Welfare host a Blessing of Animals ceremony
A Limerick Blessing of Animals ceremony took place on Saturday, October 12 with Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick in association with Limerick Animal Welfare.
The green area of St. Michael’s Primary School was the venue for the ceremony with support from the City Hall and An Garda Siochana the ceremony was a lively and fitting service for pets of every shape and size.
Limerick Animal Welfare became a registered charity back in 1983 after years of caring for unwanted animals roaming the city and county of Limerick.
A charity aimed at providing unwanted pets with a home and the best possible care, they follow a ‘No Kill’ policy.
Over the years Limerick Animal Welfare has organized walks, street collections, quiz nights, dance night, etc. to raise funds for these animals.
Depending largely on volunteers the group has three charity shops in the city which bring in a third of their expenses.
Geraldine Gunning committee member and volunteer at the welfare group said: “We have come a long way, we are still that small group of people who had a dream of a Sanctuary but with this dream comes worries and we are constantly raising money and hoping each month the books will balance.”
“We neuter and spay all our animals which cuts down on the increase of unwanted animals in our society. We provide a haven for stray, abused & abandoned animals until we can place them in a suitable loving home if a suitable home is not found they stay in our care for their lifetime,” Ms Gunning added.
At the animal blessing, Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick said, “All these wonderful pets – our friends our family – I believe teach us many things. ”
Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick also mentioned there are four things we need to consider, and that savours the moment. There is only now; Keep focused as what’s most important; Take time to rest. We rush, don’t we? Haven’t we envied the sleeping cat/dog? How do they do it and practice forgiveness? The continuity of their lives takes precedence over reliving or replaying the past.
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