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Spotlight on pets this weekend

An opportunity open this weekend will provide area pet owners with the chance to gain some peace of mind in their relationship with their animals.
St. Thomas’ annual Blessing of the Animals celebration, a tradition for more than 100 years, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, and beyond the ceremony of the Episcopal church’s annual observance and blessing, local animal organizations will be on hand. Not the least of which are the Ellis County SPCA, Tails of Hope Pet Rescue and Camp Wolfgang.

They’ll be around to spread word about what it is they do and to try and find some healthy homes for the dogs and cats in their care.

Also, if you’ve ever thought getting your animal microchipped might be a good idea, the SPCA has the answer for you Saturday. With a chip about the size of a grain of rice implanted in your animal’s ear, the SPCA can give you what many pet owners likely believed would be a cost-prohibitive convenience and peace of mind for keeping track of their animals in emergencies.

The chips are connected to a database that stores information about the pet’s owner, such as an address and emergency contact number. If that animal turns up in an animal shelter facility, home could be as close as one ear-scan away.

Maybe the most important thing we can take away from Saturday’s Blessing of the Animals is a stronger connection to our pets. For as long as we have been around, human beings have had a special relationship with domesticated animals, and they give us a wonderous outlet for affection and a connection that cannot be replaced. They are a boon to the infirm and lonely, loyal companions and creatures that give us simple and unfiltered love at times when we need it the most. The SPCA, local veterinarians and organizations like them can help you to give the very best possible to your animals, so we encourage you to take steps to make sure your animals are living up to par, so to speak.

Look into spaying and neutering your pets to help control the population of feral animals living on the streets of Ellis County.

Ennis does a great job of maintaining animal control, but they certainly can use your help in the matter.

Above all, take this weekend as an opportunity to celebrate and care for the pets you keep close to your heart. They are worth the trouble.

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