Animal blessing ceremonies were held at Good Samaritan Church in Pinellas Park and in Tampa during the Annual Community Pet Blessing at Wellspring United Methodist Church on Sunday.
Wellspring United Methodist Church has been doing pet blessings for seven years in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
"St. Francis of Assisi is the Catholic patron saint of animals, but his heart was for all of nature and creation," the Rev. Melanie Fierbagh said. "We wanted to invite everyone into God's presence and thought of this as a way for people to encounter God without having to enter the sanctuary."
The event involved many local pet shops, vendors and adoption agencies.