NORMAN — Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norman will host two free community events for pet enthusiasts.
The first event features Norman veterinarian Dr. John Otto, who will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 about his program, the Dogs of Lexington.
The documentary of the same name, which has been shown on OETA, will be featured.
Otto’s program places rescue dogs from Second Chance with Oklahoma prisoners who train the dogs for placement as therapy dogs and pets. Kay Stout will be in attendance, representing Second Chance of Norman.
The second event is a blessing of the animals from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29.
Pet lovers in the area of all faith persuasions are invited to the church, where each pet will be celebrated with a brief blessing.
Pet owners are asked to have their pets on leashes or in cages or crates.
“People in our community love their pets, and animals are among God’s greatest blessings. Pets are our companions and can be an important part of our spiritual lives. Our church wants to recognize this, as well as our community residents who provide homes and who care for our pets,” the Rev. Tracy Evans said. “My dog, Lily, is a great gift from God and a wonderful companion. My cats think they are God, but that’s a different story.”
Both events are free and open to the Norman community at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave. SW.
For more information, call 329-3640 or visit memorialpres.org.