On Saturday morning, Oct. 2, the sun shown brightly through the towering steel of the First United Methodist Church sanctuary frame as the congregation welcomed furry four-legged friends to the "Blessing of the Animals" service.
In downtown Memphis, on the corner of Second and Poplar, church members, neighbors, friends, and animal lovers from all parts of Shelby County, led their beloved pets to this joyous event, conducted by First Church Senior Pastor Rev. Scott Alford.
Several families who have adopted dogs from the Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option, Inc. brought their sleek, long-legged greyhounds.
Memphis Police Department's K-9 Unit Officer Darrel Williams and his dog, Wolf, and Downtown Precinct Officers Sara Garner and Alison Howard also attended the event.