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Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society Hosts Match, Blessing

West Windsor — A “fun match” today at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society will offer dogs and their owners a chance to practice competition skills under the guidance of professional judges. A blessing of the animals is scheduled for next month at the humane society.

The annual fun match, open to dogs of all breeds and experience levels, starts at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the shelter, 4832 Route 44, West Windsor. It includes practice and competitions in three categories — obedience, agility and rally.

The cost is $10 for the first entry and $5 for the second entry.

The shelter will offer a free interfaith Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Participants may bring their well-behaved animals or photographs of their animals.

The 30-minute ceremony will also memorialize “animal companions who are no longer with us and those creatures who have, unfortunately, been subjected to inhumane, neglectful and/or unethical treatment,” the humane society said.

The ceremony will be followed by tours of the human society.

Presenters will include the Rev. Norman MacLeod, of St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock; Rabbi Ilene Haigh, of Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock; Michael Barr, an elder from Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Windsor; and Bill Sheldon and Diane Hall, the pastor and music director, respectively, of Brownsville Community Church.

Donations of hay and feed, dog and cat food, kitty litter, food bowls, dog beds, leashes and collars will be collected for the humane society’s Animals-in-Need Food Shelf.

For more information, go to www.lucymac.org or call 802-484-5829.
— Staff report