(Seguin) -- Pumpkins and puppies will all be available for the pickin' at the First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch. Special blessings will also be bestowed upon all local animals and pets in the community. Plans are in place for the second annual Blessing of the Animals & Pumpkins and Puppies at FUMC. Helping to host the event by bringing some furry friends -- available for adoption -- is the Seguin Animal Services.
Andrea Mangold, of Seguin Animal Services, says the shelter is again excited about matching up dogs with a new family while all supporting the efforts of the local church.
"We're doing discounted adoptions for our animals. It's $50 to adopt. They are fully vetted. They have been spayed and neutered and rabies vaccinated. They have their DHLP and de-wormed and everything. You get your pumpkins there from First United Methodist Church and those pumpkins that you purchase -- the money goes back towards the Navaho Indians. Those Navaho Indians, they grow those pumpkins all year long and distribute those to the churches to sell for them. The Navaho Indians get that money back and they live off of that throughout the year so it's very important for the churches to sell those pumpkins for them to benefit them as it is for us to get our puppies adopted to the public to clear our shelter out. We started this last year to clear the shelter and get the pumpkins sold to help everybody," said Mangold.
In addition to the pet adoption, families are invited to enjoy a petting zoo, cotton candy, face painting and coloring contest.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at FUMC located at 710 N. Austin St. Pet owners are reminded to have all dogs on a leash. All other pets must also be in a carrier.