Perfect Paws is a unique ministry and outreach for people of all faiths and their beloved animal companions!
We welcome you and your household animals to share in community with us -- to worship, pray, sing, and remember beloved animals who have died. Together, we also celebrate the blessing of new animals that grace our lives, as we foster an attitude of joy and gratitude for all creation.
In addition to our monthly worship service -- the third Sunday or each month, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., in Parish Hall -- we offer certified pet loss bereavement counseling, free of charge (email for information or an appointment). Our on-going support for the Danvers People to People Food Bank, through our community-wide collections of pet food and supplies, for people who find it difficult to provide for beloved animal companions, has raised nearly three tons for pet food in the last two years.
The Perfect Paws partnership with Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts, enables us to offer therapy dog workshops, certification and deployment throughout the north shore, for visits to people in need at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and at schools and colleges, where our teams works with children who are reluctant and beginning readers, special needs learners and students who need to de-stress because of exams or other circumstances.
Our once-monthly Perfect Paws Pet Ministry newsletter (read samples below and subscribe) goes to people all over the world who have opted in, and "Paper Animal Prayers" people submit by email -- for those animal friends suffering from illness or those recently deceased -- allow our congregation to offer healing prayers for their people.
Our Pet Chaplain provides bolstering support through Veterinary Companioning for people whose animals are ill, facing surgery or euthanasia.
HELP SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY. We offer comfort, joy and community for all who love animals through:
Download our brochure for more info.
Watch our services 'live' on Facebook the third Sunday of each month.
• To offer a loving, supportive community for humans going through life transitions with their pets, including animal adoptions, fostering, rescue, trauma, illness and euthanasia.
• To minister to the needs of humans dealing with the loss of companion animals through our pet loss bereavement program.
• To certify and deploy Therapy Dog teams, in partnership with Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA, to provide love, comfort and companionship to all who seek it.
• To inspire collaboration with local organizations for the good of all animals and the humans who care for them.
Sample one of our first services on video. Perfect Paws was launched in May, 2010, prior to the creation of All Saints North Shore through merger with Calvary and St. Paul's Episcopal churches.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8, 15 (snow date Dec. 22), from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at All Saints Shore, 46 Cherry St., Danvers, MA 01923. Maximum enrollment is eight.
Workshop fee is $50 per dog registered.
Sunday, November 18, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. light a candle of a beloved animal friend you have lost. Sing, pray and share in this beautiful service of love and remembrance. It takes place in Parish Hall, the second red door from the corner. All faiths and no faiths are welcome with their household animals.
We welcome people of all faiths -- with their household animals --the third Sunday of each month, from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
The Rev. Marya DeCarlen presiding
Live music by Steve O'Connell