She founded the first church for… animals. She performs wedding ceremonies and also funerals for them!

Animals are becoming more and more important in people’s lives, they’re no longer considered food and are becoming our friends and family members.

As research shows, young couples are increasingly deciding not to have a child, but a dog or a cat. Different animals become companions for different people. Both adults and children receive company not only from cats and dogs, but also squirrels, hedgehogs and pigs. We take care of them, take them to the veterinarian, take them for cosmetic visits, or even put braces on their teeth.

She founded the first church for... animals. She performs wedding ceremonies and also funerals for them! 2

Many people prefer contact with animals over people. They take care of them and consider them to be a member of the family. People aren’t that surprised when others organize birthday parties for their animals, or that there are special parks where they can spend time together. With certainty we can say that animals bring us a lot of joy, especially for lonely people who can talk to them, spend time with them and simply have someone to live for.

However, the idea that Shirley Wakefield came up with may still be controversial to many people. The 57-year-old founded a church for animals and declared herself a pastor for animals.

How she became motivated to do this and what it really does, you’ll read about on the next page.

She founded the first church for... animals. She performs wedding ceremonies and also funerals for them! 3


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