Support groups for those grieving after the loss of a loved one, or caring for an ailing family member, are not unusual.
But recognizing the strong bond between people and their pets, members of North United Methodist Church go a step further, reaching out to those dealing with the illness or death of four-legged friends.
Bob Schultz came up with the idea for the ministry after seeing an upset pet owner at a local veterinary clinic.
â€œThis young man was crying and so we were sitting there talking and said a little prayer,â€ he says. â€œAnd they just didnâ€™t expect for his dog to live.â€
Soon after that meeting, the Pet Caretakersâ€™ Ministry was launched, meeting once a month at the church. North United Methodist has also expanded its 24-hour prayer line (812-493-4487) to include prayers for pets and their owners.