Reverend Al Deal is inviting parishioners to bring their pets to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Smithsburg.
Deal is an animal lover who comes from a family of animal lovers.
Deal and his wife and two children share their home for with two cats, a bunny and a beagle.
Deal says to pet lovers, the animals are part of the family.
So, he asks, "why not invite them to church?"
Deal tells The Herald-Mail if the service goes well, he might consider inviting dogs to Sunday school.