Blessed are the dogs, cats and ducks
Barking, bleating, meowing and clucking will join the chorus of thanks at St Matthew-in-thecity on Sunday.
The annual Blessing of the Animals service will be held in honour of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
Dogs, cats, donkeys, calves, sheep, chickens, ducks and others are invited to join the service, with their human friends.
This year the annual event also marks the Auckland SPCA’s 125th anniversary.
Chief executive Bob Kerridge says it’s a chance to give thanks for the dedicated staff and tireless volunteers who have worked on behalf of Auckland’s animals.
Sunday’s service features performances by Elizabeth Marvelly, the Heaven Bent Gospel Choir, and a multi-species version of All Things Bright and Beautiful.
Festivities begin with a walk of animals and their owners up Queen St to St Matthew, accompanied by bagpipes and vintage motor vehicles.
People and animals joining the walk should assemble at Queen Elizabeth II Square at 11.30am for an 11.45am start. The service begins at 12.30pm.
Blessed rest: A dog enjoys a quiet moment at the Blessing of the Animals service at St Matthew-in-the-city.