Blessed are the dogs, cats and ducks

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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