All ears at an­nual bless­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Heather McCracken

Crea­tures great and small gath­ered for the Bless­ing of the An­i­mals in Auck­land on Sun­day.

Dogs, cats, don­keys, rats, and cat­tle joined the fes­tiv­i­ties at St Matthew-in-theCity with their own­ers.

SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ker­ridge says the high­land cat­tle were among his favourite non-hu­man guests at the an­nual event.

“We also had a lovely ar­ray of dogs, cats, mice and birds,” he says.

“Of course, when All Crea­tures Great and Small was sung, all of them joined in. It was a lovely ca­coph­ony.”

The ser­vice marks the Feast of St Fran­cis of As­sisi, and this year also cel­e­brated the 125th an­niver­sary of the Auck­land SPCA.

Singer El­iz­a­beth Marvelly per­formed a song she recorded for the SPCA an­niver­sary, called You’re Al­ways There For Me.

“That was ac­com­pa­nied by a video clip of the SPCA at work with an­i­mals. It was a lovely, mov­ing mo­ment,” Mr Ker­ridge says.

The ser­vice was pre­ceded by a pa­rade of an­i­mals and own­ers along Queen St to the church.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Hee-haw: Awa­puni Hugo the don­key, from Drury, at the Bless­ing of the An­i­mals at St Matthew-in-the-City on Sun­day.

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