St Matthew-in-the-City will echo with woofs, meows and a variety of other sounds this Sunday as creatures great and small come together for the annual Blessing of the Animals.
The ceremony organised by the Auckland SPCA honours St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, and is an opportunity to celebrate the joy animals bring to people’s lives.
“The Blessing of the Animals service is a truly joyful occasion,” says SPCA executive director Bob Kerridge.
The service starts at 1pm and is preceded by the Great Animal Walk along Queen St and up Wellesley St to the church.
Those participating in the march should assemble in Queen Elizabeth Square at noon for a 12.15pm start.
A candle of remembrance will also be lit to commemorate animals that have died, especially those killed through cruelty and violence.
A similar service will also take place in Pt Chevalier at the Anglican Church of the Ascension, 11 Dignan St, starting at 10am this Sunday.
Dogs and larger animals attending the services must be kept on leads and other smaller animals should be suitably contained.