Animals flock to church for the RSPCA blessing

A congregation of 200 animal lovers and their beloved pets attended the RSPCA ceremony at Halifax Minster in celebration of World Animal Day.

RSPCA animal blessing service at Halifax Minster. Chris Quinn with Buddy, left, and Sue Blackwell with Gideon.

RSPCA animal blessing service at Halifax Minster. Chris Quinn with Buddy, left, and Sue Blackwell with Gideon.

Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals came together in a special service to give thanks to and recognise animals which play a loving and important role in the lives of their owners.

Halifax RSPCA trustee Kath Airey said: “The ceremony gave thanks to animals past and present in celebration of the annual and global World Animal Day.”

Churchgoers enjoyed hymns such as All Things Bright and Beautiful.

In the centenary year post World War One, Kath said the service also paid respects and thanks to the 9,000 horses who lost their lives for humans in the conflict. The day also paid thanks to bomb sniffer dogs in modern day conflicts and to guide dogs which make a vast difference to the lives of disabled men, women and children.