Take a pew - and paws for thought

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.

There could be howling and mewing in the Halifax Minster pews this weekend.

All creatures great and small will be gathered in the congregation at the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch eighth animal blessing service to be held on Sunday October 4 at 2.30 pm to celebrate World Animal Day.

Poems and readings will be said by RSPCA trustees, staff and volunteers.

The previous services have attracted a vast array of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, a bird of prey, hens and a pony.

Many of the animals that will be coming along to the service have been rescued by the RSPCA after suffering from neglect and ill-treatment.

A spokesperson for the branch said: “The animals have been given a second chance and have found new homes so it will be a pleasure to see them again at this special occasion.” Also expected to attend are pets on the Elderly Animal Rehoming Scheme (EARS) along with their owners.

Owners should ensure that all pets are well behaved and properly restrained, dogs on leads, cats in baskets and equines must be unshod to be allowed inside.