Pets will be celebrated at an animal blessing service to be held at St Mark’s Church in Longwood.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch has organised the Huddersfield Animal Blessing Service on Sunday March 12 (3pm-4pm).

Vicar Simon Crook will lead the service which will feature a fun ‘animal noise quiz’, hymns and animal-themed readings from RSPCA staff and representatives.

Fay Gibbons, community fundraiser at the local RSPCA branch, said: “Our Huddersfield Animal Blessing Service with St Mark’s is very special to us and there’s no other event quite like this in the area.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our pets and animal companions by bringing them into the church to enjoy the service with us.

“If your pet has passed over the rainbow bridge or may find it too difficult to physically attend, then Vicar Simon is happy to bless a photo too. We can’t wait to see new and familiar faces this year.”

All types of animals are invited, but the branch and church ask that dogs are kept on leads and small animals – such as cats, rabbits and other small furries, reptiles or birds – are kept safe by remaining in pet carriers.

The local RSPCA Animal Centre is entirely self-funded and hopes to raise awareness of the animal welfare work it does within the district. All proceeds raised on the day will be split between the branch and the church.

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