It is World Animal Week from 4-10th October... and many churches all over the world will be holding services like this to bless the animals ... I liked this flyer for the service in the Auckland Cathedral on Sunday.
Christchurch will be holding one too - in the square...
On Sunday 4 October, the Cathedral Square will be filled with the voices of cats, dogs, goats, ponies, and everything else in between when the Paws on Parade gets underway at 2.30pm to celebrate World Animal Day. The parade will be followed with a Blessing of the Animals service at 3pm in the Christchurch Cathedral to celebrate St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. This is a fun outing for people and animals of all ages and breeds!
Adults and children are invited to bring their pets to join the Paws on Parade procession, which starts at 2.30 and then participate in the Blessing of the Animals service at 3pm.
Animals lovers and pet owners can join in the fun with or without their pets. See more at the local SPCA website:
Even if attending a service is not for you, WSPA World Animal Week is still a celebration of animals that helps to raise awareness and standards of animal welfare worldwide. It is a chance to help make the world a safer, more compassionate place for all animals. There is no limit to what you can do; the important thing is to take part – and to have fun!
For World Animal Week 2009 WSPA is supporting the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) fund and the Nyaru Menteng Sanctuary, home to over 650 orphaned and injured orangutans.
You can also help by getting involved with some of the causes in your own part of the world and spreading the word in blogs and facebook - try this link :)
Meanwhile, have fun with your own pets!