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Peterborough to host unique pet blessing

Wood Green Animal Shelter, which is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, will be holding its annual pet service at Peterborough Cathedral for the first time in the event’s 17 year history on 23rd May.

The event which is usually held at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire has moved location and the animal welfare charity are hoping to see the regular 1,000 people and their pets coming to the cathedral in Peterborough to be blessed by the Archdeacon of Oakham, The Venerable David Painter. Animals of all breeds, type and sizes attend the event each year including Wood Green's very own Penpal pets mascot; miniature Shetland pony Noddy and his friend and companion Max the Shire horse.

A procession of working animals from a variety of animal welfare organisations will lead the ceremony which will be followed by numerous hymns and the Blessing of the animals.

Blair McPhee, Events Coordinator for Wood Green Animal Shelters said of the event: "it's great to see so many people come back to this event each year, and in turn help to support the work of Wood Green."

The event will begin at 3.30pm on Sunday 23rd May 2004 and is open for all members of the public and their animals.