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Animals to be blessed in Ely Cathedral

A scene from the 2003 service at Ely

Wood Green Animal Shelters will be returning to Ely Cathedral for their annual Pet Service this April after an absence of two years.

The animal welfare charity has been conducting their ceremony for the past 19 years and for the last two years has held the service at Peterborough Cathedral.

Returning to the beautiful city of Ely has already proved very popular with supporters of the charity and the shelter is expecting old and new friends attending the event.

Wood Green decided to hold the event back at Ely to encourage more supporters from the Cambridge and Ely area to come to the event.

Linda Arnold, Community Fundraiser for Wood Green Animal Shelters said, "This is an extremely popular event in the Wood Green calendar, and we are delighted to be returning to Ely Cathedral. I am eager to see all of the animals who will attend this year; we regularly have unusual pets including owls, and even ferrets."

The service will be held at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 29th April at 2.30pm, and will include a variety of hymns and poems. A number of animals will be attending from Wood Green including some of the animals who have been rehomed by members of Wood Green staff. The event is free for people to come along to and there will be a collection in aid of the Charity and Ely Cathedral during the service.

The event coincides with this years' National Pet Week which is launched on 29th April, this aims to promote responsible pet ownership and communicate the value of pets for people, and people for pets.

For further information about the Pet Service please contact the shelter on 08701 90 40 90.