For over 30 years Ely Cathedral has hosted an annual service in celebration of animals.
This year there will be a special tribute to one of Ely’s most notable residents, Garfield the cat, who sadly died in July. The author Cate Caruth, who’s published book, ‘What’s That doing there?’, is a collection of short stories featuring the fictionalised adventures of Garfield, will be giving a short address at the service about Ely’s world famous cat!
As in previous years the Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming numerous pets including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, donkeys and alpacas. This informal service will also acknowledge and celebrate the work of working animals and animal charities. All proceeds from the event will benefit Woodgreen Animal Shelter, The Donkey Sanctuary, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Blue Cross, all of whom will be represented.
Led by Canon James Garrard and Canon Jessica Martin with the help of her rescue dog, Gonzo(pictured), this family friendly service and blessing celebrates all animals with whom we share our planet. There will be musical accompaniment by the Ely Cathedral Children’s Choir, The Ely Imps.
“ Ely Cathedral is an animal friendly space and everyone is welcome. The church cares about, and respects, all God’s creatures, great and small. This annual service is one of the highlights for many residents and a vital part of our mission and outreach strategy and a means of reaching out to the local community” says Canon Jessica, who is looking forward to participating with her dog, Gonzo.
Everyone is welcome at Ely Cathedral Animal Service which takes place on Sunday 22nd September at 2.00pm.
Press release from Ely Cathedral