ALL creatures great and small will be celebrated at a service for pets at Huddersfield Parish Church this month.
The church is teaming up with the Huddersfield branch of the RSPCA to give thanks for creation and pray for the welfare of all animals.
The service, which will include a blessing of pets, will be at 2.30pm on Sunday, October 12.
It follows the success of the first-ever animal welfare service at the church last year.
Ill-treatment of animals by humans is reflected in the 18,546 complains in Yorkshire and the North-East that RSPCA inspectors investigated last year.
More than 670 animals were rescued and 194 people prosecuted for animal cruelty.
The Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle said: "I am delighted the RSPCA have asked us to host this service.
"It is important we remember the responsibility we have as stewards of God's creation and the respect animals deserve.
"Last year, many people loved having the opportunity of bringing their pet to church."
The Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Barbara Allonby, and representatives of animal aid and welfare organisations will be at the service.
The service will be followed by light refreshments for animals and their owners. Dogs should be on leads and small pets in secure containers.