Children across Cumbria have been pictured alongside their pets for a new exhibition.

Pictures taken by Lake District photographer Glynis Bland featuring 200 of the cutest dogs, kittens, hamsters, ponies – and even a barn owl - will go on display at the RSPCA Hall in Kendal this summer.

The project, 200 Pets for 200 years, is celebrating the bicentenary of the RSPCA but is also a fundraising effort for the independent RSPCA Westmorland branch to help animals in their care.

Glynis has been taking the photos for the last few months at the RSPCA Hall and, in the case of larger pets, out on location.

Kids across Cumbria have gotten involvedKids across Cumbria have gotten involved (Image: Glynis Bland)

She has around 150 portraits already but there are still a few spaces available with more kids encouraged to get involved with the project.

Glynis said: “Capturing the bond between children and their pets can be a very precious memory for families.

“If it’s the sort of pet that has to stay at home – a pony or a goat or a hen – that’s not a problem, we can come to you.”

Photographer Glynis has been visiting some of the larger pets at their homesPhotographer Glynis has been visiting some of the larger pets at their homes (Image: Glynis Bland)

The photographer is a trustee of the Westmorland branch and has a track record of fundraising for the organisation and other charities.

A previous exhibition documenting people aged from one to 100 raised thousands for Macmillan Cancer, Bay Search and Rescue, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

This time, the photoshoot for each child and their pet is free, and their family will receive one free digital image.

They will also have the chance to buy others from the portfolio with Glynis also hoping to produce a book of the photos at a later date. 

Animals large and small will be showcased at the exhibition in SeptemberAnimals large and small will be showcased at the exhibition in September (Image: Glynis Bland)

Branch administrator Hayley Stalker added: “We are delighted that Glynis is helping our animals in this very novel and fun way.

"The children are loving getting involved and are having a wonderful time being photographed with their pets."

Four Cumbrian schools are involved in the project so far - St Martin and St Mary, and St Cuthbert’s in Windermere, Staveley School, and Crosthwaite Primary. 

There will be opportunities for donations at the gala exhibition on September 29.

If you would like your child and their pet to take part, you can contact Glynis on 071919 201711.