TEL AVIV – Dog owners in Tel Aviv were invited on Monday to bring their dogs to a screening of a film sure to bring a hint of recognition to the canine members of the audience.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality arranged what was being billed as a first-of-its-kind event for pets and their owners to attend a special screening of the hit movie “The Secret Life of Pets.”

The screening was held at Roof Top Cinema of the Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

“It is an amazing event, we have 25,000 people in Tel Aviv that have dogs and we decided to do an amazing event just for them. People who have dogs can come here and enjoy a fun evening with their dogs,” said Ruth Hayat, one of the organizers.

In a written statement, the municipality said that “The Secret Life of Pets” has been recognized as the big hit of the summer of 2016, and about 200,000 people have seen the film in Israel to date.

Dog owners were happy to attend the event.

“I came here for this event, it's a very nice one, people come here with their pets and having fun together,” said Dafnah Abraham, one of the dog owners.

“We were invited to come here and see the movie together with the dog and I think it is really cool because it's so unusual,” said Ilya Liz, another dog owner.

The statement also said that an “Urban Sanctuary” had been declared more than a decade ago and throughout the city public welfare volunteers help find shelter for homeless pets.

In addition, spaying and neutering programs for homeless cats are funded by the municipality, and veterinary treatment for homeless animals is available 24/7. Reuters

All dogs allowed at ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ screening in Tel Aviv