Every Sunday, in the parish of Saint Ana Gravata, in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, Padre Joao Paulo Araujo Gomez opens the door to all comers, but stray dogs are allowed here any day of the week.
Padre Joao is a big lover of animals and in his dreams he will find worthy hosts for all street dogs.
“They can always come here to sleep, eat, drink water. Here they will find refuge and protection, because this is God's house and they are also God's creations” (Good news about animals – goodnewsanimal.ru).
Padre also monitors the health of dogs and each of them is regularly examined by a veterinarian. If the animal is injured, it is treated. The dog, which the parishioners will take to themselves, must be healthy and with all the necessary vaccinations. Sometimes puppies or kittens are thrown into the church in boxes and they are primarily trying to find a family.
Acts of Padre really bear fruit, the number of street dogs in this area has been greatly reduced since the moment he began his activities. The Internet also helps the priest in this – he regularly uploads photos of dogs to his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Padre Joao himself set a good example and sheltered several dogs. Now they live at his house.
In addition to helping animals, the Parish of Saint-Ana Gravata provides assistance to low-income families and children. They collect things, food and toys for them.
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