In Brazil, a priest became famous for welcoming stray dogs during his masses. The goal of his approach is to present these animals to allow them to find a family.
The father Joao Paulo Araujo Gomes is well known to Caruaru, but also now well beyond the limits of this city located in the state of Pernambuco (eastern Brazil). What makes this priest, serving in the local diocese since February 2013, so famous and appreciated, is his love for animals.
As reported Newsweek, in fact, this 51-year-old man regularly rescues stray dogs he finds in his neighborhood and those around him. A post Redditpublished on April 7, talks about it.
We learn there that Joao Paulo Araujo Gomes ” collects dogs abandoned in the streets, feeds them, gives them a bath, then presents one of them at each mass to have it adopted “.
The parishioners have therefore long been accustomed to seeing a canine alongside the priest on Sundays. Many of these quadrupeds, once neglected and left to fend for themselves, ended up finding a loving family thanks to him.
Dozens of Stray Dogs Adopted Thanks to Father Gomes
The publication Reddit indicates, in this regard, that dozens of stray dogs » passed through the mass of the father Joao Paulo Araujo Gomes have been adopted.
The post in question quickly went viral. It garnered 136,000 votes, including 94% upvotes (in favor), and over 1.1 million comments.
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There are many stray dogs in Brazil, where citizens are generally kind to them. According to world society for the protection of animals (World Animal Protection), an international organization devoted to animal welfare, the dog population is estimated at 52.2 million in the country, while that of 22.1 is in the region of 22.1 million. Of these animals, 30 million are strays.