Father Joao Paulo Arujo Gomes has all the time cherished canines. He has rescued three fur kids and fosters much more. His coronary heart has all the time gone out to the strays in his group so he determined to step up and assist the undesirable canines discover love.
He obtained the thought sooner or later after some cookies had been overlooked after mass. When hungry canines puzzled in and wolfed up the treats, he realized he may assist shelter and discover properties for the road canines. He puzzled if maybe his parishioners can be touched by the canine’s plight as a lot as he was.
Since then, his church, the Paróquia de Sant’Ana Gravatá in Gravatá, has welcomed the strays and permits them to remain for mass. Throughout Mass, the canines are allowed to freely roam the church and even sit by the Alter.
“They’ll all the time be capable to enter, sleep, eat, drink their water and discover shelter and safety, for this home is of God and they’re of God,” Father Gomes mentioned on his Fb web page.
The results of the canines and parishioners mingling collectively within the church is that 96 stray canines had been adopted in 6 months. A foster house has additionally been arrange within the rectory the place the strays are sheltered and given meals and water. They’re additionally offered veterinary care, if wanted.
“I helped a number of canines with severe well being issues. A few of them I dropped at the parish home they usually had been later adopted. Three of them stayed with me. Right this moment, they’re my childrena and sleep in my mattress,” he mentioned.
For the reason that church began saving canines, the quantity of strays working the streets has dramatically decreased. The congregation is joyful serving to the canines and lots of now have rescued one.
The canines have discovered a trustworthy advocate within the priest, who has no plans to cease working to get them off the streets and into loving properties. What a greater world it might be if communities throughout grew to become so concerned in serving to stray animals.
“Throughout service, we talk about canines of the road, about how one can respect and defend them. The church additionally helps with a castration undertaking (to restrict the variety of stray canines.) We additionally assist canines in emergencies reminiscent of victims of violence or well being issues.”
To study extra about Father Gomes and his animal packages, go to his Facebook Page. Please share his story with your loved ones and associates.