This Priest Brings Stray Dogs To Mass So Families Can Adopt Them

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A kind priest has devised a brilliant way to help the stray and abandoned dogs of his city get adopted

Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes, the head of the parish of Santana in the Brazilian city of Gravatá, started bringing the homeless dogs into his church in order to show them off to potential adoptive families.

The priest became concerned at seeing so many stray dogs and decided he absolutely had to do something to help them.

Every Sunday he takes them into his rectory and actually brings them into the church to make them a part of his service.

The dogs often fall asleep on the altar, and are petted and doted on by his congregation. The idea is that the parishioners see the dogs and fall in love with them. That way the dogs can find a forever home.

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His kind dea has worked out perfectly.

He explained to Metro: “Then I began to bring the dogs to mass, with the same hopes of giving them away.

“In six months, I finished this process. All dogs were adopted. Now I work with street dogs. They sometimes come into the church looking for food and water.

“During service, we speak about dogs of the street, about how to respect and protect them."

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When Mass is over, however, Father Gomes’ commitment to these disadvantaged dogs continues. He fosters stray dogs in his rectory every day, providing them with the necessary shelter, food, and fresh water. He and some volunteers even offer them medical assistance when they need it.

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On Facebook, Father Gomes explained his rationale for letting strays reside in the church.

“They will always be able to enter, sleep, eat, drink their water and find shelter and protection, for this house is of God and they are of God,”

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