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This Priest Performs Mass With Stray Dogs To Help Them Get Adopted

ryan.ford 24 Oct 2019

One thing you can be sure of at Father Joao Paulo Gomes's church in Brazil: there's no shortage of love on hand. As head of the parish of Santana in Gravata, Father Gomes provides his flock with all the affection he can, no matter their situation in life. That goes especially for dogs.

Stray dogs from the streets of Gravata will always be welcome under Father Gomes's roof.

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"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," he wrote on Facebook.

And part of Father Gomes's mission involves finding the strays good, stable homes, and what better way to connect families with potential pooches than at Mass?

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So it's not uncommon to see Father Gomes scratching a dog behind the ears as he preaches.

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It's a chance for him to model love and compassion, and for his parishioners to get some pooch time in as well. Father Gomes also invites his flock to bring along any friends or extended family members who might be interested in bringing a new family member home with them, playing matchmaker for the strays.

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The dogs gets to be the star of the show during Mass.

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As if they weren't going to be, right? But because these dogs have typically lived tough lives on the streets, underfed and under-loved, they're all the more in need of the kind of compassion that Father Gomes can attract.

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He might not be able to save them all, but Father Gomes sure tries his best, and his successes have been remarkable.

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He makes sure they get necessary medical care in addition to food, water, shelter, and affection, and he's even taken three into his own home.

"I helped several dogs with serious health problems," he told Bored Panda. "Some of them I brought to the parish house and they were later adopted. Three of them stayed with me. Today, they are my children and sleep in my bed."

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Dozens more have found forever homes thanks to him.

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And it's not work that he'll be stopping anytime soon, either. Why would he? Stray dogs and Father Gomes are a match made in heaven.

h/t: Bored Panda

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