Americans often look at their dogs as their best companions in life. Without us, many of these dogs would be unable to exist as we feed them, protect them and give them shelter. Unfortunately, there is an overabundance of stray dogs in other countries. One priest used his position in society to help these stray animals.
Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes is the head of a Parrish in Brazil. Every day, Gomes walks throughout his town and always notices the high number of stray dogs.
Instead of trying to care for them all by himself, Gomes uses his job to help find these stray dogs a “forever home.”
And why shouldn’t he? Dogs have always done everything we could ever ask for as they love us unconditionally and give us lifetime memories. During Mass, Gomes will always have the stray animals come on stage with him so they can be the center of attention.
The dogs often walk around and get a pet from residents as they pray. While Gomes is giving a service on Sunday, the strays are seen trying to get his attention by jumping up on him, trying to get their bellies rubbed.
“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,” the priest wrote on the community Facebook page he runs for his church.
The small town that Gomes works in is called Gravatá, which, according to Bored Panda, has a population of 228,000 people. Since starting this endeavor years prior, Gomes has slowly been finding homes for a large portion of the stray dog population.
Gomes even has three dogs that he adopted that live with him at his house and sleep with him in his bed. Fortunately, these animals have found a friend in Gomes.