Many churches all over the world do not allow animals inside their premises because they want to keep the place solemn. However, one church in Brazil decided to open its doors to stray dogs.

Padre João Paulo de Araujo Gomes always holds masses in the Paróquia de Sant’Ana Gravatá in Brazil. Padre Gomes makes it a point that all the homeless dogs have a special place inside the church where churchgoers can see them.

It may seem like a small act of kindness, but it has actually made an enormous impact on the lives of the neglected pups of Gravatá. Thanks to the kindness of Padre Gomes, stray dogs get to showcase how adorable they are in front of many people.

Animals have always had a spot in Padre Gomes’ heart. When Padre Gomes became a priest for the Paróquia de Sant’Ana Gravatá parish in the year 2013, helping animals became another one of his callings.

Padre Gomes shared with The Dodo that volunteers came to him one day to sell cookies. They said that the proceeds would go to the stray dogs.

He decided to give the volunteers some time during his congregations to advertise their cookie products. Since then, Padre Gomes has been assisting the non-government organization in their projects.

The volunteers discussed with Padre Gomes all the plight of the homeless animals living in his city. He started welcoming all the stray dogs inside the church in hopes of finding them a loving family that would accept them.

Padre Gomes wanted to be a good role model, so he decided to open his home to stray animals as well. He also nursed the sick animals back to their health.

Thanks to all the generous donations that he and the volunteers receive, homeless dogs have clean water to drink and even free food to eat. Padre Gomes said that the church is a safe place for everyone, including animals.

Source: Padre João Paulo via Facebook

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Born and raised in the Midwest, I am a mom, business owner, and a lover of furry animals. There have always been four-footed furry pets in my life. Big or small, it seems I love them all! Most of my pets live long and happy lives and I have been fortunate to have several devoted friends thru the years from small Cocker Spaniels or Llasa Apso to the "let em take over your entire bed" black labs. Whether we buy them, breed them, or rescue them - however they come to our home, they are always welcomed into our family and soon take over a permanent place in our hearts.

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