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Dogged faith: who said pups and kitties don’t need blessings?


Dogged faith: who said pups and kitties don’t need blessings?

Filipino pet owners wait in a long queue of vehicles to get their four-legged companions some drive-through holy water

Adrian Portugal

Hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive-through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, forgoing the usual fanfare due to Covid-19.

This was the second straight year that organisers had to hold a drive-through ceremony to mark World Animal Day — celebrated worldwide to recognise animal rights and welfare — to ensure the safety of the animals and owners.

The Philippines has recorded more than 2.5-million Covid-19 cases and more than 38,000 deaths and is one of Asia’s worst affected countries in terms of casualties and economic losses...

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