Philippines pets obtain blessings in drive-through ceremony

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MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hundreds of animal lovers within the Philippines had their pets blessed by way of a drive-through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, forgoing the same old fanfare because of COVID-19.

This was the second straight yr that organisers needed to maintain a drive-through ceremony to mark World Animal day – celebrated worldwide to recognise animal rights and welfare – to make sure the protection of the animals and homeowners.

The Philippines has recorded greater than 2.5 million COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 38,000 deaths and is one among Asia’s worst-affected nations by way of casualties and financial losses.

Among those that patiently waited within the lengthy queue of automobiles was Maxine Mariano, who introduced Cookie, her seven-year previous Shih Tzu, to obtain a blessing from the priest who sprayed and sprinkled holy water on her beloved pet.

“We believe that it’s for the long life also of our dog, and then also as Catholics it’s important to have them blessed as well just like us,” Mariano mentioned via the window of her automobile.

More than 500 animals of various sizes and styles had been blessed in the course of the ceremony.

Reporting by Adrian Portugal,
Writing by Karen Lema; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise