A Catholic priest in Manila blessed hundreds of pets on World Animal Day from a safe distance amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The day fell on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Pets were blessed from a safe distance while owners who are still wary of the virus hoped their pets would be protected.
The Philippines recorded 322,497 cases, the highest in Southeast Asia. Attendees were still happy to celebrate World Animal Day even in these unusual circumstances. "We have to adapt to the new normal and the pandemic should never stop us paying tribute to the furry animals that we have," Ritchie Pascal, an event organizer, said. Many participants were quoted as saying they had their pets blessed because they "are part of our family, and we want the best for his health."
Blessing pets on World Animal Day is a tradition that happens all over the world, not just in The Philippines. However, the event in Manila was one of the largest. Whether you're spiritual or not, showing your pet a little extra love, especially during a pandemic when they're also at risk, is the least you can do for your furry friend.