Gravatá is a city in Brazil that one kind and loving man calls home. He is a priest named João Paulo Araujo and he has a soft spot in his heart for the homeless stray dogs in his community. What he does is the ultimate act of unconditional kindness and deserves some recognition. He is the head of the parish of Santana and invites the homeless dogs to be a part of his weekly service. He does this with the hope of finding future homes for these sweet dogs who have been abandoned.
Dogs give us their unconditional love, they have a strong connection with people and they deserve to be loved and cared for. They ask for nothing in return of their love.
Father Paulo understands the special bond between humans and dogs and is on a mission to help the ones who need it.
He gives stray dogs a safe home in the rectory and brings them to his Sunday service with the hope of finding them a loving family.
He makes sure the dogs are the center of attention during the mass. He takes time to give them attention and love, so does the clergy.
“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,” Father João Paulo wrote on Facebook.
He not only spends his time trying to find a loving home for these dogs, he also provides food and necessary medical care.
Many of these dogs would suffer an ultimate fate alone on the streets. Father Paulo gives them a second chance because of the kindness of his heart.
In doing so, he is inspiring others to be selfless and kind with the intention of helping those who need it most.
The kind-hearted priest has already saved dozens of dogs from the street reducing the homeless population significantly.
He has even fallen in love with a few of the strays he has saved. He couldn’t help but adopt some of them himself.
“I helped several dogs with serious health problems. Some of them I brought to the parish house and they were later adopted. Three of them stayed with me. Today, they are my children and sleep in my bed,” according to Father Paulo.
They look like they are in love with their new safe home.
We could all take a lesson from Father Paulo in love and selflessness.
Many people have referred to Father Paulo as a hero. His actions have inspired thousands of people across social media already.
Would you be able to open your home to do the same for these innocent dogs?
By bringing in homeless dogs to his church, it has actually increased the popularity of his mass. The congregation is constantly growing as people hear about the unique approach.
The dogs obviously love being the center of attention and all of the love they receive at the masses.
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Father Paulo has a heart of gold and is a hero in my book. These dogs would be living an entirely different life without his love and help.