MANILA: On Sunday, hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed through a drive ceremony to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, forgoing the usual fanfare due to COVID-19.
As Mariano said through the window of her car “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.” Also, during the ceremony more than 500 animals of different shapes and sizes were blessed. World Animal day is celebrated to recognise animal rights and welfare and to ensure the safety of the animals and owners.
More than 2.5 million Covid-19 cases has been recorded in Philippines where there are 38,000 deaths and it is one of Asia’s worst affected countries in terms of casualties and economic losses.
Therefore, the aim of celebrating World Animal Day is to raise status of animals and help improve welfare standards across the glove. Moreover, it is also about uniting the animal welfare movement and mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.