How could I refuse? Mr. Gizmo, my four-month-old, exotic long-haired cat purred his way to making me bring him along to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) 22nd Pet Blessing at SM North EDSA Skydome last Oct. 1. There were so many humans with their pets this year. The count of humans reached 1,146, with perhaps 800 pet companions at the event, which commemorates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.
PAWS began its pet blessing event with a procession of the animals and their humans, led by Fr. Joey Paras SBD, around the SM Skydome. After the procession, a Mass and then the blessing of the pets followed.
“Si Ponggi nasagasaan ’yan malapit sa villagenamin. Buto’t balat sya at kahit grabe na ang injuries niya at umiiyak sa gitna ng daan, walang tumutulong. Hindi siya pinapansin,” shared ASAP mainstay and aspin-lover Jona, as she serenaded the now healthy and completely rehabilitated Ponggi, along with her two other rescued dogs.
Aside from Jona, other showbiz personalities like Jak Roberto, Sanya Lopez, Barbie Forteza, Taki Saito, Kim Last and Jon Timmons brought their dogs to be blessed.
Covering the pet blessing event never gets old. Every year, these past 15 years, has been an experience for me. It warms the heart that there are truly so many pet lovers who consider their canine and feline companions not just pets, but as kids, who need to be blessed.
And, yes, Mr. Gizmo got his blessing of holy water, too.
The Pet Blessing was made possible through the generous support of Pet One, NexGard Spectra, Blisk, Ganador, Wagtales, Dogs & More, Ezydog, Whole Pet Kitchen, Bioessence, Jollibee, Devant, Mary Grace, Swell Sweets Cake Lab, and STAR Pet Life Section.
For more photos, click PAWS Pet Blessing 2017 photo album