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.