From a safe distance inside their hoomans, animal companions cats, dogs, and even birds, were sprinkled with holy water by a Catholic priest in Manila to celebrate World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

World Animal Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize animal rights and welfare. The organizers and participants of the pet blessing made sure to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to adapt to the new normal and the pandemic should never stop us from paying tribute to the furry animals that we have,” said Ritchi Pascual, one of the event organizers.

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