This Monastery adopted a stray dog to encourage pet adoption

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In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. In honor of their practices, the Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia adopted Carmelo, the dog. The dog even earned a more formal title – Friar Bigotón, or mustache in Spanish.

His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.

Carmelo used to be a stray before he was being rescued. Now, the pup has become an integral part of the monastery.

If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón, we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example, the group wrote in a post on Facebook.

Carmelo’s adoption was made possible by a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), which hopes his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets.