Thousands of Pets in Madrid Await Priest’s Blessings on St. Anton Day

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Thousands of pets waited in line outside a Madrid church to be blessed.

That’s because Monday, Jan. 17 was St. Anton Day in Spain – the patron saint of animals. Madrid’s San Antón Festival aims at raising awareness to adopt abandoned animals.

On this day, every year, pet owners take their pets to the Church of Saint Anton to receive a blessing. All kinds of pets – from dogs and cats to turtles and ferrets – wait patiently in line for the priest’s blessing.