Pope Francis’s visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia will shine the spotlight on all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Papal Visit will occur on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.
The World Meeting of Families is expecting crowds of 10,000 – 15,000 people attending the Papal events. The closing events, in which Pope Francis will be present, it is anticipated 750,000 to 1 million people will be present for the Festival of Families and upwards of 1.5 million people will be in attendance for the Papal Mass.
Although Pope Francis has shown his love for animals in the past, these venues are not the best place to bring your furry family member. Your dog does not understand the importance of the Papal Visit, although they do understand that large, noisy crowds can be scary. Even though you love your dog very much, there are people who are not animal and dog lovers, and are not comfortable being around them. Keeping your dog at home is the safest place for your dog.
Here are some helpful tips for dog owners during the festivities.
- Leave your dog at home where he will be safest and most comfortable.
- People will be focused on the activities and looking forward and up. Your dog may get underfoot and stepped on, leading to injuries.
- Loud noises can spook your dog. When this happens, they can pull and get away from you. Always keep proper identification securely fastened to your dog’s collar in case he gets away.
- Don’t leave dogs outside. If you live near the events and you cannot bring them inside, cover their outdoor crate or kennel with a blanket to offer them some protection from the loud noises. A dog’s sense of hearing is acute—over 10 times more sensitive than humans’.
- Not all venues will be animal friendly. Never leave your dog in the car. A partially opened window does not supply sufficient fresh air for him to breathe, and it creates an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
- Not everyone knows the proper way to meet a dog. If anyone rushes at your dog to pet him, this may spook your dog, causing him to jump on people, or to have other bad behaviors.
- Many of the events will be outside during the daytime, just like people; dogs can get sunburned too.
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