Stray Dog Gets Adopted by Monastery, Lives New Life as Cutest Monk

Posted by Krissy Howard
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Photos via Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm/Facebook

One lucky little stray living on the streets of Colombia will live out his days as a monk after being adopted by a local monastery. 

Named Friar Bigotón, or Friar Mustache, one fortunate pooch found a very fitting match in a forever home when followers of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, adopted the little guy at a Franciscan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Also known as Brother Carmelo (he is a dog of many names), the pup was brought to the attention of the monastery by local rescue organization, Proyecto Narices Frías, or, Cold Nose Project. The group hopes that Carmelo's story will inspire more monasteries to open their doors to animals in need.

Friar Bigotón gets free run of the property, and even gets to wear his own Franciscan habit, sized just for him, which he wears around the monastery, fitting right in with his new brothers.


Today, life for little Carmelo is much different than the days he spent wandering the streets in order to survive, and one of his fellow brothers assures everyone that the stress of being a stray is long behind him.

"His life is all about playing and running," friar Jorge Fernandez said in an interview with The Dodo.

"Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."

Running around the grounds of his new home, and even fishing from time to time, the newest addition to the monastery has only one job left to do: serve as an example to others that adoption is where it's at!


Congrats to little Carmelo and his loving new home! We hope to see more success stories like this in the future!

What do you think of this new little friar? Tell us in the comments below.

Photos via Kasper Mariusz Kapro? Ofm/Facebook

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