Prayer for the Animals
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals. Especially for animals who are suffering, for animals that are overworked, underfed. cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars. For any that are hunted and lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all the mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so share the blessings of the merciful.