A Prayer for Animals
Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost
or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to sleep.
We entreat for them all
Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make use be true friends to animals
and so to share
the blessings of the merciful.
The Cat's Prayer
Although I am too proud to
may appear to be a very independent creature, I ask for
your loving care and attention. I rely on you for my well
being much more than you may realize.
This I promise
you, my benefactor,
that I will not be a burden on you nor will I demand more
of you than you care to give.
I will be a quiet peaceful island of
serenity for you to gaze upon; a soft soothing body to caress, and I shall purr with pleasure to rest your weary
Since I am a gourmet who appreciates
different taste sensations, I pray you will give me a
variety of nutritious foods and fresh water daily.
You know dear
friend, how I love to
go. Allow me, I pray, a warm sheltered place where I can
rest peacefully and feel secure.
If I am wounded in battle or
suffering from disease, please tend me gently, and see
that I am treated by loving and competent hands.
Please protect me from the inhuman
humans who would hurt and torture me for their own amusement. I am accustomed to your gentle touch and am
not always suspicious nor swift enough to avoid such
In my later years when my senses
fail me and my infirmities become to great to bear, allow
me the comfort and dignity that I desire for my closing
days and help me gently in my pain or passing.
prayer, my dear friend, my
fate depends on you.
I hope I'm not asking too much,
Lord, All I want is a home of my own, And to know when my
next meal is coming Instead of the scraps I get thrown.
I've been out in the cold for so
long now, Coping as best as I can, But it's not so long
I've forgotten The touch of a soft caring hand.
I look in house windows at
Christmas, As cats doze by the fire, quite replete - How
I'd welcome a box in the kitchen, And tasty food for me
For me there was tinsel and
giftwrap, But the fun didn't last very long - They put me
out with the rubbish; I don't know what I did wrong.
I really don't want to be
the moment I'm all skin and bone, So would it be too much
to hope for, That someone will give me a home?
Do not stand at my grave and
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamonds gilt on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry:
I am not there.
I did not die.
Request From Rainbow Bridge
Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night Grieve if you will, but not for
long Upon my soul's sweet flight. I am at peace, my
soul's at rest There is no need for tears. For with your
love I was so blessed For all those many years. There is
no pain, I suffer not, The fear now all is gone. Put now
these things out of your thoughts, In your memory I live
on. Remember not my fight for breath Remember not the
strife Please do not dwell upon my death, But celebrate