Hear our humble
prayer, O God for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering,
for animals that are overworked, underfed
and cruelly treated.
For all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars.
For any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all, Thy mercy and pity,
and for all 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 to share the blessings of the merciful.