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 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 so to share the
blessings of the merciful.

Albert Schweitzer in Prayers for Healing by Maggie Olman