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Prayers and Blessings for Pets and Animals

cat christmasCatholics and other Christians offer prayers on behalf of everyone, but especially loved ones. And, many Christians pray for the pets that loyally give love, peace, compassion, and joy.

These pet prayers and devotions help us pray for and offer gratitude for our dogs, cats, and other pets and animals. These prayers are also appropriate for for farm animals and even wild animals. In the Catholic tradition, animals are important: they are mentioned regularly in the Bible, and in tradition (see the life of St. Francis of Assisi for example).

Prayer for a Pet - This is a prayer for any pet that reminds us that animals are a part of creation that God redeemed when he became flesh in Jesus Christ.

Prayer for a Lost Pet - Pet owners often feel heartache when a pet goes missing. This is a prayer to help an owner recover a lost pet.

Prayer for a Cat - This is a prayer specifically written for our feline friends.

Prayer for a Dog - This is a prayer specifically written for our friendly canine companions.

Prayer for Animals and Their Masters By Albert Schweitzer - This is a classic prayer attributed to the renowned physician and philosopher Albert Schweitzer.

More Prayers

A Pet Blessing
Dearest God, Heavenly Father
maker of all living creatures,
we ask you to bless (name of pet),
who brings so much joy into our lives.
By the power of Your love,
enable him (her) to live according to your plan.
May we always praise You for all Your beauty in creation.
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
Blessed are You, God, in all Your creatures!
Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

Blessing of an Animal
Almighty and Generous Providence
how great the variety of living things,
You have put at our disposal!
You told our first parents:
"I give you all the animals of the land."
Some can be used as food,
or for labor or transportation,
but also for our companionship and recreation.

Bless this animal.
May it carry out the function it has been given
and may it aid us to think of You its Creator
and give praise and thanks to You forever.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord.
New St. Joseph People's Prayer Book.

Prayer of Saint Francis for Animals
God Our Heavenly Father,
You created the world
to serve humanity's needs
and to lead them to You.
By our own fault
we have lost the beautiful relationship
which we once had with all your creation.
Help us to see
that by restoring our relationship with You
we will also restore it
with all Your creation.
Give us the grace
to see all animals as gifts from You
and to treat them with respect
for they are Your creation.

We pray for all animals
who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
May the order You originally established
be once again restored to the whole world
through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,
the prayers of Saint Francis
and the merits of Your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns with You
now and forever. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi, additions added later

Prayer for a Sick Pet
Heavenly Father,
Please help us in our time of need,
You have made us stewards of (name of pet).
If it is Your will, please restore him (her)
to health and strength.
I pray too for other animals in need.
May they be treated with the care and respect
deserving of all Your creation.
Blessed are You Lord God,
and holy is Your name for ever and ever
Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

Prayer in Memory of a Pet
Almighty God,
I was fortunate to receive the gift of (pet name) from You
Now that he (she) has left this life,
please help me cope with my loss with strength and courage.
I know that my beloved companion no longer suffers,
and will live on in many fond memories.
May they be treated with the care and respect
As he (she) has enriched my life,
I pray that I may enrich the lives of others. Amen.
Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

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