A Prayer for the Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends, the animals,
especially for those who are suffering:
for any that are lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry.
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 us, ourselves,
to be true friends to the animals
and so to share
the blessings.