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 those who deal with them
we ask aheart 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