We should pray for our animals, not only because we love them, but also because they are one of God’s beloved creatures. God made everything on earth, including the animals we hold so dear to our hearts. The Bible tells us that the sign of a righteous man is that he takes care of his animals. We are told in Proverbs 12:10 “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” We should lift up our pets and animal friends who are under our care, not only in their times of struggle, but also when they’re okay because they should be lifted up at all times. Remember, anything that concerns us, concerns the Lord.
Heavenly Father, in Your infinite wisdom You created the universe and blessed us with all living creatures. We especially thank you for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life. Their presence very often helps us get through trying times. How great are the variety of living animals You have put at our care. May our pets continue giving us joy and remind us of You, the Creator of all things. May we realize that as our pets trust us to take care of them, so we should trust You to take care of us, and in taking care of them we share in Your love for all creatures. Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals, especially for animals who are suffering, for animals that are over-worked, under-fed and cruelly treated, for all wistful creatures in captivity, for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
I will always remember and treasure the day you chose me to be yours. I was one of the many pets you came to see and I hoped I was making a good impression. I was so elated when you selected me to share your home and heart. I knew from that very moment on, I was so lucky to be owned by you.
While I was growing every day, maturing little by little-you fed me…you watered me…you trained me. I loved it when you shared your precious time playing with me. I eagerly anticipated each morning when I licked your face. It was my desire to awaken you before that dreadful alarm clock would rudely rouse you from sleep. I felt it my duty because I was so lucky to be owned by you.
I made my share of mistakes. There were times I erred on your carpet. There were moments when the “animal beast” buried deep in me somehow encouraged a little destruction of the furniture. I’m Sorry. You scolded me. You understood and forgave me. Could you see the devotion to our home? I was so lucky to be owned by you.
I wondered why you took me on those visits to see the veterinarian, I never fully understood those examinations, vaccinations, blood tests done to check for heart worms or fecal tests that always seemed to be necessary. You knew what was best for me and I learned to trust your judgment. I couldn’t remember much about what occurred during my neutering surgical visit but somehow I came to realize you left me there because you respected me and wanted to ease the animal kingdom’s vast overpopulation problem. I was so lucky to be owned by you.
The days you called holidays were always such fun. Presents for everyone in our family– even me! How did you ever guess those toys and treats were just what I wanted? After the visitors left our home, could you feel my love as I sat by your side? I was so lucky to be owned by you.
These days, I haven’t felt as well as I used to in my prior days. My bones are quite stiff and sore. The pills you gave me helped for awhile but my time here with you is drawing to an end. It’s extremely hard to walk and I long for my rest. As we ride to the vet hospital, one final time, I see your tears and oh, how deep I feel your love. It was such a wonderful life here with you. Remember me and know that when you pass your love onto another pet, you honor my memory. I want you to be as happy as you have made me. I am sending you a final message as I look up at you with my big brown eyes and lick your hand for the final time. Thank you for everything, I love you. I was so lucky to be owned by you.
Rolf & Sherri Ronstadt
Anderson Animal Shelter