A Prayer For Animals

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 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.

by Albert Schweitzer

A Cat’s Plea to Humans

When humans die
They write their testament
To leave their home
And all they have
To those they love

I’d do such if I could write
To a poor, desperate, lonely stray
I’d give my happy home
My bowl and cosy bed
My soft pillow and my toys
The so loved lovely voice
The place I had in someone’s heart

The love, that at last
Helped me to find a peaceful end
Held firmly in a sheltering embrace
When I die, please don’t say
“I’ll never have a pet again, the
Loss is far too much to stand”

Choose a lonely, unloved cat
And give her my place
This is my inheritance
The love I leave behind
Is all I am able to give.

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, I know I am able
To decide anything for myself
Are you coming then? Asked God
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly
But don't they understand? Asked God
That you will never leave them
That your souls are intertwined. For all Eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is.. forever, and ever and ever.
Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.


Letter from Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say.

But first of all to let you know that I’ve arrived okay.

I’m writing this from heaven, I’m writing from above.

Here there’s no more tears of sadness, there’s just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

The day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and said, “I welcome you,

It’s good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.

I need you badly; you’re part of my plan.

There’s so much we have to do to help mortal man.”

God gave me a list of things that he wanted me to do

And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you

And when you lie in bed at night the day’s chores put to flight

God and I are close to you in the middle of the night.

When you think of life on earth and all those loving years

Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain.

Remember, there could be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

One thing is certain, though my life on earth is over,

Now, more than ever before, my life to you is closer.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb

But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too,

That as you give the world, the world will give to you

And now I am content that my life was worthwhile,

Knowing that as I passed along, I made you smile.

So if you meet somebody who is feeling sad and low

Lend a hand to pick them up as on your way you go.

When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind,

I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go, from your body to be free,

Remember, you’re not going; you’re coming here to be with me.

May I Go Now?

May I Go? May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go. I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day,

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and so afraid,
because I see your tears.

I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you,
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too.
That's why it's hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.

by Susan A. Jackson

I Remember

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It's possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.

by Unknown


If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.

You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

- author unknown

Erika's Song

Go Joyously into the spirit and the summer land of youth,
Glory once again in your strength. Run free amid the wild flowers.
Sniff the tantalizing smells among the wooded tangles of the forest.
Sleep in the warm sun beside murmuring brooks. And when you weary of the green hills and fields of Rainbow Bridge, follow the bright strand- forged of love which connects us.
It leads to the garden of my soul where a warm welcome always awaits your coming..

by Lisa Singer

From Friend To Friend

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
by Karen Clouston

I Am Not There

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Various sources attribute this poem to the one of the following authors:
(A) Mary Frye
(B) Joyce Fossen
(C) An unknown member of the Hobi Native American Tribe

I Adopted Your Cat Today

I adopted your cat today.

The one you left at the pound.

The one you had for ten years

And no longer wanted around.

I adopted your cat today.

Do you know he's lost weight?

Do you know he's scared and depressed

And has lost all faith?

I adopted your cat today.

He had fleas and a cold,

But don't worry none.

You've unburdened your load.

I adopted your cat today.

Were you having a baby or moving away?

Did you suddenly develop allergies

Or was there no reason he couldn't stay?

I adopted your cat today.

He doesn't play or eat much.

He's very depressed,

But he will learn again to trust.

I adopted your cat today

And here he will stay.

He's found his forever home

And a warm bed to lay.

I adopted your cat today

And I will give him all that he could need.

Patience, love, security, and understanding.

Hopefully he will forget your selfish deed.

- Author Unknown

Just One Voice

Each day I learn, research and read.

About all the animals who are in need.

The circus, the rodeo, the fur and factory farm.

The pain, the fear, the unbelievable harm!

The research scientist who causes pain.

The dog in the yard chained in the rain.

The kitten drowned, the puppy burned.

These are just a few of the horrible tragedies

of which I’ve learned!

The innocent ones they have no choice.

The innocent ones they have no voice.

The horrors inflicted upon those so dear.

And so many people who do not want to hear.

Each of us, we have a choice.

Each of us, we have a voice.

Use your voice to educate.

Pass out leaflets, demonstrate.

Write letters, boycott stores.

Knock on all your neighbors’ doors.

Use your voice as I have mine.

You can help, it just takes time.

by C Ward

If I Didn’t Have a Dog, or Cat …

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grand kids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

I would not talk ‘baby talk’. Eat your din-din’. ‘Yummy yummy for the tummy’.

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, B-I-K-E, G-O, R-I-D-E

I would not have as many leaves (or pine needles) INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I’d look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading ‘mud’ season.

I would not have to answer the question ‘Why do you have so many animals?’ from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!

- Author Unknown


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