Here you will find selected Animal Blessings from various faiths and beliefs. More prayers can be found in the Animal Prayers section of the site.
Interfaith Animal Blessing
Blessed are You, Holy Source of Creation, Maker of all living creatures. On the fifth and sixth days of creation, You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired us to call all animals brothers and sisters, and to be responsible stewards for their care. We ask You to bless these animals By the power of Your love, and enable them to live fully in praise to Your Name. May we always praise You for the beauty of your works. Blessed are You, Lord our God, Source of Creation and Peace! Amen.
Native American Blessing
Grandfather Great Spirit, All over the world, The faces of living things are alike. With tenderness, they have come up out of the ground. Look upon your children that they may face the winds And walk the good road to the day of quiet. Grandfather Great Spirit, Fill us with the Light. Give us the strength to understand and the eyes to see. Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives To all that live. ~Sioux Blessing
Jewish Blessing of an Animal
Blessed are You, Holy Source, Maker of all living creatures. On the fifth and sixth days of creation, You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired us to call all animals brothers and sisters.
We ask You to bless these animals By the power of Your love, enable them to live fully in praise to Your Name May we always praise You for all Your beauty in creation. Blessed are You, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.
Christian 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.
Wiccan Pet Blessing
“O GRACIOUS LORD AND LADY, PROTECTORS OF ALL CREATURES WHO WALK THIS EARTH, GUARD MY PET (pet’s name) AGAINST HARM AND ILLNESS. WATCH OVER (him/her) WITH EVERY STEP (he/she) TAKES. HELP ME TO PROTECT (him/her) AND STRENGTHEN THE CONNECTION OF LOVE BETWEEN US. LET THIS CHARM BE BLESSED WITH PROTECTION. BLESSED BE!”
Franciscan Animal Blessing
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
Buddhist Animal Blessing prayer
May all sentient beings in the animal realm subject to unbearable pain in labs throughout the world be free from suffering.
May alternatives to animal experimentation and testing be used immediately.
May Bodhicitta fill the hearts of those who imprison them.
May all sentient beings from the animal realm who suffer endless days, months, years locked in tiny cages unable to move, be filled with peace and calm.
May the many billions waiting in slaughterhouse lines be free of fear.
May the hearts of those who work in abattoirs be filled with Bodhicitta so the very thought of harm is purified.
May they never kill again and may the slaughterhouse lines become immediately empty.
May no animal be afraid or depressed.
May their bodies be free of injuries, disease and illness.
May those who need homes, or who have been driven from them find shelter, plentiful food & water.
May there be liberation for those tortured for fur, entertainment or who are hunted.
May those who believe they are superior to our brother & sister animals develop perfect equanimity.
And may they realise in their hearts that all sentient beings possess Buddha nature
And they are not ours to kill or exploit.
May the many billions of land and sea dwelling sentient beings who are abused, exploited and killed due to greed, hatred and ignorance be free of suffering
May they experience complete and perfect enlightenment, through the virtue of my efforts and prayers.