....all creatures great and small.....
" With a few extra prayers for the least and lowest of God's creatures caught in Katrina's chaos: Pets, livestock, zoo animals, sick animals already in vet offices, and other helpless animals who in an effort to save humans, may be the last to be sought after, rescued or fed. O God, go with them!!"
Here is another one, from Rev. Joseph A. Bayles, Episcopal Dio. of Kansas
A PRAYER FOR ANIMALS
Almighty God, Father of all creation, you have given human beings dominion over the earth and it’s creatures. We are responsible for all creatures, especially those who become our pets. Help us to value and care for them since they can not survive on their own. They are devoted and loyal to us. Let us look into their eyes and see our Creator. When we find those of your creation who are abused, neglected, sick and injured, give us the ability to care for them in humane ways.
We give thanks for caring veterinarians and animal hospitals which minister to the needs of Your creatures.
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, the lover and Lord of all God created.
God be kind to those other creatures for whom we are responsible. Many, many are smaller than we are and may have been overcome during the storm and the ravages that have followed - without food or water they wait or have gone on to our eternal home before us. Welcome them with the dignity they deserve and help us cherish their memory as we move forward in this life, one step at a time, one hour at a time - with your guidance, in hope, striving for peace, holding fast in faith to Your love for us.
Let me add a pass-along one more prayer from another source:the famous Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
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 the animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
In the days to come, keep gently in your heart the teams of search and rescue workers with their canine partners who will be traveling to the gulf region on a mission of dedication and mercy.
Remember ERD - volunteer to collect food, clothing, school and student supplies (schools were hit too) - give generously. In your devotions, offer prayers for the living creatures - human and 'beast' - who have been lost. May they - each and every one - arrive at and rest in peace.
Let us be faithful stewards, faithful laborers in the service of the Lord in the tasks that face us. Let our giving be cheerful, our compassion deep and abiding. Let us each have a hand in the solutions to address this catastrophe in whatever capacity is available to us.
Lord, hear our prayers and let our cry come to you.