--Albert Schweitzer, "Memoirs of Childhood and Youth"
Healing and transforming God, your love knows no boundaries, and in your sight every life is precious; look with compassion on [name of animal], and make us your agents of healing in a broken world. Amen.
A Covenant Liturgy for Human and Animal Companions
Mindful of our kinship with all living creatures, and our responsibility to care for them, let us renew our covenant with the animals in our care.
Leader: Will you name this creature?
Human: (name of animal is given)
Leader: Will you care for [name], and love and protect him/her, in good times and bad, as long as he/she lives?
Human: I will.
(The human companion is invited to touch/pat/stroke the animal as a sign of the covenant reaffirmed between them.)
We give thanks for the creatures who live alongside us as companions and friends; for their loyalty, love, and trust which enrich our lives and give us joy. May we learn the value of kindness, the power of mercy, the strength of gentleness, and a new spirit of humility. Amen.
--From Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care by the Rev. Andrew Linzey
Eternal Spirit, we bring you our grief in the loss of [name of animal] and ask for courage to bear it. We bring you our thanks for [name of animal] who lived among us and gave us freely of his/her love. We commit our friend and companion [name of animal] into your loving hands. Give us eyes to see how your love embraces all creatures and every living thing speaks to us of your love. Amen.