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 this in Proverbs 12:10, which says “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. A blessings of animals, which takes place on the Feast Say of St. Francis of Assisi, in many congregations, witnesses to God’s and the Church’s love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. If you want to lift up your pet, here are seven prayers and blessings for animals.