Saint Francis was the most revered Saint in Roman Catholic history. His story began as he saw visions from God after he was imprisoned for nearly a year by participating in a war between the Assis and Perugia.
Francis exchanged his luxurious life for a life devoted to the Lord. He followed the Lord’s commands to live in poverty and rebuild the Christian church.
His influence was remarkable, gathering millions of followers throughout the centuries, and it is known that he developed a deep love for nature and animals.
Saint Francis expressed his conviction to the Lord by loving all of his creations. He is known as the Patron Saint of the Animals and the Environment.
It became a tradition in the Catholic church to hold ceremonies and bless animals on Saint Francis’ feast day on the 4th of October.
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Why pray for sick animals?
Simply put, prayers are not limited only to humane use. You, as a human, are blessed with higher consciousness to pray not only for your brothers but also for everything—all of God’s creation.
The Lord God does not wish his creation to be separated from his love. Therefore, his Paradise is open for everything that he made.
Thus, the Lord will open his arms to welcome your prayers, even a prayer for healing a sick pet or family member. With the intercession of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis, show your love and compassion equally to everything.
Express your devotion to God the way Saint Francis of Assis did—stewardship of creation. Pray these following prayers to Saint Francis and intercede him in your prayers!
Good St. Francis, you loved all of God's creatures. To you they were your brothers and sisters. Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness. St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals, watch over my pet and keep my companion safe and healthy. Amen.
Heavenly Father, you created all things for your glory and made us stewards of this creature If it is your will, restore it to health and strength. Blessed are you, Lord God, and holy is your name for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer for Our Animal Friends
[To make a Novena for a sick pet, recite this prayer for 9 consecutive days.]
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.
[Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer]
Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows, touching each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures. Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in giving You honor forever. Amen.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
Watch over my pet
And keep my companion safe and healthy.
Prayer for a Sick Cat
Cats are lovely creatures, just like dogs. But, they are so unique that you treat them as your own child.
It is hard to know how much pain your pet is in if they don’t know how to speak your language. So, it is such a great worry to see your cat fall ill without your knowing what could be wrong.
The best thing to do is to bring your cat to the nearest animal care. And with prayers, you can seek comfort and mercy for healing miracles.
I humbly pray, Oh Lord Jesus Christ, with the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals,
For your mercy to extend to [cat’s name] who is currently sick with [state health condition]
I pray that you drive away all of the diseases that my sick cat is going through right now
Take away her pain so that she is not suffering from this sickness
By your gentle Spirit, nurse her back into good health and full of vitality
Oh Merciful, sweet loving Jesus,
With your divine energies, bless [cat’s name] to alleviate from her health condition and help her to recover swiftly
Lord Jesus Christ, this cat is such a blessing into my life and I pray that you help me to care for her
Give me wisdom and lead me to right people who truly cares and has compassion to heal sick animals
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Send your healing Spirit and wash away all the diseases in every cell of her body
I trust that it is your will for her to heal and I know that you will restore her to good health
I affirm healing of my sick cat in confidence that you are our one true God and your good healing energies will flow in our lives
I uphold to you this health challenges you are giving to us and I know, Lord that your love extends to all creatures
I pray this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the unity of the Holy Spirit! Amen
Catholic Prayer for Sick Dog
A dog is a man’s best friend, and seeing them struggle in sickness is painful. Dogs are your companion, and they are like your family already. Here's a rainbow bridge prayer for your dogs.
It is your natural instinct to do everything in your power to help them be relieved from pain. So, it’s a good thing that in the Christian faith, you can seek divine intervention by praying through the intercession of Saint Francis.
Lord God, I humbly ask you to grant [dog’s name] healing and peace as I place him in your gentle hands
I pray that you bless us your miracles of healing and deliver my fur baby from his symptoms of [state health issue]
I pray that you lead us to right people as a vessel to send us healing and to bring [dog’s name] to more good health
Oh Lord, please give me strength, wisdom and patience to care for my sick dog
Make me a good companion to him as he goes through this healing journey
I ask that you take away all the suffering and pain of my beloved pet from this health condition
In your mercy and the power of your blessing, heal [dog’s name], restore him to good health and never let him be sick once again
Your loving care and gentle healing hands excludes all death and diseases
Lay your healing touch to my sick dog and send miracles of healing in every part of his body
I pray that you give him comfort and restful sleep
Please help me to consciously feed my dog healthy foods that will bring back his appetite
Bless this cup of water as he drinks it and allow your goodness and mercy to flow through him
Cure my dog that is afflicted with this serious disease
I trust that you will restore his body to a stare of vitality and health
To you comes comfort, ease and relief from pain
I praise and worship your name Oh Lord, and I pray all of this through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. Amen!
Prayer for Dog Surgery
When you brought your dog to a vet clinic and were advised to get surgery, things may have been serious. It’s always best to have a budget solely for your pets once they get sick—since expenses for surgery are no joke.
Things are challenging, but remember to pray for your dog’s successful surgery. As mentioned above, Lord will welcome your prayers for the sake of his creation.
You are entrusted to care for this precious one, so praying for them is a way to extend your love and compassion.
Lord Almighty Father, to you I come today in prayer for the sake of my beloved [dog’s name]
My best friend and my good companion have fallen ill and is currently in need for surgery
This loving creation of yours that you have given me to steward is sick and I pray Lord, that you help me get him his medical care and needs
Please give me an ability to take care and look out for my companion
Please help me and give me strength to do whatever that is necessary to bring relief from any pain my dog is going through
Make me financially capable so I can afford healing and medicines for the treatment and surgery of my sick dog
Bring me to right people and veterinarians who will make my dog’s healing even more possible
Be the guiding light and bestow your knowledge to his veterinarian and make the surgery a success!
Help my dog’s body to cope up from all the treatments and I pray that there will be no side effects from his medicine intakes
I need other people’s support for this surgery and I hope that you send me to those who will be willing to help
Lord, you are the abundance of mercy and goodness
I come to you in desperate time and I need your loving support more than ever
I surrender to you my beloved [dog’s name] for I know that in your presence, all the sickness and health issues retreats
You are the world’s creator, source of life and our great mighty healer
I trust that you will not let your creation separate from your love
From your powerful energy, allow goodness flows into our lives touching my sick dog with the reflection of your sweet love
Grant my special companion a long and healthy life
May healing come forth, that my beloved pet will enjoy the rest of his remaining life happy and peaceful
I pray this through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, Lord hear my prayer! Amen