I shall be a believer of all that is good in man and all that is deserving in animals.
I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their safety, and uphold their right to a natural death.
I shall seek out the injured and the maimed, the unloved and the abandoned, and tend to them in their last days.
I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of life, nor that we walk in each other's paths.
I shall bear witness to the wonder they bring into our lives, and to the beauty they bestow on our souls.
I shall restore their spirits when they are waning, bind their wounds when they bleed, cradle them when they whimper and comfort them when they mourn.
I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need -a companion and a friend when their time has come.
I shall watch over them and console them and ask that the angels gather them in their arms.
From the creatures of the earth I shall learn the fruits of compassion and undying love.
In their company, I shall indeed be blessed.