Blessing Our Furry Friends: The Patron Saints of Pets

Blessing Our Furry Friends: The Patron Saints of Pets

Posted by Cindy Battisti on 09 27 2023

Be it through frustration at their behaviors or concern for their well-being, often Pet Moms will resort to calling upon the patron saints of animals and pets. Sometimes it’s just hard to understand what’s going on with the furry family members and any potential help is more than welcome!

The stories of these saints are fascinating and inspiring. To read more about their lives check out Wikipedia for in depth information.

St. Francis of Assisi: The Beloved Animal Lover

One of the most well-known patron saints of pets is St. Francis of Assisi, often referred to as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Born in the 12th century, St. Francis had a deep affinity for nature and all living beings. Legend has it that he could communicate with animals, preaching to them and even taming ferocious wolves.

Every year on October 4th, the feast day of St. Francis, pet owners gather for "Blessing of the Animals" ceremonies. During these events, pets of all kinds, from dogs and cats to birds and hamsters, receive a special blessing in honor of St. Francis' love for all creatures.

St. Gertrude of Nivelles: Guardian of Cats

For feline enthusiasts, St. Gertrude of Nivelles is often invoked as the patron saint of cats. She lived a short and strictly devout life as an abbess. Her association with cats is drawn from her employing them to rid her abbey of rats and mice in the 6th century, when rodents carried lethal diseases.

St. Roch: Patron of Dogs

The devout St Roch is known for tending and curing those dying of plague in the 1300s. Eventually he found that he too was ill and retired to the woods away from people. A spring arose near his hut to sustain him and a dog brought him bread. This pup also licked and healed his sores. The owner, following his dog, discovered St Roch and took him home to care for him in his recovery.

St. Martin of Tours: Patron of Equestrians

A mounted Roman calvary soldier, Martin is famed for giving half his cloak to a beggar on a freezing night. Later that night he has a vision revealing the beggar was Christ himself.

St. Eligius of Noyon is known as the patron saint of horses but, as the story is a little gruesome, I suggest you look him up on your own.

As we celebrate the bond between humans and animals, let us remember and honor these patron saints of pets. Their stories inspire us to cultivate compassion, kindness, and a deep appreciation for the diverse forms of life that share our homes and hearts. 

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