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St. Francis of Assisi Pet Tags

Updated on April 30, 2014

St. Francis-Patron Saint of Animals

St. Francis loved and respected animals so much he remains their patron saint to this day. He is known to be their great friend and protector in times of need. St. Francis even offered prayers and blessings on behalf of the animals God created. Such devotion is why St. Francis pet medals were created. When a pet wears one, it is a reminder of the saint's great respect and compassion for God's creatures.

This lens has been created for those looking to find a special St. Francis medal for their pet or to give as a wonderful gift to a fellow pet owner.

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The Man Who Became a Saint - Brief look into the life of St. Francis

St. Francis was born into a world of wealth and privilege. His father, Pietro di Bernardone was a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi in Italy. Francis wore clothing of the finest materials and was well-educated (something not many people were back then). Knowing his wealthy future was assured, Francis spent much of his time on his own pleasures and whims.

While serving in the military, Francis spent time as a prisoner of war. During this trying time, he began to change his ways and started to lead a more religious and serious life. Francis eventually was released and took a pilgrimage to Rome. After several spiritual visions, he returned to his beloved Assisi and began to devote his life entirely to faith. All of his treasured wealth was discarded. He renounced his former possessions and chose to lead a life of stark poverty.

St. Francis' inspirational preaching brought a following of believers. His most dedicated and first followers traveled with him to Rome to ask Pope Innocent III to begin a new religious order. The pope gave his agreement so Francis d'Assisi became the first founder of the Franciscan Order of Preaching Friars.

Along with preaching to the people, it is believed he also preached to all the birds and animals. His respect and compassion of God's creatures is one of the reasons why today he is known as the protector and patron saint of animals. When you look at the pet medals in this module, you will notice many state 'protect our pets' and feature St. Francis with animals.

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St. Francis Pet Medals & Tags - Aren't they all the same?

Their are many, many different varieties you can find in St. Francis of Assisi pet medals and tags. Some are specifically geared towards cats or dogs. Others can be used for just about any pet you can attach them to. You will see there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to words or design on each medal. I have included my favorites here but there are other options available.

If you are thinking it may be to much to have a dog tag and St. Francis medal on a collar, do not worry. Many pieces are able to be engraved with important details like pet immunizations and contact information so you do not need a separate pet tag. One final reason, most of the medals are not expensive so you are not putting a fortune on a pet's collar. They also make wonderful gifts for your friend's and family's pets. So take a look at my favorites and decide which is right for you.

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St. Francis of Assisi Pet Medal with Capsule of Assisi Soil - For the dog lover!

St. Francis of Assisi Pet Medal with Capsule of Assisi Soil
St. Francis of Assisi Pet Medal with Capsule of Assisi Soil

This medal is unique as it contains a tiny piece of earth from the actual town of Assisi. The design on the front shows it to clearly be made for a dog lover and goes beyond simply saying the name of the saint. I like how they have engraved 'protector of animals' with two crosses on the front. This is definitely one of my top picks as I like how there is such a unique aspect to the piece.

 

St. Francis pet tag feauturing the St. Francis kneeling with a dog - This tag includes a prayer

Saint Francis Pet Tag
Saint Francis Pet Tag

Owners have reviewed this tag to be extremely well-made and its design to be the perfect choice for a dog lover. On the back of the tag is a prayer, "If by chance I go astray, pray St. Francis I find my way. For in my bed I have to sleep so my master will not weep."

 

Saint Francis Engravable Pet Tag - Same beautiful front design but no prayer on back

Saint Francis Engravable Pet Tag
Saint Francis Engravable Pet Tag

This is the same tag I liked as before but I wanted to include the fact that they make it with or without the prayer on back. I like the prayer but I know some people would prefer to keep it simple and have the back used for Pet ID.

 

Vatican Library Collection-St. Francis of Assisi Dog Tag - Inspired by the Museum Collection of the Vatican

The Vatican Library Collection St. Francis of Assisi Pet Tag
The Vatican Library Collection St. Francis of Assisi Pet Tag

This style is recommended by the beautiful museum collections of the Vatican. According to the description, this is one of their most popular Vatican Library Collections.

I really like the silver tone, the design of the saint, and how it is easy to attach to the collar. I think they did a beautiful job!

 

Pewter Patron St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Protection Medal - For dogs or cats (or anything with a paw)

Pewter Saint Francis of Assisi Medal for Dog or Cat Pet Collar, 1 1/2 Inch
Pewter Saint Francis of Assisi Medal for Dog or Cat Pet Collar, 1 1/2 Inch

If you want a medal with a little more on the fun side then this one is for you. The paw print design in pewter makes it especially pet-friendly!

 

Patron St. Anthony and St. Francis Catholic Christian Pet Medal Pendant - Asking for Protection & Prayer

Saint Anthony St Francis 1 1/4 Inch Pewter Catholic Christian Pet Collar Medal Pendant
Saint Anthony St Francis 1 1/4 Inch Pewter Catholic Christian Pet Collar Medal Pendant

This oval silver-tone medal is double-sided and depicts St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and St. Anthony, the saint of lost items and domestic animals. Together the two show a need for protecting your pet and prayer. I like the idea of having both the saints. With a dog who is prone to stupidity (like mine), he is always in need of protection and prayer.

 

Saint Francis of Assisi Pet ID Tag-Pink - You can even get it engraved (but not in pink)

Pet Id Tag Saint Francis of Assisi- Pink
Pet Id Tag Saint Francis of Assisi- Pink

If you cannot think without pink then I have chosen the right tag for your pet. The image of the saint has a backdrop of pink and little stars on either side of the words 'protect my pet.' The company graciously offers to engrave 3 lines (up to 12 characters each + spaces) for you. I really enjoy their offer to do so as someone who is not allowed to drive, it makes life a lot easier to not have to leave the house.

 

St. Francis pet medal featuring the saint blessing a dog - Included with the medal is a 'prayer for my pet'

Saint St Francis of Assisi 1 Inch H Silver Tone Pet Medal
Saint St Francis of Assisi 1 Inch H Silver Tone Pet Medal

This medal brings to light the choice Saint Francis made to follow his faith by living a life of poverty. In his simple outfit he is blessing a dog by his side.

The pewter-like medal has a flower motif on the back and simply says 'Pray for Us.' Another beautiful choice!

 

Luxepets Pet Collar Charm, Saint Francis of Assisi - Simplistic design and blank on the back for engraving

Luxepets Pet Collar Charm, Saint Francis of Assisi, Small, Black
Luxepets Pet Collar Charm, Saint Francis of Assisi, Small, Black

This medal is made of zinc-free alloy and asks to 'protect our pet.' I like the colors and the way the figure of the saint truly stands out. The makers have also made this tag engravable on the back so it can double for a pet identification.tag.

 

Saint Francis Charm Pet Tag Feauturing 'God Bless My Cat'

GOD BLESS MY CAT - Saint Francis Charm, Tag - with Prayer Card from Fantasy Farm
GOD BLESS MY CAT - Saint Francis Charm, Tag - with Prayer Card from Fantasy Farm

This tag features 'God Bless My Cat' on the front and St. Francis on the back. The medal is done in pewter with a prayer card and color print of St. Francis. This piece is one of the cheapest to purchase and reviewers have said it makes a wonderful gift!

 

Saint Francis Charm & Pet Tag Featuring 'God Bless My Dog'

GOD BLESS MY DOG - Saint Francis Charm, Tag - with PRAYER CARD, from Fantasy Farm
GOD BLESS MY DOG - Saint Francis Charm, Tag - with PRAYER CARD, from Fantasy Farm

If you liked the design of the one before but are a dog-owner there is no need to get upset. The makers have also designed one specifically for dogs. Same design on the back but a blessing for your dog on the front.

 

St. Francis of Assisi Blessing

O God, the author and giver of every gift,

animals also are a part of the way you provide help

for our needs and labors.

We pray through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi,

that you will make available for our use

the things we need to maintain a decent human life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Books on the Amazing Life of Saint Francis - One of the most fascinating and famous of all saints

For this lens, I did research on the life of Saint Francis and was amazed to find just how interesting of a life he led. He was a popular young man with a life of leisure and yet he ended up denouncing it all for a life of faith and poverty. How could one not be fascinated by a person who changed so much in one lifetime! Hence why I have created this module so you can learn more of his incredible life for yourself.

Beautiful Assisi - I Have Seen it For Myself

I have experienced the beauty of Assisi, the home of St. Francis. I found it to be one of the most lovely and peaceful places in Italy. Evidently the people of Italy believed so as well because after the canonization of St. Francis in 1228, a beautiful church was built in his honor. When you enter (through an intricate Gothic portal) the lower basilica you find it to be covered in religious frescoes depicting the life of Christ. The upper floor of the basilica has a stunning view from the east front and is done in white limestone, in the center lies a beautiful rose window. Inside you find paintings decorating the walls which feature the life and faith of St. Francis.

I also saw the Basilica of Santa Chiara (St. Clare) who was one of St. Francis' first followers. She founded the Order of the Poor Ladies, a monastery order where women could follow the Franciscan tradition. After her death, the order was named, the Order of Saint Clare, in her honor. The church was built as a memorial to St. Clare and is beautiful. While visiting, I was even able to view the remains of St. Clare. I had the option to also view the remains of St. Francis but did not (you must pay a fee). If you have never been to Italy or Assisi, please consider going. The town and churches are something everyone should experience.

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Did you know Saint Francis was the patron saint of animals before reading this lens?

Yes. Of course I knew that.

Yes. Of course I knew that.

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    • Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Yes!

    • ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Yes

    No but I've learned something new today!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I seem to learn something new every day!

      Questions? Comments? Flames? - Be brave and share!

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          Some wonderful pet tags here - really beautifully made! Thanks for collecting these and presenting them here!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          they are pretty. they could be in a collectors item

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          St. Francis of Assisi seems to have a generous heart to all, so I guess it should be no surprise that his love extended to animals....a gentle soul. This was a very nice idea and those tags are special for sure.

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