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"You Have a Church for Cats?” The Service of an Animal Chaplain

Reflections on how we grieve the death of our pets, addressing the needs of animals, and how to practice mindfulness with cats.

On Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

“When interfaith chaplain Sarah Bowen tells people that she is also an animal chaplain, the reaction is often the same: “You have a church for cats?”

Even though we can all agree that would be incredibly cute, Bowen and other animal chaplains primarily help people with end of life care and the grieving process for the animals who often become an integral part of our families but whose deaths we tend to not process as fully. The job can also entail working with animals in shelters, addressing behavioral problems through interspecies spiritual practices, and animal advocacy. ... Read the full article on


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