Do Animals or Pets Go To Heaven? A Biblical Analysis

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Almost everyone has lost a beloved pet.  They become part of the family and many couples who are childless consider their pets as their own children.  So what happens to pets after they die?  Do the go to heaven?  Will we ever see our dearly departed pets again?  What is their fate?  What does the Bible say about animals after they die?  These precious loved animals include dogs, cats, horses, and even a few unorthodox pets that families have grown to love and grieve after they are gone.  Let’s see what the Word of God says about whether or not animals or pets go to heaven?

Pets Are Part of the Family

Are pets part of the family? This may seem like a trivial question for some people but for those who have pets, this is a question that has been asked particularly after the death of their pets.  The Bible is clear that babies, young children, infants, or toddlers that die before they are able to accept Jesus Christ as Savior go directly into the presence of the Lord.  When a parent loses a child, they can be comforted with this fact, but this does not mean that they will not grieve them.  I can remember losing pets and losing them is painful; our family has grieved these who were lost too.    They are part of the family.  They are treated as a child and I have had a few pets that thought that they were human too in the way they acted.

I know of several couples that were unable to have children and so they were especially close to their pets and loved them as they would their very own children if they were able to bear them.  Many elderly couples and those who have had a spouse die are left only with their pets and animal’s companionship has sustained them through many lonely days and long nights.  A pet’s love is so very often completely unconditional.  They don’t care what your day was like, what went wrong at work, what your mood is when you come home.  They are always ready to jump up into your lap and are so full of joy at seeing you that they display this love in their actions.  How often I have come home from a hard day at work only to see my beloved dogs or cats run with joy to greet me.  Their sheer joy at seeing me often makes me forget what a difficult day I had because they are there to meet with eager expectation.

Famous Christians Who Believe Pets Go To Heaven

Randy Alcorn in his book called “Heaven” believes that animals will be present in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Famous Christian authors who believe that pets go to heaven include: C. S. Lewis, Peter Kreeft, Sylvia Brown, Niki Behrikis Shanahan, James Herriot, and dozens and dozens of others; the list of Christian pastors, theologians, and clergy is too long to list here. Suffice it to say that a lot of Christians believe that pets do go to heaven and that there will be animals in heaven.

What the Bible Says About Animals

Let’s take a look at the scriptures that relate to animals and what is said of them:

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21: “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.  Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath (literally “spirit“); humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Job 12:10 “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath (literally “spirit”) of all mankind.”

Genesis 9:9-10 I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.”

Genesis 9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Genesis 6:19-22 “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.  You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”

Genesis 1:30 “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.”

Hosea 2:18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety.”

Luke 12:6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”

Animals in Heaven

The Bible indicates that animals will exist after His return and the beginning of the Kingdom as Isaiah 11:6-9 reads, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”  Here is the Word of God declaring that animals will still exist in the future, after Christ’s reign begins. Ecclesiastes mentions that there is a “spirit” in man but also in animals in (3:19, 21) but this does not necessarily mean that it is an eternal spirit.

Revelation 19:11-14 indicates, for example, that Jesus returns to the earth with His army of saints on white horses, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”

The Conclusion

Upon examining the scriptures we just don’t have biblical support to say this with certainty whether or not our pets will be in heaven, however it does appear that animals will exist in the Kingdom of heaven (Isaiah 11:6-9). If our pets will be resurrected or not, we just cannot say for sure. A more important question is if you, the reader, will be in heaven.  It is pointless to ponder the question of whether your pet goes to heaven if you yourself are not there.  The only way to be sure is to make certain you can go there. Decide today to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and have the full assurance that you will go to heaven and receive eternal life.  As for your pets being in heaven or not, the only way to find out is to go there yourself.  That is my prayer for you.

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Kirk October 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I believe God promises that he will not withhold any good thing from us. If my extraordinary dog Zhitnik, who passed away a week ago, isn’t in heaven, I plan on requesting her back (God made her once, it shouldn’t be a big thing to recreate her). Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin, so if animal sacrifices (burnt offerings) sufficed for Israel until Christ made the ultimate sacrifice, I believe animals aren’t mere throwaways. Also, when Adam & Eve sinned, death was passed upon all creation. If Christ’s sacrifice is to be 100% sufficient over death, hell and the grave, I can’t picture it being complete without including a victory over ALL death, past or future (future from the time of his death, burial and resurrection), animal or man (animals don’t need redemption, man does, speaking in the moral sense). Scripture and God focuses on mankind, so that is where the emphasis lies. All creation is tainted by sin, so all must be rescued from the sentence of death.Also – Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things have passed away.” God gave us brains to think, and ponder scripture. I don’t think he is going to completely wipe our brains with spiritual Valium. How would we know how praiseworthy he is if our memories were obliterated? Obviously we will be given complete understanding. And he redeemed the animal kingdom with Noah and his family. I’m not sure there is 100% scriptural evidence, but if you know God’s attributes from scripture, his great patience and love for us even when we were unbelievers, I have to think the animal kingdom will be present, if not in heaven, at least on the new earth. And his redeemed will rule with him.


JoAnn Dolberg December 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Our God does not make things and then indiscriminately throw them away. I am re-posting an earlier comment I made, which I believe the Scriptures teach:

JoAnn Dolberg October 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Do Our Animals Live Again?
Colossians 2:20 tells us, that Christ reconciled all things to Himself through the blood of His cross, and verses sixteen through seventeen give us the context of “all things.” Acts 17:24-25 tell us that God made the world and everything in it, and that He gives to all life, (the principle of life), breath (spirit), and all things. The animals know their Master’s crib. Consider, for example, Balaam’s donkey who tried to move the false prophet out of the way of the Angel of the LORD, so He would not kill Balaam, (Numbers 22:22-33). Note that the LORD did not speak through the donkey; He opened her mouth, allowing her to speak to Balaam. She recognized the LORD and laid herself (with Balaam atop) down before Him!
Animals have been involved in human history since the beginning when Satan used the dragon, the serpent, as his “cover,” (Genesis 3:1; Ezekiel 28:13; Revelation 20:2); the animal sacrifices were the result of this demonic first-use activity since Satan sacrificed the animals by virtue of having used one of them; however, this is another study. Suffice it to say, Satan ruins everything with which he is involved.
Note Paul’s explanation, “The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing, (the visible manifestation) of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (death) into the glorious liberty of the children of God,” (Romans 8:19-21).
Revelation 19:11-16 reveals to us that Christ Himself, is seated on the white horse that appears when the heavens are opened just prior to His return to earth to establish God’s kingdom on earth. This horse represents to me, man’s early use of the animal in wartime, when many of them also died along with their masters while they were engaged in the activity of killing one another. What better way to demonstrate God’s care and love for the animals than to have our Savior, the Prince of Peace, appear on a horse!
I suppose the reason the written Word does not address this issue in a more straightforward style is because of man’s urgent need to understand his own necessity for deliverance. God does not throw life away; we throw our own lives away, just as Satan and the fallen angels and much of humanity does. God wants to give us not only life, but also a lifestyle of righteousness, justice, peace and joy in the Lord. What blessing there will be for all who recognize and believe His written Word concerning the regal lifestyle (Genesis 1:26; Revelation 3:11, 21) that the King of kings has in store for all who overcome their old sin natures in the power of the written Word of God. These Christians willingly live lifestyles now in obedience to God’s command to serve their neighbors in self-sacrificial service for their neighbor’s benefit.
I think God must look at us in the way we look at our pets, and simply desire that we come when He calls, and that we eat His food instead of another’s and that we stay close to Him, in and by means of His written Word. And just as we protect our pets, this would be for our benefit, because the Word of God, Jesus the Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us, is now alive and powerful, (Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 19:13b; John 1:1, 14)!
We will see our pets again. If we love them, how much more does the God who created them, love them too.
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Laura September 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I agree with you Kirk, and you don’t know how encouraging it was to read your email. I made a horrible mistake in March 2013 and put a precious cat to sleep, and it was the biggest mistake of my life. It turns out, she wasn’t as bad as I thought, and could have lived a lot longer. The veterenarian didn’t even recommend it. I panicked and didn’t wait long enough for her to get better and thought she was suffering more than she was. I know it was a mistake because at the veteranairan, when the receptionist said she had to put a pet to sleep to, it’s difficult, right then my cat got so scared she peed all through her cat carrier. It’s like she understood human language and new what she was saying and was scared for her life. She was too weak to meow, which would have reminded me how she had the will too live, but I didn’t get it until it was too late. I sinned big time that day. Against myself, her and God, because I had always prayed for her protection before that! She was only 14. It was the biggest mistake of my life. I will regret it forever. THere never was a cat I’ve ever had as loving and intellegent and cuddely as her. And I’d took care of her since she was 2. I thought she was suffering, but later realized she wasn’t that bad off and could have easily got better if I’d had more patients and waited longer. I thought I was being humane, but now realize, it was the most inhumane thing I could have done. When humans are sick or suffering, we don’t put them to sleep, because life if precious. It is for pets too. And life is better. When we are sick, that’s when we appreciate life the most, and so do animals, they just cant tell us when they are too weak to meow or bark, but that doesn’t mean they want to be put to sleep. If they could talk, they would say no way. So now, I’m lobbying for much stricter laws against euthanasia. I hope and pray that someday soon, it will be the law in every city and state across the USA and across the whole world that veteranarians will not do it, at least not if they don’t recommend it. The way the law is now, if the pet owner insists and signs for it, the veterenarians will usually do it, even if the veterenarian doesnt recommend it, because pets are considered property. So I’m going to start lobbying animal rights activists groups for us all to start getting a certain amount of signatures and lobbying the veteranary board of medicene for much stricter laws against euthansia in any pet or animal. If only the veterinarian had refused that day, and said, you are going to have to keep force feeding her until she starts eating on her own again, or give her up for adoption. If only the veterenarian had said that, me and my precious cat would have been thanking her the next day when I came to my senses.

So, I can’t go back in time and undue the worst mistake I ever made that day. All I can do now is keep asking God’s forgiveness, because she was the most loving cat anywhere that God created, and pray that she’s an angel in heaven, because she was more angelic than most humans, and pray that her soul does live on as an angel in Gods arms, and that she can someday, somehow, be reborn, or reancaranated in a new body or similar one, like the Bible talks about, if she wants to. New heaven and new earth. And there are billions of galaxies and planets and soloar systems being created all the time, so plenty of room, but each human and animal, especially pets, is so unique and precious, so I hope God remembers us and our personality lives on. And it’s so important who we associate with, even with relatives. Even eldery parents can be negative influences on us, and thats what happened to me temporarily. I was temporarily influenced negatively by an elderly parent in there 70’s who doesn’t even care about cats! I should have listened to the veterenaraians advice to wait longer for my beloved cat do get better. And I should have prayed about it.
Then I would have remembered how much I loved her and that she wasn’t suffering as much as i thought and still had the will to live.
It was so encouraging to me to read your comment. I thought I was the only one that hoped for this. Your right, the Bible talks about a new heaven and new earth. So since animals are mamals, just like humans, and give us so much unconditional love, I believe they are more likely to go straight to heaven even than humans because they are so much more christian like, especially pets. But life is precious here too, so that’s why I’m lobbying for stricter laws against euthanasia, because it wasn’t her time yet, she could have got better. I was negatively influenced at the time by listening to a relative that doesen’t even care about pets, and is unchristian. Now I will regret it forever. So, it was encouraging to me to read your comment. I pray if she’s up there that she forgives me. And I will spend the rest of my life trying to make it up to her by lobbying the veterenary board of medicene for much stricter laws against euthanasia in pets. If not doing away with it completly. Because one day of temporary insanity, thinking the pets worse than they are, when it turns out, I was the one sick at the time going through a crisis, and over-reacted and thought she was sicker than she was, and so one day of not thinking, and then it’s too late for the precious pet, and the pet owner will regret it the rest of their life. So that’s not fair to pets. She was more intellegent than me, that cat, and I needed her as much as she needed me.

Any idea how to lobby for stricter laws against euthanasia of pets?

And I hope and pray you are right that her soul and spirit live on, because she deserved it, and that she can be recreated. I wonder if humans and pets memories are intact if were are recreated?

I also lost my Mom to breast cancer 7 years before that, and my aunt had been praying for me in her church group, and at a time I was in despair, I had started praying out loud as well as silently, and real, unexplainable miracles happened. So I know that God exists and hears us.


sofie November 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

We lost our beautiful and loyal friend, Sofie, our dear yellow lab last Oct. 27, 2014. She was the love of our lives. She was everything to my kids and now she’s gone first because of pyometra, then distemper. Up to this day my eldest son who is 19 doesn’t want to speak to me because I let Sofie be put to sleep. Back then I had no choice because she was vomiting blood and was showing advanced stages of distemper.
She just underwent the illness of pyometra and now she had to battle distemper. Everything was so sudden, she never showed signs of weakness and we thought that 10 yo and 6 mos. is still such a youthful age for her to be sick. We were so stupid to think that way. I wish we had brilliant and true-to-their-mission vets who would have helped us through those trying times.
I could never forgive myself for playing god during that time. WARNING: to all who will opt for mercy killing. DON’T DO IT. You will never fill the void you will have in your heart. If your dog is very sick, try all means to cure her or let her be cured by a trustworthy vet. If your vet is irritant of you, billing every word he’d say or opting for mercy killing, RUN away from him and find a way for your pet to prolong its life.
I was so stupid to listen to heartless science and BS new age hullabaloos. Let nature take its course and always pray to our Lord in heaven for strength, wisdom and guidance. What’s done is done but I maybe could help by advising people who really love their pets to love them even more by taking more care of them when they are sick and helpless. When we were sick and helpless, didn’t our pets look out for us even in our darkest hours? They are the only ones who could and would be there for us when everyone is busy with their own thing.
I betrayed my dearest best friend Sofie, and I pray that God may forgive me for being so arrogant on how to end the life of His precious creature. I am hurtful and you will be too once you opted for “mercy” killing. Try to save your pet and if nothing works just stay calm and wait for the time your pet would bid her last goodbye.
I miss you and I love you my dearest friend SOFIE…


Judy July 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I feel your pain. Had the same thing happen with my beautiful sheltie of 13 years. I felt it was his time, and perhaps it wasn’t. But we BOTH did what we thought was good for our pets at that time, remember that. Don’t beat yourself up, because you and I both thought it was best at that time. It’s ok to forgive yourself and yes, we know there is a good God, and if it’s important to us, it’s important to God. If there are white horses in heaven, to me, it means there are other creatures. We WILL see our beloved pets again.


JoAnn Dolberg October 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Not that it matters what I think about your post, but Kirk, your ability to reason through the Scripture is truly nonpareil! Understanding the attributes of God is key to understanding what God thinks and how God thinks, as revealed in His written Word.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but like you, I do believe you will see her again.


Jesse October 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

Hi (im only 13 so please dont be harsh on me thank you)

My puppy who was only 1 and a half years old and passed away a day ago and my little sister and my whole family were devastated we grieved and grieved so i started checking on pages similar to this and a man from a Baptist Church came over and my little sister asked if there dogs go to Heaven and the man said ‘well yes i believe there is such a thing’,and i believe there is as well and one day we could be reunited with our loved ones (incl.pets)
(please,if you have any disagreements with what i wrote that is okay and if you can, correct me or tell me what is wrong.But please dont be harsh)

May God Bless :)


Jack Wellman October 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Jesse….I am so very sorry for your loss. The Bible is silent on whether our pets go to heaven or not but the main thing is that we make sure that WE do for if we don’t, we’ll never know. I would hope so but we must put Christ ahead of all things (Matt 6:33). I do not disagree but I do not know for sure. Where the Bible is silent we cannot say for sure.


chi May 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

So what you’re saying Jack is that it dose not matter if animals get into heaven as long as people do?


Jack Wellman May 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thank you Chi. I never said that “it dose not matter if animals get into heaven as long as people do?” I said I don’t know if they do or not. Where the Bible is silent so must we be. Do you have any Scriptures that show that our pets go to heaven Chi? So, no, what I am saying is NOT “it dose not matter if animals get into heaven as long as people do?” and if you can quote me in this article, please do my friend.


JoAnn Dolberg October 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Jack, I respectfully disagree….I understand that the Bible does not say “pets, animals, go to heaven. The key is knowing who our God is. He is loving, kind, and righteous. We can be very sure that He does not throw life away. If people do not believe in Jesus as their personal Savior, they have chosen to throw themselves away; it is not His will that any should perish. The book of Revelation says Jesus is going to return on a white horse. While some may laugh and call that simply figurative language, I maintain that He did not have to put that into the Word at all if it were not also literal. So for all the Scripture I did list, and knowing the personality of our Great God, I do believe our pets are saved. God’s life is forever life, and if He gives breath (spirit) to all things, then all things that breathe will continue to breathe unless He snuffs them out, which our God will not do. I do not mean to cause anyone grief of any kind, but God is good, and everything He does is good. Jesse, I believe with all my heart that God has your puppy.


Jack Wellman October 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you Mrs. Dolberg…but unless I am convinced by Scripture and Scripture alone, I can not extrapolate what I believe and use God’s attributes to build a belief in something that is not recorded in the Bible. Pets may well go to heaven and I am not saying that they do not…I am only saying that the Bible does not say that they do. I see not one Scripture that shows this to be conclusive and so I can’t be conclusive. If you can give me Bible verses to prove otherwise, I am ready to be corrected, otherwise here I stand. I do not know for sure if they do or don’t because the Bible does not say that they do or don’t.


Furbabies mom November 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What does Job 12:10(KJV)mean? In whose hand is the (soul of every living thing), and the breath of all mankind.

Romans 8:19(KJV) For the earnest expectation of the (creature) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Romans 8:21(KJV) Because the (creature) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

These are just a few, and my opinion that pets (all animals) will go to and be in Heaven.


Jack Wellman November 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thank you Furbabies Mom. Romans 8:19 speaks about the “creation” or the entire universe. Read the entire context and the previous verses before Rom 8:19 and you can see Paul is writing about the universe and the travail of the universe under sin. Romans 8:19 actually says, in the Greek, “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” The creation is not the creature or creatures…the word used here in the Greek refers to a physical universe not a human being or soul or spirit. Romans 8:21 says the same thing…so I don’t know what translation you are using but is actually says “that the creation (stars, universe, earth…and not human or animal creatures) itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Then Job 12:10 says “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Indeed this is true, all living things on earth are in God’s hands but this doesn’t say anything about where they go. All living things, including those who reject the gospel, are not going to heaven and so to use this verse to indicate this means this is so is not what this verse means. The Bible does not dogmatically or conclusively say that “all pets” go to heaven and so I can’t say whether they do or whether they don’t…that would be only human opinion and where the Bible is silent, so must we be. There is that possibility but we can’t say for certain for the Bible doesn’t say for certain. Make sense? Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you are right.


Carolyn May 2, 2015 at 3:54 am

Well said I like that . I have to lost some pets I hope they are there


Superman October 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I think many Christians are confused what the “afterlife” is like. Many Christians think that once you die in this present world, you will be taken to Heaven to be with God. That is not what the Bible says. The Bible says you be sleeping until the Day of Judgment when everyone will rise from the dead. I would say that very few humans are living in the spiritual realm now…Enoch, Elijah, Moses, and Jesus are the few that lived in this world and are in Heavenly places now. Everybody else is sleeping until the last days.

Then, after the final resurrection, the wicked will be sent to Hell. And the righteous will live eternally with the Lord here on Earth, not in a spiritual realm. The Lord will come to us and dwell with us. There will be no darkness for the light of the Lord will keep it daytime all day long everyday. The New Jerusalem will be our city and the chosen will reign with Christ. The question is who will we reign over.

So, if you realize that Earth will still be our home, then it is easy to believe that there will also be plants and animals among us. The question is will the Lord bring back the spirit of a loved pet. I don’t know for sure. However, I’m positive there will be no weeping and mourning on the New Earth. So, either the Lord will bring you a former beloved pet in the next life or you will not remember the pet that you had in this life. I tend to believe the Lord will do whatever that will bring us the greatest joy. So, I wouldn’t worry about it. Just trust in the Lord.


Brenda Lee December 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

I believe this is true ..waste no time on worrying on what could be.Trust in in the Lord !


Kristie Mobley July 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

You must be a Jehovah witness…because Paul says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord..sorry but God does not pick and choose once we are saved by the blood of Christ who goes to heaven only, we are righteous,pure and white as snow…we do NOT lie in a grave waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Our spirit returns to our maker,when Christ returns for his Bride our spirit is then reunited with our new glorified body..and pets will be in heaven,the bible is silent on many things,but we if we no our King then we would understand that life is precious ..all of it..and he created every thing including all of our pets he loves them more than we ever could,,they were not created to be disposable…the ones on here who say we just don’t no…sorry yes we do,because we no who our loving King is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ray November 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

So many people just do not know the bible. They take part of it then interpret according to their own preconceived ideas.
Romans 8:21: “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” !


scottt lewis December 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

My dog katie passed away in march of this year. She died of cancer. Do i believe she is in heaven? I would like to think that. But the main thing that Jesus is lord and savior of MY life first and formost. Was God their when i had Katie put down? did God grieve with me, was he hurt like i was? Yes to all of them. For God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground and cares and feeds them. Trust me , God does care, give all of our hurts to him for he is there waiting on us to ask. Keep Christ first and who knows,maybe we all will be walking our pets on the streets of gold!


Scott December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I know this will be an unpopular posting but I want to weigh in on this. I love my dog very much and the thought of losing him is terrible to think of but I will not see my dog in heaven. Common sense and the nature of the soul shows this out.

All living things have a soul but not all living things have a spirit that can survive death. When a pet dies, it souls dies with it. Only a human has a soul and a spirit that can survive death.

I will confess that I could be wrong and wish I was but I don’t have any reason or facts that say I am wrong. And it is dangerous when people read what they want to hear about God’s Word. That is why we have so many denominations and cults…people perverting the Word.

Having said all this, I hope all of you see your pet in Heaven because I would love to see mine as well.

God Bless us all.


Jack Wellman December 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Thank you Scott. It may not be popular, but it doesn’t matter. The truth rarely is popular. The fact is that the Bible is silent on this and so must I be. I just don’t know if they will or not, even so, thank you sir for adding to the discussion.


Heidi Pafford August 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

I want to share an incredible story of my own that I am so driven to share that i believe can prove a point. About 6 years ago, I had a beautiful teacup chihuahua that I named Noah. I have no children and he was my world. One night before work, I had decided to walk him and i was walking down my driveway with Noah on a leash on my own property. A cruel man that lives across my street was leaning across my mailbox which i thought seemed very strange to me. I did not make it all the way there because an inner voice told me to turn around and run back to my house. When the man saw me stop and pick up Noah. He stepped back and had a huge dog behind him and i panicked! He told his dog to “sic em.” He screamed this three times and i took of running back to my house!! The dog jumped up on me as i was thinking i would be killed at this point and grabbed my little chihuahua. I lost it and he killed my little dog which left me so devastated. When I finally had gotten Noah back, thank God he was still in one piece!! I cried all night long and for a very long time after it happened. I decided to say a prayer to God to please give me a sign that Noah was with him and that he would be okay. I did not know if he would answer it or not so i went about my business. The very next morning when my husband was sitting at his desk and doing his checkbook, we were having a conversation about work. I was leaning against the bedroom door. I could not believe my ears when me and my husband both heard a toy coming from my closet squeaking loudly!! My husband looked at me and he was white as a ghost and in total shock. He said, “Is that what I think It Is?” I replied with a yes and i was crying out loud because we both knew that it was Noah’s favorite toy! He use to carry it around the house squeaking it all the time!! It was a tiny rubber Santa Clause. When I went to my closet and opened the door, I had put Noah’s toys into the closet the night before because they were a painful reminder of him and i could not bear to look at them at the time. The tiny santa was on the top of all the other toys that i had bagged up! Noah had been the only animal in the house at that time. There is no way that anything could have made that toy squeak but him!! God had answered my prayer about my precious dog and given me the comfort that i needed to be able to go on. I was happy the rest of the day and thereafter!!! I remember thinking at that time how wonderful God is to love a precious creature like that. I might not have believed what happened that morning myself if my husband had not also witnessed that!! God does love his animals and will certainly answer your prayer like he did mine if you will pour you heart out to him!! I also praised God for answering my prayer!! Heidi P.


Debbie June 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

I loved your story about Noah! Such a cruel thing you witnessed happen to your little dog, and I believe God so knew your heartbreak and in his great compassion desired to comfort you! That is who he is! I lost my 12 1/2 year old sweetheart shepherd/lab mix, Sadie today. She was in kidney failure & I brought her home after the Dx thinking I could do everything and anything to make this angel of a dog better. My husband and I tried for 5 days. she got worse and worse, to the point that she’d try to get up and collapse. She wouldn’t eat or drink, and I would feed her with a syringe & usually she would throw up. She became so weak, she seemed to be telling me, “let me go!,” even though, as sick as she was, she wagged her tail when I talked to her or laid down with her. I could not let this dog suffer like this another moment! We had her euthanized today, and she WAS at peace! I am not sorry AT ALL that we did this, though we are truly mourning the loss of her. I prayed to Jesus & asked him to take her and make her his! Only he could take perfect care of her. My husband says she is running in the fields of heaven right now, and I believe this. We have bible scholars who believe no heaven for pets & others who do. God really isn’t interested in how “scholarly” we are- but only in the depth of our faith, and belief in his goodness. So while there may be no verbatim scriptural basis for my beliefs, God has hidden the answers to some questions from us. It doesn’t matter HOW you interpret the bible. The answer to this question about our pets isn’t there- or it is. What matters, I think, is who you know God to be personally. What is his desire for us in the afterlife? For me, GOD KNOWS animals, my pets, are a HUGE part of my life. I believe I will see them all, and yes, the lamb will lay down with the lion! That is a glorious picture!


Crystal Jackson August 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

That was beautiful. Thank you. I can honestly say that we have never grieved over anything more than the loss of our beloved dogs. After putting 2 pets to sleep 6 years ago, and fighting so hard to save them, we were devastated. There was no amount of money we would not have spent trying to make them well. When the 3rd dog, a beautiful white German Shepherd, was almost 14 she passed on her own peacefully, while my husband read passages of the bible to her. I can’t tell you how much I prayed, especially the last year of her life, that when her time came to leave this world that she would not suffer, she would not be afraid, and we would not have to make that horrible decision. I was so afraid that she would be scared. I don’t think I could have survived seeing her afraid. God answered my prayer. There has not been a day that goes by that I don’t think of them, kiss their collars etc. We have all of their ashes. I will miss them all the days of my life. There are several reasons I have to believe that animals have souls and we will see that again. During the time our shepherd was leaving this world my sister saw, and recorded, these bright white flashes of lights around her dog(a very sweet Rottweiler). She was a couple of hundred miles away from me and had never witnessed this before. I did not tell my sister of our dog’s passing for a week because I could not talk about it. When I finally told her she sent me the videos she took and the times stamped as they occurred. She felt like they were lights of angels, but did not know what they meant. They occurred over the time my dogs spirit was leaving this world. I believe that my dog’s spirit visited my sister’s dog so that my sister could let me know my beautiful girl was alright and we would see her again. My sister’s dog has had these spirits visit her since then as well. I wonder whether it is the spirit of my 3 pets, as she has since seen 3 lights at a time. The 2nd thing happened to me. I was sitting in my office. I heard the sound of non-labored breathing. It was the way our shepherd sounded when she was sleeping so soundly. It was a sound we loved to hear. I got up and walked into the hallway to listen to where it was coming from and then it would stop. I went back to my office and wondered if it could possibly be our dog trying to tell me she was okay, or was it the sound of frogs in the pond (did not sound anything like frogs). I heard the sound again and went to look for where it was coming from again and again the sound stopped. Just as I went to go back to my office I heard the frogs start to make their screaming sound, as if to assure me that what I was hearing was not the frogs. I do believe that this was my beautiful girl’s spirit. The 3rd thing was a dream my husband had about me sitting in my office again, when I heard a bark. I went to the hallway and listened and there was a bark again. I walked to the great room where I had heard the bark come from, and there sat our beautiful shepherd by the back door. She looked translucent and had large angel wings. I was so happy to see her and called out her name “Bella”, short for Annabella. My husband said she looked as though she was smiling. Although my heart was broken into a million pieces after each loss, we rescued 2 other dogs after the loss of the first 2. You can never replace the ones you have loved and lost, but there are so many animals in pounds, humane societies and with rescue groups who will love you to the end of the earth and are desperate to have someone love them. So many have never known a kind hand or soft voice. They will never live long enough for those of us who truly love animals; however, I cannot imagine life with out pets. They are as much our family as an human and they are the only things on earth, besides God, who will love us unconditionally, even when we don’t deserve it. I hope this long response is comforting to anyone who reads it. God bless all of you for caring for the most innocent of creatures. They are God’s blessing to us all. God gave man dominion over animals. It does not mean we can abuse them, It is a responsibility we should take seriously. They deserve our care.


JoAnn Dolberg December 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

“A righteous man regards the life of his animal,” (Proverbs 12:10a). Who is more righteous than Jesus, the Christ? “All things were created through Him and for Him,” (Colossians 1:16b).


DJReidy January 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Thank you for this article. I recently lost my dog.

I found one of the comments interesting: “The fact is that the Bible is silent on this and so must I be.”

My question is: Why must a person be silent on the issue if the Bible is silent?

What answer should one give to people who ask, “What is the canon of Sacred Scripture?”

The Bible does not contain that information anywhere.

It’s not possible to use the Bible as a reference to arrive at its canon because, A, the Bible does not disclose the canon, and, B, in order to answer the question, it would be necessary to first demonstrate that what one is referencing is inspired. How can that be done?

So, if the Bible is silent on the canon, what answer does a person give to people inquiring? Does one just say, “I must be silent on what the biblical canon is because the Bible doesn’t tell me”?

If that is the case, then no one knows what “the Bible” is comprised of, as the Bible doesn’t tell us.

Are all Paul’s epistles inspired? Peter seems to say so. In 2 Peter 3:16, he uses the term “all his epistles” and “the other scriptures,” so he seems to indicate that “all” Paul’s epistles are “scripture.”

Yet, we know for a fact that we are missing at least one of Paul’s epistles, as he mentions it in the alleged “first” epistle to the Corinthians: “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.” 1 Corinthians 5:9.

Pauls explicitly states in his alleged “first” epistle to the Corinthians that he wrote a prior epistle to them. Where is that epistle?

I agree that one cannot tell from Scripture alone that pets live in Heaven, but it seems incongruous to maintain that one must be silent on the matter merely because the Bible is silent on it, when there are other things that Scripture does not tell us, yet we boldly make statements about those things, such as: The Bible is comprised of 66 books, no more and no less, and those books are the exact books found in, say, the typical KJV.

Shouldn’t we be silent on that matter also? The Bible is. And if we maintain silence on the biblical canon, how can we tell anyone about the Bible when we can’t even define which books belong there?

Again, thanks for the article. DJR


Jack Wellman January 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thank you very much for your question and comment. Let me say that we know that there are 66 books in the Bible that have been canonized so we don’t have to be silent on this because we can count them but to state matter of factly that each of our pets will be in heaven is to state something as fact where the Bible never does. This does not mean that they won’t be there, but where the Bible doesn’t say specifically about something then it appears that God doesn’t want us to know or He would have stated so in the Bible. As Deut 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Then you asked ” how can we tell anyone about the Bible when we can’t even define which books belong there?” Don’t you believe that the books in the Bible are true? That they are the Word of God? Can we not trust God to deliver and preserve His Word and that what we can clearly know is enough for us to be saved (i.e. Rom 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31, John 3:16-18, etc.).


Felix February 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

Yes: The Holy Spirits tells me in my heart, that all Animals will be seeing their creator our Almighty Heavenly Father.
Besides, there is enough Biblical evidence. Have fait. Success.
PS: If one starts to think and pray in the fourth dimension, where the Holy Spirit is present with Jesus Christ, then YOU have the power to change the third dimension and its evil doings.


Laura September 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

can you elaborate on this? what is the third and fourth dimension of prayer?


Nikki February 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I enjoyed the article. I’ve been looking for different opinions on this subject since my little Eskie girl is almost 12. She was diagnosed with tracheal collapse and isn’t as active as she once was. I dread the day when she’s no longer with us. I happen to believe she has the breath of God (spirit) but I don’t believe animals have a soul. I don’t know if that means she will or won’t be with me in heaven. If she doesn’t make it, I believe my God can remove my memory of her…otherwise it wouldn’t be heaven, would it?


Jack Wellman February 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I am sorry for your loss Nikki. I believe that heaven will be so overwhelming that even if our pets are there or not, we will never have any sorry, pain, or hurt.


michael March 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

We lost our baby girl of 9 years, Ginger 2, days ago. For me its been devastating. The thought of never seeing here again is like a knife to the heart. My wife, believes that animals just die and are never to be seen again. I can’t wrap my mind around the idea that a loving God would create such a wonderful companion just to erase from creation. I desperately want to find an answer to this.


Jack Wellman March 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Michael. I know this hurts. The Bible is silent but I have a feeling we will know when we get there and that is my plea to be sure if our pets are there, then we need to be sure that we will too so that is the main thrust of this article. I do hope we will see them.


Glenn April 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I am convinced that dogs, and other animals, go to heaven. Not because scriptures tell me this or does not tell me this. Rather, I believe in the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I have asked God numerous times, just to be sure. I believe the Holy Spirit has convicted me to the truth that animals go to heaven. God is the Alpha and the Omega. Animals are God’s creation. Not something that was created from some ooze. Does anyone actually believe that God did not have a hand in the title of “Dog”? Doubting this fact, like evolution, is “thin ice”. To Jesse I say, you will see your puppy in heaven. When the new earth is created, your puppy might actually grow into the wonderful dog you imagined. God understands our humanity. He created it. We are to be good stewards of His creation. So, I believe its a sin to abuse that creation. Killing an animal is not abuse, God invented this as well. I believe that all dogs go to heaven. Yes I do. They teach us about love, about forgiveness and about happiness. Praise God for all He has given us.


Rich April 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Interesting. It appears that scripture is very clear about the birds of the air and the animals that move along the ground being in heaven… but there is no mention of those that live in the water. With the exception of the land animals who returned to the sea (whales, dolphins, etc.) I guess I can see a significant difference in intelligence and personal awareness. I have a lot of cats and horses I am looking forward to seeing again…


Bob Hoy April 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I lost my fury friend this week Monday, and like all of you I miss her terribly! I am praying to find where she goes when her little spirit leaves her body. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt where our bodies go and what condition we will be in. You see on my first tour of duty in Vietnam I died for a short period of time! I was not a Christian young man nor did any of the acts that would get me to heaven! Being a average joe my SPIRiT left my body! I could see, and hear, I don’t ember smelling, nor the senceof heat or cool ! I carried my memory back with me when my spirit returned to my body!
My deep sence of loss makes me wonder where my little dogs spirit has gone! She has only been gone 3 days, so the hole in my heart is still fresh! I will be making changes to my life so my wife and I will be worthy to honor our covenants of eternal marriage with our sons and daughters,should they be worthy to accompany us! In the mean time I will be praying for for answers to my prayers of where has she gone? I have searches our scriptures and nearly nothing has been found!
Good luck to those of you who are seeking to be returned with your furry little friend! Look for the poem The Rainbow Bridge! Very helpfull!


Denise Steinbauer Meyer April 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

My granddaughter just texted me and told me that she just found her second ferret gone. She loves animals and we have talked through this issue of where her pets are at now. From what I have read, God created ALL living things and on each day He said, “It was good”. Then he put man into this perfect creation and told Adam to name all the animals (part of the creation)… skip to the part in God’s Word that says he will make a “new heaven and new earth” for behold the old has passed away. I believe if he noteably said that each part of creation was “good” and He was pleased with all he’d done, then animals would have to be a part of the new heaven and earth.
Now my husband and I talked about why nothing would have been mentioned about out “pets”. While we could be drastically wrong, it doesn’t seem there was anything that talked about “pets” until recent generations. It appears animals were around to help, serve, and feed man. If they had mentioned “pets” those in Old or New testament years (of writing) would have said, “whahhhhhhttt?” We domesticated animals (and have loved each and every one who has graced our family’s homes!!!) and therefore now we wonder about those animals who have become a serious part of our families.
I too, believe that our pets our waiting for us there. I try to encourage my granddaughter of this now and will be once again talking to all the kids next week as we chose to wait to put their VERY VERY ILL dog down this week (now I’m glad we waited). They will be going through 2 losses in a week because now they have to love their Maddie enough to get her out of her aweful pain and misery.
It’s hard to know what to do with broken hearts. I put my Nena down 2 years ago in March and my wonderful Star down the day after Christmas (she made it through that day). I had to give up my rabbit to a great family last Sunday (easter……”Easter Bunny”)because we have become too ill to care for her. Loss is terrible, no matter how it’s painted, but we have a loving God who knows our deepest needs and desires. I can’t ever imagine Him having a plan that would break our hearts when we get to heaven ourselves.
God bless you all.


K Sargent April 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

I hope that all creatures go to heaven, not just “pets.” Many animals don’t have the chance to have a good life or safe, loving home on Earth and I hope that they all are in Heaven.


Jennifer June 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

I have that same hope! I think at the terrible abuse and neglect that goes on here on earth, and pray that all animals get the love they didn’t have on earth. I also pray that I will be reunited with all my pets, that have been a part of me throughout the stages of my life. They will always be in my heart! God knows our desires and our hearts! Amen!!


Christian Burgess May 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

“Ecclesiastes mentions that there is a “spirit” in man but also in animals in (3:19, 21) but this does not necessarily mean that it is an eternal spirit.”

It doesn’t mean that their spirit isn’t eternal either!!!!


Jack Wellman May 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

Amen Christian. Please note that I never said in this article that animals spirits were eternal. Please show me where you saw that I wrote this. The conclusion of this article is that no one knows for sure if pets will go to heaven. Where the Bible is silent, so must I be. I never wrote anywhere in this article that an animal’s spirit is an eternal spirit. Did you read my conclusion sir? Thank you.


Christian Burgess May 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I’m of the belief that all of creation is eternal, It is man that must be saved to enter Gods kingdom, not animals.
I never wrote that you wrote that animal spirits were eternal.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say Sunday is the sabbath for example, yet here we are worshipping on the “Human” created first day of the week, the calendar of old was set to the phases of the moon.
Genesis 1:14, Ezekiel 46:1, Isaiah 66:23, Psalm 104:19
My point is people do not read the Bible, they take what they do and ignore the rest.
One must remember there is a huge difference in living a religious life than a spiritual life, a spiritual life has taught me that all of Yahweh’ creation is sacred and blessed by him, not just one aspect that abuses creation for its own personal gain.
All life is created therefore all life is worthy. Pets, wild animals, ALL creation has a place in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father, Why would a loving God give precedence to a man who kills his creation for fun/ sport?
Dominion means to respect and look after (A Test if you like), NOT exploit it.
Matthew 7:21 has huge connotations regarding even the eternal state of man.
Psalm 84:3 among others states the obvious.


Christian Burgess May 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm

and lets remember, Yahweh never mentions “Pets”, this again is something humans fail to see, we make them pets, all creation was created free, man not God enslaves creation.


gentry May 17, 2014 at 12:29 am

why do you demonize the scriptures? did God not say . . . . . Genesis 1:20-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

your post makes it sound as though we are doing something unbiblical . . .


Christian Burgess May 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Did God not say:

Luke 3:6 – And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Revelation 5:13 – And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!

Romans 8:19-22 – For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Psalm 24:1 – The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.

Why would a loving God deny his creation of their home in heaven when his word clearly states otherwise?

The term “Dominion” (among others) has been twisted by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)

I am worthy! Amen

Christian Burgess May 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

God bless us Jack, Amen :)


gentry May 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

according to the bible . . . . .

Ecclesiastes 12:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.

1 Corinthians 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

animals have a physical body, therefore would they not also have a spiritual body? and would not that spiritual body return to God Who gave it?


Jenny June 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

I believe that everything that is created by God has worth in His eyes. He doesn’t discard things like we humans do. I believe that all creation will return to God simply because he created it.


Martin June 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

Can anyone explain why many Christians believe they are going to live in Heaven when scripture clearly speaks of the Kingdom of God on a new Earth?


Jack Wellman June 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Thank you sir and no, I cannot explain why because in reality, heaven comes down in a way but it is the New Jerusalem so we don’t go “up” to heaven but being absent from the body we will be present with the Lord. Here is an article about where heaven really is at: and which shows we don’t go up but God comes down to us and that is what the Bible teaches. Thank you Martin for your comment. There is a log of misunderstanding and I agree, you are right, the Kingdom of God does come down to heaven.


gentry June 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

yes . . . but it is still going to be heaven . . .


Nigel July 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Just lost my 3 month old dog named snow yesterday, it really broke my heart. I’m just hoping that we can all be reunited with our pets in heaven. Thanks to this thread, feeling alot better now. Imagine being in heaven with all your love ones and all your pets, that would be really fun. You can play and play and play all you want, without worrying about losing them again.


Nigel July 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Just lost my 3 month old dog named snow yesterday, it really broke my heart. I’m just hoping that we can all be reunited with our pets in heaven. Thanks to this thread, feeling alot better now. Imagine being in heaven with all your love ones and all your pets, that would be really fun. You can play and play and play all you want, without worrying about losing them again.


Katie July 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

My babygirl was 1 year old on May 1st 2013 and passed away July 4th of 2014. She was hit by a car while I was going to celebrate. Which I feel awful about. But I’ve been grieving ever since. And talking to god. Asking him to keep her safe and give her plenty of toys. I’m 16 years old. And I certainly believe that she has already passed through the golden gates and is running around free with my passed loved ones. God loves every single creature on this earth. Even the ones that don’t believe. And the devil worshipers. He loves all. So it puts me at great ease since I DO believe she’s with Jesus. And she’s very happy. :)


Mary Judge July 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

First, I enjoyed your article and liked that you backed up every point with scripture. Second, I know that our dog, Oliver, was a gift from God to my husband and me. We came across him at a time when getting a dog wasn’t even on our minds. He has been such a blessing in so many ways and we have learned so much about ourselves. We oft times call him our furry angel.


Jack Wellman July 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Mary. We are pet lovers here in our home and there is just something very, very special about pets. Those who believe in evolution rob God of glory by His lovingly and sovereignly placing these precious ones into our homes and into our hearts forever.


tracey August 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

when young i went to sunday school,was christened confirmed@married in the same church,have always believed in god,tho for years i strayed.several years ago,for reasons i understand i committed terrible crimes,i believe that god sent me that way,i was desperate&pleaded from the very bottom of my heart for help. within days i was arrested&the most amazing beautiful thing happened,i was pulled away from a black hole&have never strayed from god since.god rescued me.there are things i desparately need answers to,the cruelty to animals is driving me to despair,i do not doubt god but i cant get my head round to understand why the cruelty is so bad.we are all entitled to our own opinions,the bible is not excluded from that,so i am quite entitled to believe that i believe animals are not meant to be slaughtered as they are. animals have equal rights,and those who kill them are committing the worst of sins.if god forgives them of their crime,where does that leave the poor victims who have suffered horrific deaths?i don,t think they would be thankful for the terrible endings of their innocent lives then the culprits forgiven for what they have done.please please help me understand


Jack Wellman August 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Thank you Tracey. This is a fallen world and sin prevails but we must leave vengeance to God (Rom 12:19) for He will have justice for all the things done is this life for everyone of us, you and me too, will have to stand and give an account for what we have done while in the body (Matt 12:36; Matt 25:14-30; Rom 14:10-12). Remember Job lost everything….family, home, food, wealth, crops, livestock and he was innocent. Then, there was Jesus who suffered and died and hung on the cross for 6 hours yet He was without sin and completely innocent. Do you not trust God’s judgment? Those who are cruel to animals will be judged, you must trust God to make all things right. Judgment will come swift and hard someday (Rev 20:11-15; Dan 12:1-3) so trust Him. Unless you have repented and placed your trust in Christ, you too will suffer eternal separation from God and I pray you have been born again (John 3:3).


Sarah Dixon August 31, 2014 at 1:11 am

Our 10&1/2 year old chocolate lab died on Sunday Ag.24,2014. she died at home, playing ball which was her favorite thing to do. She started to twitch her nose and walk in circles and went to my husband, who is her best friend and Never left her side for a moment. Me, me daughter and son all laid hands on her and told her how much we love her. My heart is shattered. I adored her.. as did my husband, she was his best friend. I NEED to know I will see her again…I can’t imagine never rubbing her ears again and her love… Some one PLEASE tell me we will see her again… I am 45 and she is the very first dog I ever had the pleasure of loving…


Jeanne September 11, 2014 at 2:52 am

I would like to culminate all of this by suggesting that the best thing you can do for your beloved pets that have passed, is to grieve them and miss them, but then go out and RESCUE another, for their sake! We cannot control, nor are we supposed to know what really happens in the heavenly realms. God has a perfect plan, and we must trust that! Meanwhile, we are supposed to get to work down here on earth and DO what is pleasing to the Lord.

We know that God is good and is pleased with All of his creation. We also know that He reveals how we are supposed to care for his animal creation throughout the Bible (ex: Prvbs 12:10 “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel”). There are many other passages if you dig deep enough. But that is not my focus today.

My focus is to beg that we do a better job of caring for all of God’s creatures while alive here on earth, and particularly our companion animals.

We must stop turning a blind eye to Puppy Mills which are rampant in this country, especially in the Bible belt and Amish country. Puppy mills are disgustingly inhumane and cruel. Mama and papa dogs are kept in small cages for years and bred over and over until they are no longer useful. Then they are thrown away. Most never see the light of day or feel grass on their feet. Many chew their teeth down to nothing because they have chewed on the bars of their cages, from years of complete frustration and isolation. There are a few angelic organizations that actually take in the throw aways and try to rehabilitate them (ex: National Mill Dog rescue), but until we stop buying puppies from pet stores, etc, these wicked breeders will continue to produce them! The almighty dollar is powerful!

The same goes with the back yard and even reputable breeders. They may not be cruel (or as cruel), but every year millions (I mean millions!) of healthy companion animals are euthanized in this country, for no reason other than overcrowding. That is a travesty! And death is not the sad part. The sad part is that most of these animals have not known the safety and love of family while alive, and some may have never experienced an ounce of human kindness. Rather than dwelling on the death of our 10 year old beloved cat with health issues, I propose we focus our efforts on getting homes for the unlucky homeless animals that are still alive, but aren’t loved by anyone.

It may mean we have to give up that perfect, pure bred puppy that we want for a trophy on our front lawn. But perhaps God doesn’t want us to have that trophy. The Bible esteems humility over and over again. Think of who got to witness Jesus’s birth. It was the lowly shepherds and farm animals. And think of how Jesus chose to ride gloriously into Jerusalum (on a lowly donkey, not a regal stallion). There are so many more biblical examples like these. Also, perhaps God would prefer we don’t have the perfect puppy, because he wants to challenge and test us for perseverance, not give us the easy way out. Consider an older dog, and don’t be afraid of their death. We can only influence their life.

Lastly, we must stop turning a blind eye to Factory farming. I am by no means suggesting that we stop eating meat. But we can stop buying meat and dairy that is raised in a cruel and inhumane environment. They can be a bit extreme, but Mercy for Animals has done some undercover reporting which would shock even the most callous of meat eaters. The perk too, is that humanely raised meat is better for us, perhaps the natural way that God intended for us to eat it.

Overall, I believe God would be pleased if we humans broadened our earthly focus and started considering the welfare of all of the innocent animals, instead of just our own pets. God loves all of his creation, not just the ones that love us! Animals are the innocent victims of human sin. We need to protect them better from cruelty and neglect.


Crystal Jackson August 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

That was beautifully written. If I knew you, I think we would be best friends. I always tell people even if you don’t care about the animals suffering (I do immensely), you should care about your health. Factory farmed animals so sick with diseases, tumors, sores oozing with pus, to sick to stand, shot up with antibiotics and growth hormones are often dragged to slaughter. The inhumane treatment of these animals is disgusting. You want to know why so many people are sick today, in many cases you just need to look at what they eat. We actually live in a society today that does not require the eating of meat to be healthy. I am not arguing whether God gave us animals to eat, I’m just saying that the healthiest people in the world (look for the Blue Zones) generally eat little or no meat. In these zones, I believe there are only six, many of the people live to be over 100 and not a sickly 100+, but a very vibrant and healthy 100+. I don’t think God would condone humans impregnating female cows over, and over, and over again for milk humans don’t need, each time ripping the boy calfs away from their mothers to live in veal crates for the duration of their short lives. In these crates they cannot move around, or stand, and they are denied nutrition to keep them anemic so that the veal steaks will be pale and tender. I am sure that is really good for humans. Search for the story of the mother cow crying day and night after being rescued by the Gentle Barn from a factory farm. When the rescuers realized she had a calf recently, as she was dripping with milk, they went back to try to find the baby. As miracle would have it the veal truck he was on had broken down and the rescuers were able to somehow get the baby (not sure if they paid for him). When the rescuers pulled up with the baby where his mother was, and before he got out of the truck, his mother started to cry relentlessly for her baby. The baby was so weak from being denied any humanity. He fell several times on his way to his mother. The reunion was heartwarming. Tell me these animals don’t feel and love, just as humans do. Even animals used for food deserve to be treated humanely. They deserve to live out there short lives grazing in open spaces, to be free to interact, to feel the sun and the wind. If we are going to eat meat I believe it is our responsibility to know where it comes from and how it is raised. I doubt you will print this, since I know most humans feel it is okay to treat animals any way they see fit. Suffering is unimportant and people like me are bleeding heart liberals. I believe that all life has value, not just the human-kind, and yes I am a Christian.


Jack Wellman August 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

Thank you my sister in Christ. You are so right about the abuse of animals on our planet for our own greed. I sense you have a heart for these precious creatures that God created and you live up to this Bible verse “A righteous man (and woman) regards the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” (Prov 12:10) and so may God richly bless you for that.


BUNNY November 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm



Katrina March 3, 2015 at 12:06 am

I pray God blesses you and eases your pain.
I read this tonight. For anyone who is interested:


Jeanne September 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

One more thing on this anniversary of 9/11. Mohammad hated dogs and basically had them eradicated in his towns. I personally believe God has equipped doGs with an ability to sense evil! That is why he hated them! But that is why the muslims consider “dogs unclean”, not worthy of any inclusion, and only worthy of mistreatment – go figure!


Jack Wellman September 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

Jeannie…please don’t worry about the previous comment. It was deleted which was anti-American where it was said that American’s murdered ” tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi’s’ which is completely false. I apologize for this comment so how got approved but there is room for such negative and false accusations here on this website from Mr. Burgess.


DJ October 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I highly needed to hear all of your stories. I lost my little Daisy Mae (westie) about a month ago. I cry everyday. She was a very sick puppy. She lived to be 2 yrs. She was born with pain and live a painful life. She did not know what pain free was. The vet and I kept her comfortable as possible . She loved Christmas. All the presents under the tree was her’s. We had to keep a fence around the tree so she wouldn’t tear the wrap and she would help me rewrap the gifts again. We did a lot of silly things together. She played so hard,but took long naps to make up for it. Giving her medications everyday was so tough. She was very playful, but the suffering for her tiny body was too much. She leaves behind a sister who is misses her just has much as I do. To all, there are many verses in the bible about animals. e.g. Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 explains that animals do have spirits. Animals do have souls as well. Luke 12:6, Gen 1:30, Isahiah 11:6-9 etc…..Why would God put something so compassionate on earth ( not to have a soul?) of course they of a soul. God is Good! He knows what we need even before we need it. I don’t understand why Daisy Mae was born like she was. But I would not have traded her for anything. She was the most LOVING, Brilliant, compassionate, as sick as she was she gave me unconditional love-EVERYDAY of her sick life. She even taught me many things. Now Do You think God wouldn’t want us (their care taker) to be with them again. Of course He would. They will be well, vigor, and remember you in a instant. Pets, are not delayed nor judged, they go directly to their creator, God. Bless all of your hearts. You all have a great reunion to look forward to. First your Father than family and pets. God is LOVE> DJ


Martin November 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

W Jesus as your hat a beautiful thought………to think I can again be reunited
with my wonderful, loyal,and loving friend “JACK” of 14 years with Jesus in Heaven.
Friends! If you loved your pet as much as I did my dog and as much as they loved you, how sad would it be if they were there in Heaven waiting for us to reunite with them again BUT our names were not in the “book of life” Easy fix folks read the Bible and accept JESUS as your personal Lord and savior.
Blessings to all.


Martin November 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

APOLOGY……..My typing went haywire!
My post should have started with: “What a beautiful thought”
but sure you would have worked it out.


Buck November 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

OF COURSE All things that come from GOD in creation have an eternal Spirit ! Out of a perfect GOD cannot come anything that dies in the spirit ! Choose where you will spend eternity Heaven or HEll and for our Animals I think the majority of them stand a better chance at Heaven that The Human Man as ‘ Wicked and deceitfully wicked is the heart of man above all things ‘


Jack Wellman November 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Amen Buck….well said my friend. So very true.


Buck November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Thank you Brother.


Stephanie November 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I have just lost my irreplaceable Pug of ten and a half years this week. My sweet Lily showed me a love that cannot be rivaled by any other pet I have ever had. Of course as a true believer in Jesus our savior, my thoughts have turned to wether or not I will see her in heaven. I have found a passage in Revelations that has helped to comfort me. Revelations chapter 5:verses 13
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying

“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!

This verse says to me that even our precious pets can worship our Savior. If this the case will God not save them?


Maria December 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

If I loved my dog with such passion and depth that nearly two years after her passing, I still ache for her and yearn for her, would a God that loves me beyond all comprehension and all understanding withhold her from me? In HEAVEN of all places? Why would He do that, knowing that it would wound me terribly? Aren’t all of our tears supposed to be wiped away in Heaven? Her absence is the source of my misery and my tears. Maggie, I will always, always love you.


andrew December 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hello Jack Wellman
I do like this site very much. It has helped me a lot since the passing of my Dog Frankie. I don’t know if this question has been said to you or not.I hope you willnot find it offensive, here goes. Can you give me your responce on Mediums. I for one would like to believe in them as they bring good news to people who have lost someone( I for one) and also that many times bring forward their past pets who are with family. That alone tells me that our pets go where we go. Pastor Wellman, I would value your responce very much.

Thank you andrew


Jack Wellman December 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hello Andrew and thank you sir for your comment and question. Please let me say that the use of mediums can be very dangerous because God calls this sin and it opens up the drak powers of Satan and his demons. The Bible strongly condemns spiritism, mediums, the occult, and psychics (Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10-13). Horoscopes, tarot cards, astrology, fortune tellers, palm readings, and séances fall into this category as well. These practices are based on the concept that there are gods, spirits, or deceased loved ones that can give advice and guidance. These “gods” or “spirits” are demons (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The Bible gives us no reason to believe that deceased loved ones can contact us. If they were believers, they are in heaven enjoying the most wonderful place imaginable in fellowship with a loving God. If they were not believers, they are in hell, suffering the un-ending torment for rejecting God’s love and rebelling against Him. This is evil in God’s eyes…so pets or relatives or friends who have died should not ever be tried to contact. Read the article below on more about this at:

So, if our loved ones cannot contact us, how do mediums, spiritists, and psychics get such accurate information? There have been many exposures of psychics as frauds. It has been proven that psychics can gain immense amounts of information on someone through ordinary means. Sometimes by just using a telephone number through caller ID and an internet search, a psychic can get names, addresses, dates of birth, dates of marriage, family members, etc. However, it is undeniable that psychics sometimes know things that should be impossible for them to know. Where do they get this information? The answer is from Satan and his demons. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Acts 16:16-18 describes a fortune teller who was able to predict the future until the apostle Paul rebuked a demon out of her.

Satan pretends to be kind and helpful. He tries to appear as something good. Satan and his demons will give a psychic information about a person in order to get that person hooked into spiritism, something that God forbids. It appears innocent at first, but soon people can find themselves addicted to psychics and unwittingly allow Satan to control and destroy their lives. Peter proclaimed, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). In some cases, the psychics themselves are deceived, not knowing the true source of the information they receive. Whatever the case and wherever the source of the information, nothing connected to spiritism, witchcraft, or astrology is a godly means of discovering information. How does God want us to discern His will for our life? God’s plan is simple, yet powerful and effective: study the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and pray for wisdom (James 1:5).

Let me warn you to stay away from such mediums…they are of the occult, satanistic and God will not leave unpunished those who do such things. Sorry this comes across strong but this is very, very serious sin in God’s eyes.


Steve B December 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Clearly from all the comments you had to this topic it is a subject that touches many. We suffered the loss of a dear pet of our own this week and as a Christian was seeking some biblical comfort when I came across this page. I found your article and your responses to comments, accurate, balanced and sensitive. Thanks


Jack Wellman December 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Thank you sir for your kind words. I am so sorry for your loss.


B February 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I guess a more specific question is, will our specific pets that have died be in Heaven (or the New Earth)? It’s clear that there will be animals in Heaven or on the New Earth, but will those animals be ones that are alive on Earth when Christ establishes his kingdom?

Will the same animals who pass away here have part in the afterlife? Will I see my dog again, not another dog, but MY dog. I do not believe that Christians go to Heaven immediately when they die, I believe that will happen on The Great Day of the Lord. But I could be wrong. And I feel it may be the same for our pets, but I could be wrong about that too. If I am wrong and Christians and pets are immediately in the presence of God, then does my dog miss me? Is he sad? Is he being taken care of? Is he scared?
I really hope that the same dogs that pass away here will meet us again in the after life. If that is happens, I will have a reunion with so many dogs that I’ll need a large hotel to house them all! Let’s hope that happens!

RIP Sergeant 02/05/2015 – The happiest and most loving Rottweiler I have ever known. Please don’t be sad or lonely! I LOVE YOU BUDDY!


PattyG February 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Hi Pastor Jack,
It’s Patty of K Town.
372 Comments ≪ Really good responses, Yes I read every single one of them!
I think the posters on your article really nailed it. There were tons of Scriptures there that the contributors used proved to me with their preponderance (in my humble opinion) there is good Biblical basis to believe animals will be with us in Heaven or on the New Earth. Wherever that dimension is as God wills. Now that I am fuzzy about not ever gone to Heaven and there aren’t as many verses about it just exactly Heaven is. Somewhere we can’t see but those in Heaven can see us.
And as to animals thinking… If anyone doubts will observe their faces through their eyes. They can problem solve. Neyll, our Scotty now in Heaven, really could size up a new situation and come up with a solution. We miss her. Definitely the brains of the operation. Mr. Moose is cute but dumb as a box of rocks. Audrey’s Bonnie could think too. Neyll and Bonnie’s personalities and demeanors much the same. So sweet. Audrey will be aching a very long time.
>>> I have to agree with Stephanie on this one:
~ Revelations chapter 5: verse 13
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying,
“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever! ~
This verse says to me that even our precious pets [for that matter other animals] can worship our Savior. If this the case will God not save them?
>> I agree Stephanie! Sounds like a good Scripture we can hang onto to me along with all the others folks here have cited. They do build a good case in my humble opinion. The cross references confirming in many ways.
>> I came here tonight to read my favorite theologian
≫ Our friend Audrey just lost her Scottie today, Bonnie of 14 years. We are seeking to comfort her in her deepest grief.
>> You know me pretty well. This is the God’s truth I do not say this mildly…
>> Read:
>> A note about the watch.
>> My husband’s watch was a self winder. After working all week he put it on the top of his dresser. Generally it kept good time until the next Monday. Myrtle grew worse and early Sunday morning it was time to ease her on home. Joe put his head on Myrtle’s head and said goodbye. Before the shot her labored breathing stopped and she felt her daddy. The shot and then the slowing of breath.
>> When we returned home, His watch had stopped prematurely and displayed the exact time Myrtle passed.
>> My husband a few weeks later was able to compose her eulogy and post it. Until he did this he wept without consoling.
>> I hope this page gives everyone comfort. << *inactive
≫ I hasten to say I will not alter the text in the least. We are forbidden to do so. ≪
Scripture ≪Revelation 5:13 ESV≫
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"
Cross References
Ps. 145:21 ; 150:6
21 My mouth will speak1 in praise of the LORD. Let every creature2 praise his holy name3 for ever and ever.
6 Let 1everything that has breath praise the LORD! 2Praise the LORD!
and on the earth;
John Gill Exposition
Revelation 5:13
And every creature which is in heaven
Animate or inanimate, angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, sun, moon, and stars, and the fowls of the air:
men and beasts, and every creeping thing, mountains, hills, fruitful trees, and all cedars: and under the earth: in the bowels of it, metals, minerals, and everything of that kind:
and such as are in the sea;
that sail in ships upon the mighty waters, and fishes great and small that are therein:
and all that are in them;
in heaven, earth, and sea:
heard I saying, blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever;
all creatures in their way praise God, and are subservient to the glory and interest of Christ, and are the occasion of glorifying of both; and even the enemies of Christ, wicked men and devils, will be obliged to own Christ to be Lord, to the glory of God the Father, as well as angels and saints; and the same glory and honour which are given to the one are ascribed to the other, which shows the proper deity of Christ, and his equality with the Father. The Syriac version reads, "and I heard him who sitteth upon the throne, saying, to the Lamb be given blessing and honour" with which compare ( John 5:22 John 5:23 ) .
† Trust in the Lord


Jack Wellman February 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I wish I knew for sure whether our beloved pets will be there Patty but I just can’t say. I don’t see anything that prohibits it because as you know, animals will be part of the new heavens and the new earth and non-pet animals will be interacting with humans like the boy and the lamb and the lion. That would be awesome.


PattyG February 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Hey Pastor Jack :)
Thank you so much for approving my post, my dear friend.
My friend Audrey will be blessed.
She sobs.
This very afternoon she said see you later to her Lass, Bonnie.
Scotties are very special doggies.
It is said they are closest to humans with emotions.
Also said I can personally testify to having had 2 adults and 7 wild pups… they do run the house.
The best “job” I ever had was being a doggy granny. :)
Audrey has one of our pups, Colin now 10 yrs. old. His daddy Mr. Moose is 12. A long life for a Scottie.
Little sweet Bonnie was 14.
A testimony to a life well cared for and loved. Scotties usually die by age 8 because of inbreeding by show people.
And yes, Scotties can be very stubborn.
But so very lovable!
I can say with a great deal of confidence wherever Jesus, Y’shua, is animals are there too either in Heaven now or on the New Earth to come.
We know there are horses in Heaven.
I look so forward with hope and joy to see the Alpha and Omega and the Great Cloud of Witnesses the Saints.
We will learn his new name as he arrives on horseback in victory with a shout to join the remnant of His saints.
All will be made new!
All knees will bow.
Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Great and Mighty, I AM THAT I AM.


PattyG February 24, 2015 at 6:39 am

Until then they will give Audrey much comfort.
God, the Creator blesses us with these marvelously made creatures of love.
Thank you Lord for the time we had here on earth together.
We surely will see all of our departed some wonderful shining day in glory.
John 17 (ESV) with Cross References
The High Priestly Prayer
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, 1he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, 2the hour has come; 3glorify your Son that the Son may 4glorify you,
• 1179 17:1 – ch. 11:41
• 1180 17:1 – [ ch. 7:30 ]; See ch. 12:23
• 1181 17:1 – See ch. 7:39
• 1182 17:1 – ver. 4
2 since 5you have given him authority over all flesh, 6to give eternal life to all 7whom you have given him.
• 1183 17:2 – See Matt. 28:18 ; Rev. 2:26, 27
• 1184 17:2 – ch. 10:28 ; 1 John 2:25
• 1185 17:2 – ver. 6, 9, 24; ch. 6:37, 39 ; 10:29 ; 18:9 ; Heb. 2:13
3 8And this is eternal life, 9that they know you 10the only 11true God, and 12Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
• 1186 17:3 – [ 1 John 5:20 ]
• 1187 17:3 – Hos. 2:20 ; 6:3 ; 2 Pet. 1:2, 3
• 1188 17:3 – ch. 5:44
• 1189 17:3 – 1 Thess. 1:9 ; 1 John 5:20 ; [ Jer. 10:10 ]
• 1190 17:3 – See ch. 3:17
4 I 13glorified you on earth, 14having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
• 1191 17:4 – ver. 1; See ch. 13:31
• 1192 17:4 – [ ch. 19:30 ; Luke 22:37 ]
5 And now, Father, 15glorify me in your own presence with the glory 16that I had with you 17before the world existed.
• 1193 17:5 – ch. 13:32
• 1194 17:5 – ch. 1:1, 2 ; [ Rev. 3:21 ]
• 1195 17:5 – ver. 24; Prov. 8:23 ; See ch. 8:58
6 18″I have manifested your name to the people 19whom you gave me out of the world. 20Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
• 1196 17:6 – ver. 26; Ps. 22:22
• 1197 17:6 – See ver. 2
• 1198 17:6 – ver. 9
7 Now they know that everything 21that you have given me is from you.
• 1199 17:7 – [See ver. 6 above]
8 For I have given them 22the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that 23I came from you; and 24they have believed that you sent me.
• 1200 17:8 – ver. 14; ch. 15:15 ; [ ch. 8:26 ; 12:49 ]
• 1201 17:8 – ch. 8:42 ; 16:27
• 1202 17:8 – ver. 21, 25; ch. 11:42 ; 16:30
9 I am praying for them. 25I am not praying for the world but for those 26whom you have given me, for 27they are yours.
• 1203 17:9 – [ver. 20, 21]
• 1204 17:9 – See ver. 2
• 1205 17:9 – ver. 6
10 28All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and 29I am glorified in them.
• 1206 17:10 – ch. 16:15
• 1207 17:10 – 2 Thess. 1:10
11 And I am no longer in the world, but 30they are in the world, and 31I am coming to you. 32Holy Father, 33keep them in your name, 34which you have given me, 35that they may be one, 36even as we are one.
• 1208 17:11 – ch. 13:1
• 1209 17:11 – See ch. 14:12
• 1210 17:11 – [ver. 25]
• 1211 17:11 – ver. 12, 15; Jude 1
• 1212 17:11 – [ Ex. 23:21 ; Phil. 2:9 ; Rev. 19:12 ]
• 1213 17:11 – ver. 21, 22; [ ch. 10:16 ; Rom. 12:5 ; Gal. 3:28 ; Eph. 1:10 ; 4:4 ]
• 1214 17:11 – ch. 10:30
12 37While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have 38guarded them, and 39not one of them has been lost except 40the son of destruction, 41that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
• 1215 17:12 – See ch. 14:25
• 1216 17:12 – 2 Thess. 3:3 ; Jude 24
• 1217 17:12 – ch. 18:9 ; [ ch. 6:39 ; 10:28 ]
• 1218 17:12 – 2 Thess. 2:3
• 1219 17:12 – Ps. 109:8 ; Acts 1:16-20 ; [ ch. 13:18 ]
13 But now 42I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have 43my joy fulfilled in themselves.
• 1220 17:13 – See ch. 14:12
• 1221 17:13 – See ch. 15:11
14 44I have given them your word, and 45the world has hated them 46because they are not of the world, 47just as I am not of the world.
• 1222 17:14 – ver. 3
• 1223 17:14 – See ch. 15:19
• 1224 17:14 – ver. 16
• 1225 17:14 – ch. 8:23
15 I 48do not ask that you 49take them out of the world, but that you 50keep them from 51the evil one.a
• 1226 17:15 – ver. 9
• 1227 17:15 – [ 1 Cor. 5:10 ]
• 1228 17:15 – ver. 11
• 1229 17:15 – See Matt. 13:19
• ª 17:15 – Or from evil
16 52They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
• 1230 17:16 – ver. 14
17 53Sanctify themb in the truth; 54your word is truth.
• 1231 17:17 – [ 1 Thess. 5:23 ; 2 Thess. 2:13 ; 1 Pet. 1:22 ]; See ch. 15:3
• 1232 17:17 – 2 Sam. 7:28 ; Ps. 119:160
• « 17:17 – Greek Set them apart (for holy service to God)
18 55As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
• 1233 17:18 – ch. 20:21 ; [ ch. 4:38 ; Matt. 10:5 ]
19 And 56for their sake 57I consecrate myself,c that they also 58may be sanctifiedd in truth.
• 1234 17:19 – [ Titus 2:14 ]
• 1235 17:19 – ch. 10:36
• 1236 17:19 – [ 1 Cor. 1:2, 30 ; 6:11 ; Heb. 2:11 ; 10:10 ]
• ¬ 17:19 – Or I sanctify myself; or I set myself apart (for holy service to God)
• ¬ 17:19 – Greek may be set apart (for holy service to God)
20 “I do not 59ask for these only, but also for those 60who will believe in me through their word,
• 1237 17:20 – ver. 9
• 1238 17:20 – [ ch. 4:39 ; Rom. 10:14 ; 1 Cor. 3:5 ]
21 61that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that 62they also may be in 63us, so that the world 64may believe that you have sent me.
• 1239 17:21 – See ver. 11; [ 1 Cor. 6:17 ]
• 1240 17:21 – 1 John 1:3 ; 3:24 ; 5:20
• 1241 17:21 – ch. 14:23
• 1242 17:21 – See ver. 8
22 65The glory that you have given me 66I have given to them, 67that they may be one even as we are one,
• 1243 17:22 – ver. 24; [ ch. 1:14 ; Luke 9:26 ]
• 1244 17:22 – Rom. 8:30
• 1245 17:22 – [See ver. 21 above]
23 68I in them and you in me, 69that they may become perfectly one, 70so that the world may know that you sent me and 71loved them even as 72you loved me.
• 1246 17:23 – ver. 26; ch. 14:20 ; Rom. 8:10 ; 2 Cor. 13:5
• 1247 17:23 – 1 John 2:5 ; [ Col. 3:14 ; 1 John 4:12, 17 ]
• 1248 17:23 – ver. 21; ch. 14:31
• 1249 17:23 – ch. 16:27
• 1250 17:23 – ver. 24, 26; See ch. 5:20
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be 73with me 74where I am, 75to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me 76before the foundation of the world.
• 1251 17:24 – 2 Tim. 2:11, 12
• 1252 17:24 – See ch. 12:26
• 1253 17:24 – ch. 1:14 ; 2 Cor. 3:18 ; [ 1 John 3:2 ]
• 1254 17:24 – Eph. 1:4 ; 1 Pet. 1:20 ; See ver. 5
25 77O righteous Father, even though 78the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
• 1255 17:25 – Jer. 12:1 ; [ver. 11; Rev. 16:5 ]; See 1 John 1:9
• 1256 17:25 – See ch. 8:55 ; 10:15
26 79I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love 80with which you have loved me may be in them, and 81I in them.”
Amen and Amen!
† Trust in the Lord


Barbara March 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

I had a dream that my dog almost got to heaven but she got stuck. In my dream, me and another lady from centuries ago helped her cross over a little bitty wooden bridge. When she went across it, she was gone. My dog was a Toy Poodle, what makes me believe this dream was real is she had a tail when she crossed the bridge. Poodles have their tails cut off when they are little, I kept wondering why it focused in so much about her having a tail, and I finally figured it out!


PattyG March 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Neat story Barbara! Full Tail back on a Poodle :)
I wonder if my male and female dogs who were spay and neutered have those parts restored :)
Maybe my two Tennessee Walkers are stallions now and not geldings. Who knows they may come back in the Heaven Army of the Great Cloud of Witnesses with Saints astride on the steeds.
One can imagine and dream.
I am absolutely certain there are pets and animals in Heaven.
The Bible
“A righteous man [or woman] cares for the needs of his [her] animal.
GENESIS 2: 20-25
GENESIS 9: 14-17
ISAIAH 11:6-9
JOB 12:7-10
PSALM 50:9-11
PSALMS 50:10-11
PSALM 136:25
LUKE 12:6
PSALMS 121:1-8


Lyl Cavanaugh March 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Animals don’t have evil spirits and can’t get them so they obviously do not go to hell. But they cannot be saved either because they can’t know Christ so I doubt they go to heaven. On the other hand, they may not be prevented from heaven either. Animls aren’t aware of having a death sentence over them like man. Man must live in fear of death every day of his life. Animals don’t know they are going to die or be eaten so they don’t suffer that. For man it is given once to die and then the judgment. Maybe God only gives us these animals while we are here so we better appreciate and enjoy them while we can.


PattyG March 2, 2015 at 10:20 am

*** God gave us animals to learn agape love. ***
The animals were created first and they were good!
Humans fell in the garden because of not listening to God.
*** God tells us animals listen to Him and testify to His glory. ***
Animals teach us to live the life God has given them to the fullest in joy until He calls them home.
May we all humans be what God created us to be. To live in love. May we learn from the animals how to reflect God’s love to other humans. We live as we were intended in the glorious creation to praise God.
God gives and He takes away. But still you will hear me say, “Blessed be thy glorious name!”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, and 1a time for every matter under heaven:
Cross Reference
• 70 3:1 – ver. 17; ch. 8:6

Genesis 2:20 ESV
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds g fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds–livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.
25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. *** And God saw that it was good. ***
26 Then God said, 15 “Let us make man h in our image, 16 after our likeness. And 17 let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
[Dominion here means care-taker]
[God surely had a plan making animals first,]
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; 18 male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, 19 “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. 20 You shall have them for food.
30 And 21 to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 22 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Footnotes and Cross References
• 1:20 – Or flying things; see Leviticus 11:19-20
• 13 1:21 – Ps. 104:25, 26
• 14 1:22 – ch. 8:17 ; 9:1
• 15 1:26 – ch. 3:22 ; 11:7 ; Isa. 6:8
• 16 1:26 – ch. 5:1 ; 9:6 ; 1 Cor. 11:7 ; Eph. 4:24 ; Col. 3:10 ; James 3:9
• 17 1:26 – ch. 9:2 ; Ps. 8:6-8 ; James 3:7
• h 1:26 – The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and *becomes* the proper name Adam
• 18 1:27 – ch. 2:18, 21-23 ; 5:2 ; Mal. 2:15 ; Matt. 19:4 ; Mark 10:6
• 19 1:28 – ch. 9:1, 7
• 20 1:29 – ch. 9:3 ; Ps. 104:14, 15 ; 145:15, 16
• 21 1:30 – Ps. 147:9
• 22 1:31 – Eccles. 7:29 ; 1 Tim. 4:4


PattyG March 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

The Bible KJV

GENESIS 2: 20-25
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

GENESIS 9: 14-17
When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things. `That’ God told Noah, `is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.’

ISAIAH 11:6-9
And the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed, their young ones shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

*** JOB 12:7-10
You have only to ask the cattle, for them to instruct you, and the birds of the sky, for them to inform you. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, and the fish of the sea provide you an explanation: there is not one such creature but will know that the hand of God has arranged things like this! In his hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of every human being! ***

PSALM 50:9-11
I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.

*** PSALMS 50:10-11
For all forest creatures are mine already, the animals on the mountains in their thousands. I know every bird in the air, whatever moves in the fields is mine. ***

PSALM 136:25
…And who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.

*** ECCLESIASTES 3:19-21
Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath, man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust and to dust all return.
*** Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth? ***
*** Jesus knows. ***

LUKE 12:6
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten * before God. *

PSALMS 121:1-8
Shall I look to the mountains gods for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too! He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil, and preserves your life. He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go, and always guards you.


PattyG March 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Pastor Jack, Have I convinced you yet? 😀


Our Myrtle, the Cairn Terrier could listen to God.
Our little Neyll when she came home as our pup Myrtle found us scampered up the woodpile to listen.
Animals watch and listen. They can see the unseen.

The Scotty Appeal – 2 Inspiration


Pet Loss Grief Support, Rainbow Bridge & Candle Ceremony

GENESIS 9: 14-17
When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow [rainbow] appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow [rainbow] is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the *** eternal *** covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things. *** `That’ God told Noah, `is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.’


marlene April 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

May God Bless us all!


Daphne Riggs June 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I feel like this covers it… what else could he mean by every creature in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and on the sea, etc etc… Rev. 5:13-14 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


Daphne Riggs June 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

More information on the end times and the resurrection of all life. Everything that God created praises and recognizes God. Rev. 5:11 – 14 “In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the ANIMALS and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands, shouting, `The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing’. Then I heard all the living things in creation—everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea, crying, `To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honor, glory and power, for ever and ever’. And the four ANIMALS said `Amen'; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.” (The Jerusalem Bible [Catholic translation]).


Sandy July 31, 2015 at 12:38 am

I have lost beloved pets before and am an animal rescuer, but there is no scripture stating animals have souls. They cannot accept Jesus as a personal savior. Jesus died on the cross because He had to sacrifice His blood for mankind. He never mentions pets. If that was the case many pets would be in heaven alone without the owner who did not commit. Scripture also points out that when the new heaven and earth is created we will not be married. So that means I will not know my husband the same way I do now. If scripture says this then why would you believe you will remember your pet. Humans need to stop thinking they THINK like God…who are you to judge God by saying He isn’t loving if you don’t get your pet in heaven? God did not make you to tell Him what He should and shouldn’t do. He is not in your “box” of beliefs. He made you for Him alone and your purpose in Heaven if your eternally saved is to Worship HIM not worry about “Sam” your cat. Trust me I love my animals to pieces but it is a joy here on earth and a memory until death.


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