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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rebecca October 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Hi! I would like to comment. Do you change from spiritual body to physical body in heaven? Then change back from physical to spiritual? Are our physical bodies different in heaven than on earth? Will there be eating in heaven?

I wonder.

Rebecca

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Marianne December 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I’ve often wondered the same,and more!
I guess the only way to know for sure,is to GO there!

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Celita Louback Welsch October 9, 2015 at 10:32 am

Excellent article and excellent conclusion.

Let’s think: God created the universe and animals but Jesus didn’t die for the soul of animals because they don’t have soul, but “spirit=life”.
8And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
9No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
The heaven is for the saints, those that Jesus justified by his precious blood.
God created us his image. We have spirit and soul. The redeemers , the church of Christ is called BRIGE, so God’s people. I don’t need to be distract by any animal in heaven because I know God prepared us a celestial home where joy and worship will be our holy “rotine”! Praise the Lord!

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Karen November 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Sylvia Brown claimed to be a psychic. If so… could she really be a Christian? The Bible, in more places than one, states we are not to be involved with psychics, fortune telling etc etc.

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Marc December 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

Thank you for your article. My dog died on Monday of this week and it has been so hard for me as I have been so busy being caught up with my own personal life I haven’t been able to forgive myself for spending more time or doing more stuff with him. He had cancer and it hit fast. I just want to know that he is with the lord and his that he is in a very state of happiness. I loved him so much.

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felix June 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

i lost my pet dog.. I gave him food on 14th june 2016 around 8 pm .. there were other street dogs .. but next morning i found that he is dead ..and a small other dog is also dog.. i cannot tolerate my pain… ohh god , can u please create him one more time???? with prayers….. i dont know that my dog has a soul or not… can u help me

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2016 at 9:37 am

I am sorry for your loss Felix. I cannot help your pain but only pray for you friend but the Bible does not say that pets go to heaven. We cannot say what the Bible does not.

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nancy January 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm

My dog died a week ago today. I want to know that Bailey will be there with me too. I loved her very much! I miss her too. If we are to be truly happy in heaven and god know our hearts then our pets must be there with us.

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Tess Salzer January 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

Our family had a beloved horse die yesterday 1/24/16 and it was extremely hard to see him go. He was white by the way, and I firmly believe that God cares for the creatures he has created a they will be in heaven. I believe that the hope of seeing our animals again is a pull on our hearts so that we would want to be there also. Thank you for your article especially your conclusion, nicely written.

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eric montfort March 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

I totally believe all animals and pets will be in Heaven with us and in a glorified state. God is perfect and good and it is inconceivable that animals who suffer so much on earth will not get rewarded after they die. And if we ask God to resurruct our beloved pets, He will do so being the Love and Creator of everything!

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rechel gillan March 24, 2016 at 6:18 am

Our dog just have to be put down today. I have never witnessed death before not even a relative so it was so sad to let him go. I did I not expect to cry so much, knowing he won’t be coming back home with us. I would like so much to see him again one day in heaven. At least now he is not in pain anymore.

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adi barrales March 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I have lost many pets, but today march 26 2016 I felt the worse of all pains, my heart aches as if it burns the rejection of all words come to me strong and the feeling of guilt and confusion take over me in great manner as I almost vomit to see my baby die in my arms. Yes it was my baby a puppy no older than 7 mos old who I loved as my own son and held him till the last minute and saw him felt him rest his body in my arms and his loving eyes looking at me and I asked my self why can you just get better? I felt his heart stop beating as mine agitated as I sobbed in tears an pain as I had to let him go and come home with out him. My throat is shut from pain my heart aches tremendously and I heard comments as it will be ok at least he is not suffering, and that I know but he was so happy and jumpy three days before and now he’s gone why? Why must he so innocent be gone and those around me who are ungrateful mean and care less be their just their?

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Sam March 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

I just recently lost my best friend on st. Patrick’s day. I had come home from a good day at school as my dad sits me down to tell me that our dog had been killed. I wished that he was joking. But he wasn’t. Our 7 year old cockapoo had been ran over by a ups truck. I quickly realized that the truck was delivering things I had bought online. If it weren’t for me my dog would still be alive. We had done everything with her, Lucy, went camping, boating, and brought her to our cabin. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. I never thought of her as a dog, in fact I sometimes forgot we weren’t even the same species but more she was a friend. The only friend who didn’t care about my imperfections and she didn’t care about mine. She always knew how I felt and cheered me up. But because of me she is dead. Every morning she would jump up and wake me up and then just set her little head on me. Now I wake up every morning and go down stairs to find her not sitting in her chair. Then I remember that she’s dead. And pretty soon all she will be is a pile of ashes. And that she died on the side of the road with no one to comfort her or say goodbye. I wish I could go back and save her. We recently went to Arizona for a week and being separated from her was painful. Now to think that I will be separated for an eternity? What did she do to deserve that? It should have been me! Why does God do that? If I can never see her again in heaven then there would only be hell.

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Barry Barnes May 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

When asked, “Do dogs go to Heaven?”, Evangelist Billy Graham responded, “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in Heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
I believe that this is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I feel very confident that all our animals will be restored when Jesus brings down the new Heaven and the new Earth. They are God’s pets too. He created all the animals and said, “It is good.”
You are very correct in stating that it is most important to make sure that we are there also to see them. The animal will be restored without having to believe or repent. But for us, it is important to be rightly related to God which is very simple… we just need to trust that Jesus came to fulfill the law that we are not capable of obeying completely and we will be accounted as righteous in God’s eyes just as it was for Abraham.

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Carrie K May 26, 2016 at 4:11 am

Hello, My dear dog Josie had cancer and we put her down…I am a Christian and so broken hearted..Josie was an angel…I pray she is on the other side, waiting to greet me when it is my time to pass..Our Lord is all about love and my Josie was the most loving living creature I ever encountered. She showed me more love than most humans.

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Yasmin May 31, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Of course your dog will be in Heaven. Everything and everyone is God made and dogs are more than spirit – they love unconditionally. This is true love and hallmark of the soul. This is a true Gift from God. Jesus loved us unconditionally as do the dogs we love as part of the family.

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Katherine June 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm

My dog died yesterday

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Linda July 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

How can our pets, who show us so much love, not have a soul!

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Gary Cole July 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Hello Mr Wellman
I lived in Derby for many years with my aunt Paula Snyder. Her brother Milton McDaniel lives incoming equipment/Acceptance needed Mulvane. I am searching online daily about pets going to heaven. They have this unbounding love for us. They greet us when we arrive home. They give all their heart and everlasting love to us. The day that I sent my Alley Cat away, he still had a little in him to show me that he loved me. His story is a very sad one. I would say all abandoned pets have a sad past. I was 64 when he left Had him for a little over two years. I know that God sent me to rescue him and give him love and comfort until the end. His loss hurt me more than losing family. Because I watched him recover from nearly dead at 1 1/2 pounds to 12 pounds. There is much to tell. I pray everyday for his presence in heaven. As you said, we have to wait until that time. You are an amazing person to devote your life to God and to helping others. I know that the next time that I am in your area, i will stop by on Sunday morning. God bless you my friend

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Jack Wellman July 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Thank you Mr. Cole. We’re neighbors, sort of. My wife is an animal rescuer and I got the bug…we love it. She finds abandoned cats and gets them fixed, shots, and homes, but many call our place home. I appreciate your kind words sir. Wish you were still near Mulvane, KS. I’d love to visit with you sir. May God richly bless you.

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The_Aweosme_Pie August 11, 2016 at 12:05 am

i’m really wondering if they do go to heaven cause my dogs about to die >:(

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melissa September 1, 2016 at 2:25 am

I believe that God made pets so innocent so they could go to heaven, they know right from wrong in a childlike way. Animals are completely innocent and pure so they can’t sin like we do. They sin like children, and if a child dies before reaching the age of accountability and they go to heaven i believe animals are the same but they never reach the age of accountability. So therefore i firmly believe they do. Great article by the way!

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lloyd September 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

I was thinking the same thing when I read her name.she doesn’t claim to be a Christian just a fortune teller.

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Shai September 4, 2016 at 6:06 am

This happened to me today. Ive been so busy i wasnt able to take care of him. I have so manu regrets. I hope they can get to heaven and be healed and happy there.

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Hannah September 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm

I think you misunderstood what Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 is saying. It is explaining life without God. Without God the animals are our equals and we will end up in the same place. If God hadn’t died for us who knows where we’d end up. Later in the verse it states “Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”, but this is also NIV. In the New King James version it states, “Who knows the spirit of the sons of man, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down into the earth.” This simply stating that we wouldn’t know what would happen to us. If you don’t understand my point, I found a website that explains it MUCH better than I can.
http://bibleq.net/answer/867/
Hopefully this clears some of this up! God bless!

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Debbie October 2, 2016 at 4:10 am

I too have lost a few dogs even recently. It pains me that at one time I did not care for dogs or any animals. But by chance for my son’s sake, I accepted one then others followed. I feel very deeply in love with Gizmo and cried as if I lost a human loved one.. Why were these animals put on earth? Was it to give humans an open heart? I love and feel so deep for animals now and spend time playing the guitar every night to the dogs we have. The minute I start playing they start falling asleep. May God bless n keep all God’s creations safe . They bring comfort n love so much joy. This is from one who despised these innocent creatures am ashamed to say. May God forgive me. ..As many dogs I have lost my heart and painfully hurt. I will always have an open heart for God’s creation and give thanks for these blessings. The pain is worth the love they have given me.

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Anke October 18, 2016 at 1:24 am

I am 37 and as I am still unmarried, I have not given birth to a child yet. However, I adopted a cat for myself and her cousin for my boyfriend, after he was in a very bad accident. His cat later had kittens, one of which I kept and he became my everything. My cats are my life. I used to go out partying all weekend, but now I would look forward to weekends with my babies, watching movies and playing in the garden. My big boy passed away this weekend. We have no idea why and I was too distraught to have his beautifully perfect body opened for an autopsy, so we will never know. He is only a year old this month. I came home and he was lying lifeless on the floor. So many things have gone through my head since I found him. But none of it will bring him back. We tried to resuscitate him and raced him to the vet but he was gone. No sign of injury or poisoning. Just his perfect body. I have never been so distraught. He was literally my child. We buried him under the mulberry trees where he liked to play. I haven’t slept with the worry that he is too young to know anyone where he has gone. I pray all day and all night that our Lord takes him in and looks after him for me, and I pray desperately that I will see him again someday when it is my time. Thank you for your article..it verses you have quoted has definitely helped soothe my heartache. God Bless you and your wife and all you do for the animals aswel as humanity. I will be looking at starting up something, in honour of my Leo, for other cats who are less fortunate than he was. Kind regards and blessing, Anke – PE – South Africa

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Andrew October 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I firmly believe all animal’s soul/spirit, (be it pets or wild animals).. go directly back to our father when they die. Just like us.

No more pain or suffering, nor sorrows.

They are held to a much different standard than we humans are.. So I believe they are in peace and rest with God for all eternity.

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Amber November 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

I lost my Yorkie about two weeks ago. She was such a huge part of my life and now it feels so empty. I don’t have kids yet, and she was like a child to me. I was blessed to have her for 11 years. She was the best friend I ever had. She loved me unconditionally and was so loyal. She was with me when I lost my fiance, my Grammy, and most recently, my younger brother. Now she is gone too and I feel like I’ve truly lost EVERYTHING. Although the Bible doesn’t clearly state if pets go to Heaven, I tell myself they do, as it makes losing her a little less painful believing she is with the Lord. I pray so much that my fiance and my Grammy are in Heaven with her too. I know my little brother is with the Lord.

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B November 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

Sweet Friend,
I can feel your pain. I lost my dog yesterday. But as I sat down to read my Bible and looked on the web for some kind of comfort, I realized that our sweet unconditional loving pets are such an example of how Jesus loves us. I finding more comfort in worshipping God for creating my beloved Bernice. And for allowing her to be part of my life story. Seek your creator my friend and cry out to Him. Like your pet that was always there God who created you and them is waiting for you to look for Him. And in that seeking sometimes we need to just be still and know He is God (Psalm 46:10). Acknowledge God. Let the creator of your sweet pet to transform your life. Ask Jesus into your heart. I can tell you that He has transformed my life and I’ve never known such peace until I trusted Jesus as my Savior. Thank you all who blogged. It helped me to grieve with so many others.

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Marianne December 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

My very beloved and special cat Ashley died in my arms last night.
It was very sudden and unexpected. I’ve been involved in animal rescue for almost 20 years, and I’ve had many,many animals in my life. Somehow,though,there are those that make a lasting impact, and Ashley one.
I don’t understand why the Bible is so hard for us (well, ME at least) to figure out. What’s a parable and what’s to be taken literally?
When my grandson was 4 years old,he was very ill and in the hospital. The Dr.’s told us that they had done all they could,and we should be prepared to loose him. He DID eventually recover,and over the next few days,weeks,and even years, he would bring up certain “experiences” that he had at that time. I would share them all with you here (they were incredibly spine-tingling),but my reason for this post was just to share this one in particular: a couple of years ago,when his and his brothers’ ferret passed away, I called them to offer my condolences. I spoke to his older brother,who said Noah had said to him “It’s ok,when we get to Heaven,we will see them (our pets) there” Out of the mouth of babes. He has always spoken with such matter-of-factness regarding his experience,as if he were just reciting how his day in school had gone. The funny thing is,though,that if you try to question him,he will just clam up. But he will still casually mention something in passing, like “You know,we don’t have the same colors here that are in Heaven” My fear is that as he gets older,he will forget. But for now,I am somewhat comforted by the blessing that God has bestowed on him,our family and those that can believe the words of a child….

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Timothy December 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Our beloved Clara is slipping away at this moment. I have been praying for the Lord to take her without vet intervention. I think one will come today or we will have to take her in. Her sister, Sophie, is the same age, as they turned 15 on 12/1/16. These cats are precious, but when Sophie is gone, my heart is done breaking this way. Without them having a soul, did not Adam and Evening have dominion over the animals? Does that have bearing?

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

I am sorry for your pain in losing Clara. I wished I could give you hope from the Bible but dominion over the animals doesn’t mean they have a soul. We just don’t know if they’ll be in heaven or not. We are cat rescuers and know your pain. One we lost was almost 18! It still hurts losing our precious “Red.”

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clifton e. pigg December 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

today I lost Chucky-he was 7 years old -his love was unconditional,and yes he had a soul-anyone whom has had a lap dog for a length of time knows this-I am positive he now is in heaven with my wife-whom passed 4 years ago-now he is gone it is extremely quite here(even though he made little noise)-miss my little buddy.

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Ed Wilson December 27, 2016 at 12:32 am

Hi Clifton, Ed here. I’m sure you. Will be with your dog again. I lost my lab the day after you lost Chucky. They are waiting for us, I’m sure.

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heinz green December 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

i lost bobo on xmas eve 2016 he was there for me when my wife passed he loved me uncondon he when every with me i miss him so much was my best friend i love bobo see you in heaven heinz

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Mimi February 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

I find it hard to believe that all of my pets will be in heaven for they do not have a mortal soul. And…if all the billions and billions of dogs, cats, and other pets do go there wouldn’t it be so overcrowded that you couldn’t walk? So many more animals than people have roamed the earth. What is the answer?

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Jack Wellman February 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Mimi. I see your point. The Bible doesn’t say what happens to pets after they die so in my conclusion, I say we just don’t know because if the Bible is silent on this, we must be too.

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Donovan April 19, 2017 at 11:33 am

I agree wholeheartedly, first we have to pretend that our understanding of “life” is God’s understanding too like any of us know the mind of God, instead of the other way around. Once you go beyond man, who Christ died for, then you likely have to admit into heaven every bacteria that has lived and died, every amoeba, because all of “life” obviously has the “breath of life” in it. So it will never stop. Those saying, “it says Christ will return on a horse…” Sure, but where does it say that horse is the resurrected spirit and glorified body of a beloved, family horse that died on a Montana farm in the 1800’s and not a horse created anew for the very purpose it was used for.

All we know is what has been written, that God will reconcile all of creation, that’s all. Doesn’t mean anyone’s pet is going to be in heaven in a glorified body just because they think that’s what has to be in heaven for them to be happy. Where does it say that God gives us whatever we desire for our happiness? You don’t have to live very long to see that’s simply untrue, he denies us many things we think would make us happy, if not, we would all be young, rich, healthy, beautiful and in the Oval Office. In fact, I suspect that kind of condition based thinking might very well exclude many from ever seeing heaven as it tends to indicate a lack of faith in both God and God’s plan.

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Pat Garlinghouse February 18, 2017 at 4:54 pm

My cat recently killed 2 hummingbirds. I feel absolutely horrible about this. Do you believe their little souls might be in heaven now? I surely hope so. I hope I can get over this pain.

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Jack Wellman February 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

That these hummingbirds go to heaven is unknown as the Bible is silent on whether animals have eternal souls. In time, we will know, but cats do what cats do (we own 3) and this is unfortunate, but the greatest question is, “Are you and your loved ones going there.” That’s the only way to find out this question. It sounds like you are a believer, Mrs. Garlinghouse, but we just don’t know the answer for sure.

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Kim February 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm

About 2 months ago my boyfriend brought his moms cat up here to live with us cause she passed and my cat was already here. We thought since they were sisters, they would remember each other and be kind. Well I guess since being apart for over 5 years, changed that. So we had to seperate them. I didn’t think it was fair for my cat to be mostly confined to the bedroom and I noticed how her meows changed and one night I went there to see her and I sat on the end of bed cause she was on the night table on my side and she licked me on the nose and I petted her back and a while later, I said I’ll be back soon and as soon as I got up to leave, out of the blue, she attacked me. I know exactly why she did that. It’s cause the entire apartment was her territory and the other cat was there and she got mad and couldn’t stand it anymore. I wish we never had to put her down on February 9th cause she was my baby girl and I miss her terribly and can’t stop crying. I just hope she’s thinking about me and can’t wait to see me again in heaven.

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Valerie ehrlich March 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

I lost my beautiful Pomeranian dog freeway of fourteen years on January 21 2016 he was the sweetest little boy in the world he loved playing in his puppy pool in the backyard and splashing in about five inches of water on a hot summer day under the shade tree and he loved playing fetch and frisbee and chasing birds I know that sweet little boy who even at the end of his life would sleep beside me in bed at night because he was in so much physical pain due to arthritis and being attacked by a skunk is with the Jesus in heaven and that I will see him when my time comes I still miss my baby and it’s been over one year

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Colonel Aaron R. Shields March 15, 2017 at 1:19 am

I have owned dogs all my life and have lost many of my good friends over time. Some of these were born on my property, lived full lives and died there. Some have had especial bonds with myself and family members. I look at this with a very simple logic. God is perfect goodness and yet wants US – as His eternal companions. Everything God has created and all of HIS work has a purpose behind it. Our dogs are our loyal companions, friends and helpers. Often they display noble attributes that we as humans would do well to emulate and they ask so little in return. They need us – indeed their whole lives and their world revolves around us. Can there be a more dedicated friend or companion?

To me our dogs serve as an example of the kind of dedication and simple love that we as HIS companions (His children for those in the grave with our redeemer) should seek to be. Do you suppose God would be pleased with us if with our greater intelligence and faculties that we showed Him the same sort of dedication and loyalty that our own pets show us? I think so.

Consider that our dogs are here for OUR pleasure and that we who are in Christ are here for GOD’s pleasure. Do you suppose that God wishes for us to be happy when we dwell with Him? Do you suppose that when we go to that place of many mansions and new places that the scriptures say will be prepared for us, that we will not be pleased with our reward that derives from His pure love for us? What sort of reward would you wish for your dear departed pet. What did you wish him/her in life? For a good hearted person do you not want only good, pleasure and happiness for you dedicated friends?

God’s power is limitless. It is beyond our understanding or comprehension. His mind is the mind of the clockwork of the universe and everything that is, has been and will be – is recorded within His mind in exacting detail down to the last atom. He tells us that the hairs upon our heads are numbered and that He knew us before we were born. God transcends time. We linear beings do not. I believe that when we become our creator’s companions in the next reality (which is the enduring true reality) beyond our temporary birthing and calibration for eternity that we go through here – our brief tempering and lowly pupae state where we will one day erupt from our cocoons into the next existence as God’s butterflies. Do you not believe that when this new creation and new universe exists that in that eternity of time, that God will not grant us our heart’s purest and good desires? What does the Groom and Bride wish for one another? Happiness – right? When the depth and breadth of the universe and all time and space have been given us as our playground to dwell within forever with God, do you not suppose that the wonderful diversions that we will experience with HIM will be truly endless? GOD: “Why what are you going to do today (insert your name)?” YOU: “I think I am going to go back eons and witness the creation of a moon like IO in a galaxy far away today – or perhaps I will be a stone for a thousand years – or perhaps I will spend this day with my dog – my best friend when I was mortal.”

I leave you with this: One day an old man named Christian passed away and he found himself on a path. His faithful dog FIDO who had been dead for years greeted him. He was so happy to see him young, fit and healthy again and leaned down to pet him and embrace him as Fido raised up on his hind legs – tail a-waggin to greet his beloved master and friend. As they walked forward, the path turned to gold. They looked ahead and could see a great shining city built upon a beautiful hill, with gates made of pearl and gold. As they came up to the gate a man in white robes and a flowing white beard met them. Hello he said, I am Saint Peter, welcome to Heaven. He opened the gate and as the man began to enter, his dog followed. The man in white, rebuked him, “that dog cannot enter the Kingdom”. Christian was upset, and replied, “My friend cannot come with me?”. “NO the man in white responded.” Christian, turned around and told the man that if His dog couldn’t enter there, then he wanted nothing to do with that place. The two began to walk the other direction and Christian was upset but thought to himself he would not give up his best friend a second time.

As the miles passed they noticed another hill with a city atop it. It was a more humble clean place made of fine stone and well jointed wood. As the two approached the wooden gates a man in humble attire moved to greet them. Christian inquired “Can my dog come into this city with me?” “Well of course he can my son, the man responded – this is Heaven after all.” Christian and his dog entered into the gates and the city gleamed within with great finery beyond comprehension, “Heaven you say – why I thought that city across the valley there was Heaven – there is a man in white there who says it is”. The gatekeeper, laughed, “No my son, this is Heaven. That man that you talked with is the devil himself and if you had left your friend outside, you would surely be trapped within that city now – a place known to many as HELL.”

My friends, my God IS GOD. My God is a GOOD GOD. MY GOD knows our hearts and minds. We are here for His pleasure and what gifts of love do you suppose He will grant us out of that pure love and pleasure that HE derives from us as His eternal companions? I for one believe that if we have been bought with the blood of Christ and that we know our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life, then it’s a pretty good bet that God will give us our hearts desires – to include being with those we love most – human and animal.

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Chris March 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

I just lost my Kitty to cancer. The same questions loom with me as to what happens and where do they go. These are questions we naturally have as living beings.

Throughout my life I have watched movies about ghosts and hauntings and with the rise of the internet I have explored more documentaries about things like the afterlife and people’s near death experiences. What caught my attention about your comment that made me want to respond was that I had come across the same claims to Heaven and the spirit world having colors “like we have never seen before.” I don’t know exactly what that means though. Years ago I wondered if it were possible that other colors existed. We only know what we can see and can’t even imagine another prism or sphere of colors. Or is it that Heaven is much more colorful? We do live in a very colorful world as it is so this beauty must be something beyond our imaginations.

What also made me want to respond to you was something similar that my family had an experience with in regards to a little boy. My niece’ son was 2 and 3 years old while my sister and her boyfriend lived in a house with my niece and the kids. Her daughter was 1 and 2 at the time. A women, who was the mother of a friend of the family, died in that home. My sis and her bf came to rent this home because they were friends with this girl who’s mother had passed there. Anyway, the kids could see this woman’s spirit. My sister said she would hear things at night like it sounded as if someone walked into a wall down the hallway. We usually got together and watched football games, Steelers fans here, and my sis asked Brayden (my niece’ son) about this woman spirit and he said she was standing right behind me. But I couldn’t see her. He could. A child that young wouldn’t cognitively have developed enough to have any reasoning to make up such things. If I recall correctly, my niece’ daughter could see this woman too. The boy though was able to communicate it better though. He is 5 now but he’s still too young to ask him about this experience and what he remembers. He may even have a gift. We will have to wait and see if that is the case though. I have many experiences of my own usually coming from my dreams though but have felt things and seen things appear to me.

But I also lost a best friend to cancer in 2015. He loved hockey and was from Minnesota and loved his teams. My Penguins were in the Stanley Cup last year and right about the time the Final series was about to begin, out of nowhere, I could feel his energy there. I wasn’t imagining things. I wasn’t looking for him or even thinking about him or wondering where he was. He came to me! He was there. He’s an angel and I am sure of that now. He is filled with love. I don’t know that our loved ones always visit us. My friend had a sick sense of humor so he would be the one that might watch ya go to the bathroom LOL but hopefully they still respect the living’s privacy to a degree.

But, with a heaven so beautiful, souls may not feel the attachments to this Earth as much just like when I’m on a cruise ship I don’t really care as much about my sports talk radio or what the Penguins are doing. But now I know, even in heaven, I will still like hockey! And my friend will be there.

What I can do without is being treated like @&%! at work by some miserable little man when there is so much more to life. It let’s us know that we have to do what our inner selves are telling us to do. We crave certain types of personal work yet our economy keeps us imprisoned, doing what we have to do to pay for everything. We need more freedom from the financial strains so that we can give to this world instead of just giving ourselves to the corporation. Our souls are developing within us and being in situations that are unhealthy for us are unhealthy for the soul.

But when we do pass, as I just lost my Kitty 5 days ago, I imagine we need to rest just like a new born baby. There certainly must be a period of time where there is much adjusting to do and I imagine despite all the love in heaven, Kitty would miss me as much as I miss her and would want to see me.

Perhaps the soul does or does not immediately rise off this Earth. I’ve read many testimonies of those who had near death experiences and one man said he was in the hospital room and trying to talk to his mother and he felt very frustrated because she wouldn’t respond to him. She couldn’t see him or hear him though because he had died. I hope there is a way that my Kitty will understand that I am not ignoring her. I simply can’t see her and don’t know that she is there : ( Because, this would break her heart : ( It breaks mine.

But everything on this Earth is made up of energy. Energy continues to exist. To debate what living matter has souls and which ones don’t, all matter continues to exist despite losing its physical body. Dogs and cats, being animals that are so close to us, more than likely would still want to stay close to us. But even plants and trees, from what so many claim, respond well to positive energy, like the woman who talks to her plants. Ever think about what all the trees in the woods and all that they have endured during their lifetime? The wind and the storms and the close calls with lightning, getting infested with bugs, losing branches, woodpeckers, and standing there all those years and maybe just to be mowed down so Ryan Homes can put in a new housing plan. Where do these trees go? The fireplace? The trees don’t have lungs but they too need oxygen to survive. There certainly must be trees in God’s kingdom.

The real question is, who doesn’t get in? Or, are there different places/planes for different souls and creatures? We all come from some molding and upbringing and we learn from what we live and experience. We are also born with our own souls and personalities. What takes one to Hell? Sometimes I think when we are victims and traumatized by things in life like when someone has been wronged by things like the legal system or being in the military/war or physically abused or bullied or raped, and we have that anger deep down inside, it may be a factor that disqualifies us for an immediate entry into Heaven. Hurtful situations, especially when it continues to happen in each chapter of life, creates hate. That hate consumes us. Yet I find myself hating these short men who are managers because with each job it’s these same little men who keep making my life hell and firing me. Same goes for these man-hating lesbians. And guys who deliberately have wrecked relationships with some of my girlfriends and the girls too who allowed it to happen. And the people who physically attacked. What about people in the middle east who have to live with the sick things ISIS has done to them and what about and people who have committed such sick acts? Where does everyone go? I imagine many culprits have to face themselves and that’s something most don’t do on Earth.

I think there’re many different places but before we go, there has to be some peace made. Unresolved issues and lack of closure is always difficult and probably the same for us as spirits. Just as there are those who are really attached to their material things and have to part with those items whether it be the wealthy one and their mansion or simply the one who just likes their home and put alot of years and work into it and doesn’t want to let it go.

I imagine if one who lived a pretty full life went right to Heaven it would be our pets. For the rest of us, there still may be some work to do. But something certainly exists beyond this existence. And just like on Earth, we have to be careful of those who aren’t good for us. I hope my Kitty is in a good place. I fear more than anything her wonderful spirit was taken by someone evil. I’m not a religious person and I don’t pray but I did say some prayers for her. I just don’t know if it was good enough because my relationship with God isn’t that great as I always try to do good and I always get screwed over and my kind heart and niceness gets taken advantage of, I get wrongly accused of stuff that I didn’t do. It just feels like a curse. So I can only hope she is ok.

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steven March 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

yes, all creation will be in heaven, including pets. Hebrews says that to which I knew people that went to heaven.

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janiemarie March 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Amen and Amen.

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David Lagesse April 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

They say that “it was just a dog…” but Love is Love!
Losing a beloved pet can be just as heartbreaking as losing any other loved one.
You always made me laugh; but now you always make me cry!
As pet lovers, we know the special connection between our pets and us. They are part of us, and we are part of them. They are part of our family, and dogs are our protectors. Dogs seem to know how we are feeling and are always there to give a big smile and wet kisses. The unconditional love and loyalty that they willingly and gratefully bestow on you, no better friend will you find. Whether we lose our dog to a needless tragedy, or old age, it’s very hard to lose a loved one, but it takes time. When the time comes and we must put our beloved pet to sleep, I believe that they understand that we do this not to hurt them but to help.
Think about it, you could tick off the names of all the pets that you have ever owned and in the proper order. You instantly recognized another mixed breed that looks similar to the one you have had, because they are so ingrained into our memories.
Though you never forget the pets who have graced your life in the past, there is always another out there, patiently waiting on you to come rescue them, to help fill the void.
The greatest honor that can be bestowed on the memory of the pet we love, is to fill that empty hole, left by their space in your life as soon-as-possible with another whose life depends on you… so many sweet animals are out there who are unloved… so many are put down… I believe it helps with the grief of losing a beloved pet and saves a wonderfully unique life at the same time…

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bubba ray April 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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Donovan April 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

Can’t help notice that many of these post begin with some form of the dangerous words, “I believe…” Prov. 3:5 warns us against, “leaning to our own understanding.”

Additionally, most say “pets” or “my dog” But what about maggots and flies and mosquitoes and worms and bacteria, don’t they have the “breath” of life as well? Are they not all “God’s creation” and aren’t they all living?

Even if there are animals in heaven, where is it written that these are resurrected animals and not new creations?

Job 38:2 cautions against, “darkening counsel without knowledge.

What is happening on this forum is that the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of MAN, made in his image, is being trodden down so that we can all feel good about loving our pets (my dog was put to sleep just yesterday, so I get it) so much that we demand God preserve them for us in eternity, just to make us happy. But God was not made to serve man, but man to serve God.

The Word is silent on the topic, so too should we be silent on the topic.

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Jack Wellman April 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

Hello Donavan. Thank you for your comment and I agree, as I wrote in this article, the Bible is silent on this question, but many of these people who have lived alone or with a beloved pet for many years consider them family and so I don’t think anyone is trying to “trodden down” the sacrifice of Christ. I find that a bit strong sir. I don’t think anyone is demanding God preserve them either…they are simply wanting to know if they’ll see them again…just as other people want to know if they’ll see their loved ones in heaven. You would really compare “maggots” with what about “my dog?” Again, very strong sir. Pets are special….and we have bonds with them, but maggots and bacteria and worms? Please sir, I urge you to show compassion for these people.

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Donovan April 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

Hello Jack,

The question itself is fine. Q. “Will my pet be in heaven?” A. “I don’t know, but I do know that Jesus didn’t die for the sins of your pet.” Which, as you aptly state, is the relevant question. Review the responses and many are simply dangerous. The lack of compassion would be to allow non-scriptural information to pass as scriptural without correction. So too is the assertion that we decide, quite arbitrarily it appears, which animal life is worthy of resurrection and which is not just because we decide which creatures are suitable for pets in this life, each of us holding drastically differing opinions.

Thank you for your response. I appreciate you authoring the piece. Like I said, I put my dog down just yesterday and though I would like to hear he’s rolling in the green grass of heaven, I can’t “believe” that because it’s nowhere stated by anybody that resides in heaven.

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Jack Wellman April 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

I don’t think we’ve ever insinuated Jesus died for our pets in either the comments or in the articles. I did comment where they seemed, as you said, “dangerous” which is not what I would call them, but I always insist that it’s a pointless question as to whether their pets go to heaven unless they themselves have repented and trusted in Christ. That’s the bottom line of all theology for God desires none should perish. Thank you Donovan.

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Pam April 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

To Marc who lost his dog in 2015,
I found this article engaging and comforting, as well. I just had my sweet little kitty of 13 yrs put to rest. I would like to think God has a special place for them and He will send some comforting sign that they know how much we loved them.

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Catherine Mundale May 23, 2017 at 7:35 am

I lost my orange tabby Biscuit and Appaloossa mare Pebbles.
I grieve daily. I think that since God is Love, then anything Loved by him or man, is all in one.
So logically we shoild see our pets for they are God in a different image.

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