8 Awesome Bible Verses About Loving and Caring For Animals

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Here are eight great Bible verses about loving and caring for animals.

Proverbs 12:10 “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

This proverb is very clear. Whoever is righteous will have regard for the life or the care of their animals, whether they are pets or livestock. For those who are cruel to their pets or animals, God seems to indicate that the mercy of the wicked is no better than cruelty of the wicked compared to God’s mercy, but on the other hand, the mercy and care given to those who care properly for their animals is very pleasing in God’s sight. There are several who are animal rescuers who find homes for abandoned animals, even getting them fixed and receiving their shots. I find it interesting that the two people that I know who are animal rescuers are also kind and gentle with people, so the proverb is true that whoever has regard for their animals, or any animals, is righteous in God’s sight, however that doesn’t mean they can be saved by having regard for the life of animals, since our righteousness only comes from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; 2nd Cor 5:21).


Matthew 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”

When Jesus was teaching His disciples, He was trying to communicate to them to not worry about their own life and “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt 10:28), because “even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt 10:30-31). God values us above his creatures, but even a tiny sparrow, which is valued at less than one penny to us, is still valuable to God, meaning that He cares for His creatures and cares deeply about how we treat them, regardless of how small or insignificant they are.

Deuteronomy 25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.”

The Apostle Paul cited this verse with respect to the church taking care of their leaders, as he wrote “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages” (1st Tim 5:18), so he wasn’t so much concerned with the ox as he was with the church supporting the pastors. In saying this, I consulted Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he wrote, “it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned” (1st Cor 9:9)? Obviously God cares for his creatures (like oxen) but the point is, if we know God cares for his creatures enough to ensure they receive part of their labor, such as allowing an ox to at least eat part of what he’s labored for, how much more so for those that labor for the Lord?

Luke 14:5 “And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”

Jesus is referring to an Old Testament law where even on the Sabbath, the owners were allowed to help an animal in distress, for example one that fell into a well was allowed to be rescued, regardless of whether it was a holy day or not. If left there, the ox would surely die, so God sees His creatures as important enough to properly care for them and show them mercy, even if it was the Sabbath. In this case, Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath, and of course, the lawyers and Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath, but there was actually no law against healing on the Sabbath, just as there wasn’t a law the prevented them from helping animals on that day. Their hearts were so hardened that they thought of the Sabbath law above the needs of humans and animals.

Psalm 50:10-11 “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.”

We might think we own animals, in particular our pets, but the Bible teaches that these are not actually ours. We are only stewards of what God’s given to us. God owns “every beast” there is, including your cattle or sheep or oxen or whatever else it is you own, including your pets. In fact, everything “that moves in the field is” God’s, so that included everything. The point is we better think about that when we are caring for God’s creatures, whether great or small.

Proverbs 27:23 “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”

Although this proverb has more to do with not taking God’s blessings for granted, and those who have much might begin to think they’ve accumulated all of their own wealth, God reminds us that these possessions are not ours anyway (Psalm 50:10-11), but there is a good point in this that we should be aware of our animals conditions and give attention to them when they need it. Neglecting what God’s given us, whether property or animals, is not pleasing to God, and what God has given, He has every right to take away (Job 1:21).

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

We are not saved because we are valuable; we are valuable because we are saved. To God, we are worth more than many sparrows of the air, but in telling Jesus’ disciples to not worry about their needs, He reminds them that God loves His creatures enough to make sure that they are fed. Even though they do not sow, reap, or labor, they still must search out food in order to survive, but not to worry; our “heavenly Father feeds them.” Even though we are “of more value than they,” the birds of the air nonetheless do have value to God, so we should value them too, as well as their lives.

Deuteronomy 22:10 “You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”

The Apostle used this verse in referring to not being unequally yoked with non-believers, and for much the same reason. If an ox and a donkey are tied to the same yoke, the ox will have to pull more than its fair share of the weight since the donkey is no match for the strength of the ox. It would be cruel to make one beast work much harder than the other, and in fact, the ox might end up having to drag the donkey along with the rest of the load. That’s certainly cruel. Besides, this unequal yoke will tend the make them go in different directions and they won’t be able to rightfully labor together. As a result, the work will suffer for it, but so will the ox.


If you know someone who is cruel to their animals or pets, they may not be saved, because a righteous person should care for their animals, and in fact, they should have regard for all animals, whether they own them or not. The righteous should care enough about the welfare of their own animals but also the welfare of other animals who might not be receiving proper care and might be treated cruelly or harshly. Remember that these are God’s creatures, not ours, and we will be accountable for how we take care of them or neglect them.

Read more about animals and the Bible here: What Does the Bible Say About Animals?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Shelley DeJong October 6, 2017 at 12:54 am

Thank you for your wisdom in regards to Gods animals. I believe there are a lot of Christians Pastors who do not teach this part of Gods word correctly. In fact, they skip over this topic all together or teach that animals are insignificant and only humans matter. This has been something heavy on my heart since I was very young. I believe a lot of people will have a rude awakening when they find out that God cares about his creation. In fact, we are responsible for their welfare, just like we are responsible for the welfare of our children. This is a great test of character, and I believe many Christians fail here. Thank you again for preaching Gods word.


Sofia June 21, 2019 at 7:49 am

Thank you for expressing this so well!❤️


SHARON DONNA BRANSON August 8, 2020 at 11:23 am

animals ARE Gods creation the same as you or I they have a soul and are the innocent victims of mankind! you’re wrong


Jack Wellman August 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Yes, animals are God’s creation but so no, we are not the same. Animal’s spirit returns to the ground at death and ours return to the Creator (Eccl 3:21). Does this mean that insects, viruses, sharks, and other predators have souls too? Will these be resurrected by God. Shelly, your reasons are not found in Scripture, and we must stick to what God’s Word says, not what we think…so it appears that you are wrong, or the Bible is. We obviously know which is right.


Donna Gallicchio-Rose September 16, 2021 at 5:39 pm

Eccl 3;21. Is a question. It is not a statement of fact. And the book of Eccl, Solomon is talking about life under the sun. He is not talking about Life under the Son. I know that animals go to heaven. God gave me a dream of my dog in heaven. And others have experience the same. I had a friend that prayed for a dog after it got hit by a car and my friend felt that dogs spirit try to leave the dog’s body.


Jack Wellman September 17, 2021 at 10:24 am

Hello Donna. There are no Scriptures that can prove pets go to heaven. We hope so, but to feel a dog’s spirit try to leave the dog’s body is impossible to see or experience, but I am sorry for your loss.

Jennifer December 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm

You changed the word ass in Luke 14:5 to son? That is demonic. You know the scriptures say that man is a potential Son of God – no where in the Bible are animals give this awesome potential. Animals do not posses the Spirit of God. They will not be resurrected. Man has dominion over all animals. Men are supposed to care and love animals – but never are more important. How much more does God care for man?


Jack Wellman December 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Hello Jennifer. Wow. You are very harsh here. This is not about the Son of God but Luke 14:5 says “And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son[a] or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” [a] Some manuscripts say, “a donkey.” There is no mention at all about animals having the Spirit of God. Where are you reading this heresy? It’s not in this article. Please be careful about making false accusations when you comment as you are wrong on all accounts here and should apologize to the author as you are completely in the wrong. Please re-read this carefully. You must not have read it thoroughly at all.


AB May 14, 2020 at 8:50 am

Well, I believe that animals survive the grave. Especially the animals that have been loved by us. I believe there will be animals in heaven. You see, they too are a part of God’s creation. If when we think of heaven and imagine greenery, sunshine etc. We must also realize that God wouldn’t only keep animals out heaven. I can’t imagine heaven without them.
God bless you.


Jack Wellman May 14, 2020 at 9:44 am

Hello AB. The Bible does not say whether animals will be in heaven, specificallly our pets, but as for animals surviving the grave, there is no biblical evidence to point to the fact that animals or pets will be in heaven. We just don’t know. I hope so, but I don’t know so.


Baji Kimran May 31, 2020 at 2:11 am

At the very least, we know horses will be in heaven because Jesus and the saints who follow him return on white horses. (Revelation 19: 11-14) Isaiah 11: 6-9 when describing the new earth mentions Wolves, sheep, leopards, goats , lions, cows, bears, oxen and serpents.

beth August 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

Ecclesiastes 3:19
For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. In Revelations does Jesus come back on a horse? You people who preach that animals have no souls are wrong..Animals are more loving then a human ever thought about being.


Jack Wellman August 20, 2019 at 9:35 am

Hello Beth. The Bible does not say pets go to heaven. The verse you quoted actually supports that for one spirit (mankind’s spirit) goes back to where it came from (God) and the other to the earth, so you cannot prove by Scripture that animals go to heaven. The horse Jesus rides, if you read all of this chapter in context, is not about pets or animals but about Jesus’ return with authority and power. The Bible does not say animals have souls, so instead of chastizing the preacher,read your Bible. You are too judgmental.


Steve September 3, 2019 at 12:30 am

There’s animals in heaven Isaiah 65 or 6 the wolf and the lamb we’ll eat together.
The Bible doesn’t say our animals will be in heaven , but it doesn’t exclude them either.
We just don’t know.
Why couldn’t we have our animals in heaven ?
It doesn’t cost God anything..

The Bible doesn’t say animals have souls but the Bible doesn’t say people have souls either.
The Bible says that man became a living Soul Genesis 2:7
the word soul is mentioned in the bible 1700 times never does it say that we have souls. We are souls


Kelley September 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

I believe that my fur babies will be in heaven. God gave us these animals to care for. Animals are loving just as people are. They sense our moods and express their love to us. Because God created these animals with feelings why would they not be in heaven? No one can convince me otherwise.

pete October 10, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Wow Jack, does it bother you that Beth is right? What a straw man response. She didn’t even claim that animals go to heaven. If you read your Bible, you would know it doesn’t even say we will go to heaven either. The pearly gates are the 12 gates of the New Jerusalem, named after each tribe of Israel. Our promise is resurrection and eternal life on the New Earth through the salvation of Christ. A soul is the breath and life of the Creator, and animals have them too. You’ll never understand the back of the Bible until you understand the front of it.


Jack Wellman October 10, 2019 at 10:57 pm

I actually hope Beth is right, but the Bible does not say that specifically. You have not proved your point from Scripture, but thank you for your comment anway. By the way, heaven is any place that Jesus is. He is there…to me, heaven is not so much a place as it is a Person, and heaven comes down in the form of the New Jerusalem. That might interest you Pete…it’s in the back of the Bible too. Read up on this.

Elizabethanastasia December 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

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


Jack Wellman December 18, 2019 at 7:03 pm

I have read that verse, thank you and thank you for your comment. That verse does not say that every living thing can recieve eternal life though. The black plague is a living thing, but that won’t be in the kingdom. Antrhax too is a living thing, but notice that tHe word “soul” is from the Hebrew word “nephish” which means creature or living being, so I do hope our pets will be in the kingdom, but unless I am convinced from Scripture, we will have to wait and see.

Yvonne May 21, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Beth, I agree! It is Biblical! There are many places in the Bible describing what happens to animals. One important verse(s) describes how all the creation waits for the redemption of man! Why would they wait if they have no souls? Christ returns on a white horse with a multitude of creatures! In the 1,000 years on earth with Christ, the lamb will sit with the lion just as it was before the fall. The circumstance of creation is dependent on men’s salvation. God tells us to search the Word and have understanding so that we are strong in the knowledge of his teachings. He does not say, go to the pastor for all answers! No, he says we must have understanding in order to rebuke a fellow brother. Pastors are to serve not rule and have the last word. This author is sorely wrong. Also, the care of an animal most certainly says something about the character of a man!!! That the churches and leaders skip this altogether is a big, terrible mistake.


Pastor Jack Wellman May 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

Hello Yvonne. I am not saying whether pets will be or won’t be in heaven. I just don’t have enough Scriptural evidence to know for sure, one way or the other. The white horse shows Jesus’ authority one verse cannot prove that pets go to heaven. It’s not my opinion but the Scripture that I depend on, so we just don’t know for sure. I do hope our pets will be there, but nothing or no one (no pet) can compare to Jesus!


Deon October 19, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Yes. Very harsh.
A righteous person loves all Gods creation. We have dominion in order to care for the earth and to care for the animals etc.
We are caretakers of the earth. When God created the animals, He said, “It is good”
Whether animals have a spirit or not is none of our business. We are not the Creator. We are, like the animals and birds etc, the Created ones.
God Bless. And peace be unto you.
Treating animals and Gods creation badly, is a sin and man Will be judged for this.
Beware of euthanasia prescribed by people. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not shed innocent blood. Euthanasia is a sin and it is murder.
Only God can give life and take life. That is His Domain, not ours.
Grace to you all.


Jack Wellman October 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Thank you Deon. Very well put sir.


Joanne Castelnoble October 13, 2019 at 5:37 pm

You are quite wrong Jennifer, use a lexicon, look at the original language and you’ll find in Luke 14:5 it uses the Greek word for son huios. Calling a brother demonic! check out your facts first!!


Mollie Pender December 14, 2019 at 8:20 am

Wow, I wanted to find a beautiful passage for my daughter who loves and protects animals. Instead I find this thread, which feels aggressive and pointless.
Christians stating their findings in a respectful and suitable way, then being heckled and abused by other Christians about the points of the Bible. I just feel tired and disheartened now. Isnt there enough going on in the world already? Without adding to the division within our own Faith?


Jack Wellman December 14, 2019 at 6:43 pm

Hello Mollie. You make a very good point. John 13:34-35 comes to mind. Thank you.


mollie pender December 15, 2019 at 6:03 am

You’re welcome Jack:)
Have a lovely and Blessed Christmas


Jack Wellman December 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm

And to you too my friend. Thank you Mollie.


Gillisn December 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

I was so lucky to have grown up with such kind, caring parents. My father spent five years of his life in the RAF fighting for his country. Became a proper window cleaner as he wanted to be his own boss. He would often bring seagulls covered in oil and bathe them & return them to the beach. we had stray kittens and dogs needing a home. Animals so loyal, I know God loves them all.


Deborah Polley January 21, 2020 at 9:42 am

Thank you for these loving words.
We just lost our fur-ever boy. He was very special in helping us to make the right decision to help him go home with so much love. Reading these words is helping me cope better. As long as I’m reading and praying I’m at peace with our loss. We feel resolved that we did right by our boy and God’s leadership to grieve with His hand alone us. Thank you!


Byron Preston July 4, 2020 at 9:51 am


Wow, are we righteous over much?

To Jennifer you wrote: “you are wrong on all accounts here and should apologize to the author as you are completely in the wrong.”

You wrote to Beth “…so instead of chastising the preacher, read your Bible. You are too judgmental.”

Then when Steve defended her point you smugly responded with your OPINION & a little quip: ” heaven is not so much a place as it is a Person…That might interest you Pete…it’s in the back of the Bible too. Read up on this.”

First of all, heaven is a place no a person. It the spirit realm where God, his son & the angels reside. It was the place from which Satan & 1/3 of the angels were hurled to the earth (Rev. 12-7-9) It is also where Jesus sat down at the right hand of his father. (Heb. 12:2)

We are not to teach opinion but convince by reasoning on the scriptures. Granted, while it is no pleasure in being told a teaching is demonic, we must not respond in kind. (Rom. 12:17)


Jim December 5, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Hi to all that have posted here may you be blessed and have a wonderful Christmas. The bible is the greatest tool the wise ones have given us and to read and assume one thing that is not spoken should be guarded. I lost my Yellow Lab on Oct 5th of this year, he spent all of his life with me since he was six weeks old. He made every step I made and never once did he abandon me, his loyalty never failed me in any way. Our love of one another could never be broken and was never tested, it just didn’t need to be. The bible doesn’t say that I will ever see him again but I have to think in my heart I will. It will be just one more blessing the Lord will give me!!


Katy Fitzpatrick December 30, 2020 at 10:53 pm

I just want to know if God heals all pets, my dog may be dying, it is helpful to know wether God heals each pet as he heal us.


Jack Wellman December 31, 2020 at 9:09 am

Hello Katy. I am sorry for your pets illness, but the Bible does not promise healing for animals.


Kee Edwards September 3, 2021 at 9:56 pm

Hi Katy,
Yes When my dog was run over by an suv and broke her back leg I laid hands on it and prayed for healing and yes God healed her.


Jack Wellman September 4, 2021 at 10:12 am

Hello Kee. Did you take your dog to the vet? God decided to heal that dog and not by your laying on hands. There is no such biblical command or example given that you have. I am sorry, but its not biblical.


David Roberts February 22, 2021 at 1:18 am

You use one scripture to create a whole theology that that animals return to the ground. And it was a question not an answer. He answers the question in Chapter 12, Go read it. There are other scriptures in the Bible that describe how all creatures will be ressurected in the last day. My God is merciful. It was man who was dissobediant to God. Not animals.


Jack Wellman February 22, 2021 at 9:35 am

Hello Mr. Roberts. Please show me Scriptures where it says our pets will be in heaven. Not one is found. You have no theology except an “me-ology” with no evidence to support it. Sorry, but you are totally wrong.


ONTIRI March 29, 2021 at 9:52 am

Dear brethren in Christ, our hearts is spiritually touched with your encouragement reading from your website kindly please share more with us and help us with your teaching materials for they will help us in our fellowship here and win more souls to Christ Jesus we pray and request you kindly if you have Bibles to send to us that Lord will lead you to come and share the word of God with us we hope that God bless us to share more in his kingdom and pray for the orphans who I TAKE CARE OF AND worship with THEM happy to read from you in Jesus name. . PASTOR ONTIRI  KENYA


Nonya May 15, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Wow, never comment on these types of things but I had to when I saw how nasty a so called preacher was being in response to some people’s very lovely comments. I pray you find Jesus. Ask him to live in your heart and then and only then will you kill the evil that lives in your spirit.


Pastor Jack Wellman May 17, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Hello Nonya. I am sorry if I come across too strong, so I apologize, but normally it’s for contending for what is written in the Word. My opinion is useless compared to the Word, so I will take your words to heart and try to be softer and reply with gentleness and respect. Something we’re all called to do. Thank you.


Phillip Holtz August 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm

Hi Jack. Thank you for your verses on animals, I was praying and thanking God for my pet and was looking for verses in the bible on animals when I came across your article. I believe God that works all for the good for those that love Him will have a perfect solution for all who are concerned if their pets are going to be in heaven one day. I guess it is one of the many things the bible doesn’t specifically states one way or the other. Sometimes it feels like God hasn’t said anything for a reason. If we trust God then there is no reason to worry. Thank you for writing the article, God bless.


Jack Wellman August 13, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Thank you Mr. Holtz for our kind words. My wife has been an animal rescuer for years, and she does what she thinks the Bible teaches in caring for God’s own creatures.


peter August 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm

funny, Im not christian anymore but I have 4 dyed in the wool bible thumping Christian brothers who after our mother died last week have decided they want to put down her cat because they don’t want to take care of it because it is old .


Jack Wellman August 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Hello Peter. So you are using your Christian brothers as a reason to reject Christ? That makes no sense my friend. Please don’t judge Christ by what professing Christians say because many, not a few, but Jesus says “many” will say “Lord, Lord” but these same many will be turned away for judgment (Matt 7:21-23) after death (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:12-15). I pray you repent and come to trust in Christ before He returns to judge the unsaved.


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