Do Pets Go to Heaven?Published April 9, 2008
When we welcome a special cat into our lives, we understand that we will probably outlive them. After seven or twelve or 18+ years together, when they've purred their way into the very fabric of our hearts, the idea of them being "gone" forever can be wrenching. We comfort ourselves with stories of the Rainbow Bridge, where we will be reunited in the spirit world with the pets we have loved and lost. And I often council folks preparing for the loss of a pet that no matter what choices they make, ultimately a decision made with love CANNOT be wrong. We hurt in direct proportion to the amount that we love. That doesn't make it hurt any less. And however lovely those Rainbow Bridge stories might be, are they simply fairy tales that wishful thinking prompts? Over the Easter holiday, churches filled to overflowing with people celebrating renewed hope and love, and rebirth of all-things-good through their Christian faith. And one of the things I felt most grateful for was the love of my pets. Frankly, people around the world from all walks of life, cultures and religious persuasions love their pets, too--and I wanted some answers. So on my radio show PET PEEVES I interviewed my own pastor, as well as Angel Animal Network founders to see what they'd have to say. Do pets go to heaven when they die? Do they have souls? What do the world religions say? As with all such things, it comes down to faith. I don't know about you, but for me, it won't be heaven unless my pets are there, too! What do you believe?
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