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Our readers asked:

Will I See My Pets in Heaven?

Mike Hayes Answers:

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Question: As an animal lover and someone who has a deep connection to my pets, I’d like to know more about what the Bible says happens to our pets and other animals when they pass away. Does God have a place for them in heaven? Will we see them again?

As a dog lover myself, who is obsessed with my best friend, Haze the Dog, I always picture Haze bounding toward me when I reach the eternal reward, ready to greet me again.

The truth is that we know little about what heaven is like. What we do know is that this is a complete union with the Divine. So any earthly pleasures that we have come to know will be far exceeded by the complete joy that awaits us in heaven.

The Church teaches that we have dominion over the animals of the world (Genesis) and that while animals are great companions, God shows special preference towards human beings, instilling us with a soul. That said, while we might be the only creatures able to unite with the Divine, that does not mean that animals will not be present in heaven! It just means that they will not be united to God in the same way that we are.

So there very well may be dogs and cats and elephants in heaven. And they would be there for the same purposes that we have them here, companionship. They too, are creations of God and therefore we should take care of them as best we can. I believe that God takes care of them after death as well. A loving God after all would never just rid us of the love that God reflects to us in our pets.

But something to keep in mind is that even if they are not in heaven the same way that we now know them in life, it doesn’t matter. God finds a way to give us even more bliss than our pets have given to us. So the love that we recall from these animals will in fact be present to us in an even greater way.

A final quick story that I believe provides us some insight to an animal’s place in heaven:

There was a man who died and in the afterlife his dog met him. They romped and bounded together just like old times. Upon reaching the first gate a man came out and said: “Welcome to heaven. But you can’t bring that dog in here.”

The dog growled and barked at the gatekeeper. Dejected the man said, “Well, if he can’t come, then I guess I can’t go either. I can’t imagine that God wouldn’t allow him in.” And he went away saddened by this.

A bit more up the road, he found a second gate. And a smiling young man came to the gate and greeted him and the dog wagged his tail and the young man came over and gave him a pat on the head and a belly rub and some doggy treats that he had in his pocket.

He reached out his arms to the man and embraced him and said, “Welcome to heaven!”

Surprised the man said, “But I was just at another gate and that guy told me THAT was heaven. But he wouldn’t let my dog come in with me. So I left that gate and was sad that I’d never get to see God.”

The young man said, “Oh by the way, I’m St. Peter. And that last gate was hell. They only take people in who are willing to abandon their best friend.”

And off they went. Amen.

 
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Mike Hayes is the senior editor for the Googling God section at BustedHalo.com.
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  • charles m

    not true some go to hell that is why they are judged check gen 9:5

  • doglover

    i kinda know what he’s going through, except they’re my aunty and uncles dogs and my mum and i look after them everytime they travel and i constantly think and hope that god will have a place for them in heaven :)

  • Troy Mann

    I’m positive our pets meet us in Heaven. My little dog, who sadly just passed away, was surely a gift from God when I needed him, and God doesn’t seem the type to throw his tools away. He came into our lives just before some of the worst personal tragedies a family can have, and he showed me God’s love like I had never felt it before. He was partly responsible for turning me away from atheism and towards God’s love, and he kept my spirits up when I don’t think anything else in the world could have. In some ways I feel God made these animals to show us how to be Christians, and I know he will have a place for them in His Kingdom.

    • doglover

      aww hope you’re okay :)

  • Ken Orcutt

    For those who say scripture doesn’t say anything about animals in heaven. Please read your bible.

  • Gary Elrod

    I believe pets goes to a waiting place. When the beloved person die he will meet the person and cross over to heaven together. Humans can’t enter heaven except through the blood of Jesus. Human soul are different than pets. God placed Earth to Jesus. God the father made animals. Some animal differ from others. Dog and cats were given by God for loving and having joy with them. These pets take on the owners personalities, and I believe the human soul connects pets souls where they become one. Pets can reason, talk to you, give you joy, love and fun. God put these pets here for us to love and enjoy. When we, as humans die, I think God the father will reward us pet owner with our pets that we lost. God knows that we as humans loved out pets dearly like we love God. I just lost my 18 year old cat. I know he is having fun waiting on the day I or my wife dies so he can reconnect with us again. I am now waiting for the day, I am united with my cat Gizmo.

  • Carol Schulz LaDeaux

    One thing I noticed right off the first time I read the Bible cover to cover is that animals were in heaven (Eden) even before man was. It’s in the very first book.

  • Dan Charette

    Strangely enough, the dog, man and gate story was an episode on the old Twilight Zone series!

  • Paulette Cadmus

    Great story illustrating an important truth about love and loyalty.

  • Sonja Flater

    Nice article, Mike. What references does Scripture have regarding who we see in heaven?

    • Mike Hayes

      Scripture doesn’t say ANYTHING about it actually for the most part. But it also doesn’t say anything against it either.

      • RDemers

        And (if I get to heaven) I canb expect to enjoy the universe’s best hotdogs, hamburgers and pizza. Also unicorns, UFO’s, and broccoli. Scripture doesn’t say anything against them either. :-)

      • Mike Hayes

        The point, people, is that heaven is beyond our understanding…so we know not the immense joy that will exist for us…so much joy that we need not worry ourselves about who we will see or not see. Uniting with the divine brings us into a new way of being. But our pets may have made us more apt to accept God’s love and so they indeed may share in the beatific vision in some way.

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