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Do Pets Go to Heaven? Blessings, Fellowship, Pet Talk & Books!

by | Sep 29, 2019 | Appearance (Theater, Signing, Talks), Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care | 4 comments

Sunday, October 4 is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic friar who loved animals and believed they were God’s beloved creatures. He rejoiced in the value and beauty that animals bring to God’s creation. He was even known to preach sermons to animals. Of course, many pet lovers like myself ask the question, do pets go to heaven?

“It’s no surprise that his feast day (Oct 4) became naturally associated with the blessings of animals,” says Pastor Craig Sturm, of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sherman, Texas. “Francis found ways to incorporate animals into worship, organizing the first live nativity scene.”

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

On October 4, 2019, Pastor Craig Sturm preached on a question he gets asked often: “Do my beloved pets go to heaven?”

Different religions have various ideas of heaven, paradise, nirvana, and life after death. Few spiritual leaders answer this question directly, probably because religion focuses on people and not animals.

The Greeks believed that animals had souls. Some students of Islam say that all animals are submitters to the will of Allah, which makes them “Muslims” and that Muslims come to this earth for a period of time, determined by God, and then they return to Him for eternity. In this way, they say the Quran makes it clear that all the animals will go to Heaven.

Native American traditions say there is an afterlife for animals, and that all of life goes “home” after death and back to the Creator. But the Hindu religion says animals live on a different plane and do not go to heaven. Instead, they reincarnate into higher forms and ultimately live as humans, and thereby attain paradise.

Christianity and Judaism question whether a soul is required to get into heaven or if “spirit” is the same as a soul. Christians believe redemption and faith to be necessary to attain heaven—but can animals sin, have faith, or be redeemed? Seeking answers in Bible scripture can be frustrating because it focuses on human redemption, not animals.

UPDATE: What a wonderful message and day–we had a lovely time both at the pet talk event and the sermon itself. For those interested in hearing Pastor Craig’s message, you can watch the recording of the Facebook Live event here.

do pets go to heavenFree Pet Talk with Q & A

Those of us who love them, spoil pets while we have them. We consider them part of our family, and deeply mourn their passing. Many of us take comfort in a lovely story of the “rainbow bridge” where we all will be reunited on that future, happy day. But is it wishful thinking?

I believe that ultimately it comes down to faith. If you believe in a Creator that made all things and loves all that was created—why would animals be left out? If heaven is a place of delight and enjoyment for humans, and animals bring us great joy, I have no doubt that the Creator of such marvels designed heaven to perfectly satisfy us all.

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Bravo-Dawg and Karma-Kat need all the blessings they can get!

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sherman is located at 1515 N. Travis Street (just south of Albertson’s), and you can call the church office for more information at 903-893-3906 (

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  1. Crystal

    Yes. I believe all pets go to heaven. Think of the companionship they could could give.

  2. Franklin Steele

    Not just pets, but I believe all creatures go to heaven, even spiders.

  3. Deb whis

    Trinity United Methodist at 101 E, 69 in Denison will also have a blessing of the animals on Oct 12 at 10-11a.m. Any donations (pet food, toys, bes, money, etc) will be divided between DAWG and another rescue.

    • Amy Shojai

      Wonderful! Great to take donations.



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