"Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?" - Rev. Weldon Bares


Several years ago, a young kid met Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The boy was sad because his dog had recently died. To console the boy, Pope Francis quoted some passages from the Bible about animals and then said, “One day we will see our animals again in eternity. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”

The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, talked about the immortality of animals in his sermon entitled, “The General Deliverance."

Billy Graham once answered a little girl's question, "Will my dog who died this week be in heaven?" He said, "If that would make you happier, then yes, he will be."

Joni Eareckson Tada is a Christian writer. I love what she wrote about whether she will see her pet schnauzer, Scrappy, in heaven.

"If God brings our pets back to life, it wouldn't surprise me. It would be just like God. It would be totally in keeping with His generous character: Exorbitant. Excessive. Extravagant in grace after grace. Of all the dazzling discoveries and ecstatic pleasures heaven will hold for us, the potential of seeing Scrappy would be pure whimsy - utterly, joyfully, surprisingly superfluous. Heaven is going to be a place that will reflect in as many ways as possible the goodness and joy of our great God, who delights in lavishing love on His children.”

Do our pets go to heaven? It’s just my opinion, but I believe the answer is yes.