Do pets have souls and do they go to heaven?

The Bible doesn’t directly address whether animals, including pets, have souls or if they’ll be in heaven. However, we can look at biblical principles for insight. Genesis 2:7 mentions that humans received the “breath of life,” and Genesis 1:30; 6:17; 7:15, 22 also talk about animals having the same. Humans are unique in being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27), which includes spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects, possibly implying a continuation of existence after death. If animals have a soul, it might be of lesser quality.

Pets in Heaven?

Animals play a role in God’s creation, declared good in Genesis 1:25. This suggests the possibility of animals, including pets, in the new earth (Revelation 21:1), with references to animals during the millennial kingdom in Isaiah 11:6; 65:25. Whether these include our earthly pets isn’t certain, but we trust God’s fairness and accept His decision in heaven.

Scroll to Top