do dogs go to heaven

Would You Want To Go To Heaven If There Were No Dogs There?

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

blankDoes this expression of undying love sound familiar? The American movie star Will Rogers coined it. I agree with Will Rogers! Do you feel the same way? Can you imagine arriving in heaven to find there are no dogs there? For many of us who absolutely adore dogs wouldn’t that be a hellish prospect?

Let’s face it losing a beloved dog is traumatic – like losing your best friend or a cherished family member. If (perish the thought) dogs were not allowed to go to heaven how much more traumatic would it be ?

I think of all the dogs and cats I have loved and lost frequently. Sometimes this can lead to embarrassing moments like when I visited a local pet store recently. The owner’s dog – a beautiful Spinone reminded me of my Spinone Findlay who passed 5 years ago. Much to my embarrassment I started sobbing my heart out – just couldn’t help myself. The owner gave me a big hug which helped as I explained why I was in floods of tears. As a dog lover herself she was able to understand my reaction.

Maybe it would help us to come to terms with our dog’s passing if we knew for sure that we would be reunited with our precious pet?

Do Dogs Go To Heaven – Who Believes What?

Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.
There is only one thing missing,
they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears are up!
The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group!
You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and hug him.
He licks and kisses your face again and again –
and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.

Rainbow Bridge is the place we will meet our pets who have passed. Where did this idea originate? The idea for the pet Rainbow Bridge may have been based on the Bifröst bridge of Norse Mythology. Reached between Midgard (Earth) and Asgard, the realm of the gods the Bifrost bridge was said to be a burning rainbow bridge.

Pet owners have sought the answer to the question “Do dogs go to heaven?” for centuries. I tend to agree with the view expressed by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island who said:

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there before any of us.

What Do Some Religions Say?


The word animal is derived from the Latin word anima which means “soul” but despite this some Christians believe that dogs will not go to heaven because they have no soul.

Pope Pius IX (1846–1878) believed animals did not have souls. So he tried to stop the creation of the Italian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because he believed animals didn’t have souls.

Not all Popes agreed and in fact Pope John Paul II said: also the animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with smaller brethren.” He went on to say that animals are “as near to God as men are.

Hinduism, Buddhism And Sikhism

Other religions vary in their views. Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation is the cycle of dying and being reborn for both animals and humans until a state of enlightenment is reached.

Christianity, Islam and Judaism

Christianity, Islam and Judaism all state that God watches over animals and that they praise and glorify God. None explicitly say that animals have souls although you could argue that this is implied.

St. Francis of Assisi’s Belief

do dogs go to heaven - St Francis of Assisi believed they did

St Francis of Assisi thought all creatures had souls – and he often preached to the birds. 

Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals said:  God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.

All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. … God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

Saint Francis of Assisi understood the nature of man as well as he understood the nature of God’s creatures!

Some Biblical References To Animals And Heaven

Many such references say dogs or other animals go to heaven and it is often implied as you can see in these biblical verses:

Isaiah 11:6-9

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Job 12:10 

In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Genesis 9:16 

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Luke 12:6 

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”

Revelation 19:11-14 

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”

Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

Don’t Expect Scientific Proof!

I once visited a Psychic Medium from the Spritualist Church after losing my mother and father one after the other when I was 20 years old. Why? I wanted some reassurance that they were ok and enjoying the afterlife in heaven. Before this I had never shown any interest in the afterlife and was sceptical to say the least.

This experience lead me to believe that both my parents were in heaven and were fine.

I was also regressed under hypnosis and discovered that I had been a Roman Centurion in a past life! Sounds crazy doesn’t it!

The point I’m making here is that just because there are some things that Science cannot prove doesn’t mean to say that they are not true. Contacting the dead in the after life, reincarnation and dogs in heaven fall into this category as does the very existence of heaven.

Entertain the possibility of communicating with your long lost pets and you may be surprised to find that there are many Psychic Mediums who specialise in this. Just search online for pet mediums and you’ll see!

Do Dogs Go To Heaven? What Do You Believe?

My soul and that of my beloved pets are eternally intertwined and can never be torn apart. This means that I shall be reunited with all the dogs and cats that I have ever loved in a place called heaven.

What do you believe? – I’d love to know so please let me know of any spiritual experiences you have had that lead you to believe dogs go to heaven. Just send an email to [email protected].

A Dog’s Last Will And Testament

I found the following touching prose entitled ” The Love I Left Behind” that personifies the pure love and generosity of spirit that we receive from our dogs. I’d like to share it with you.

Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…
To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…
The love I left behind.
 – Author Unknown

Recommended Further Reading

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Biblical Proof Animals Do Go To Heavenblank

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Signs From Pets In The Afterlife: Identifying Messages From Pets in Heavenblank

There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven: Finding Comfort After the Loss of a Petblank

We Will See Our Pets in Heaven: The Afterlife of Animals from a Biblical Perspectiveblank

Do Dogs Go To Heaven? Revised Edition: Eternal answers for animal loversblank