Are There Animals and Pets in the Afterlife?

“Does every creature have a soul? Surely they do; for everything God has touched will live forever.” –St. Francis of Assisi


Pets and Animals in the Afterlife

Will your pet who passed away before you meet you in the afterlife?

Many near death experiencers have described their pets greeting them in the afterlife, especially those who had a strong bond with their pet or fur baby. Many people say if there is an afterlife and their pets are not there, then it wouldn’t be much of a heaven or afterlife.


Jonathan G Sees All His Former Pets During NDE

According to a personal account of an NDE by Jonathan G who was in the hospital for chest pains, pets do greet people in the afterlife. He states of his NDE, “I then became distracted by figures to my right which were all my former pets (dogs and cats that had died) climbing over each other to get to me, they gave me the impression of me just getting home for a long trip as they seemed very excited to see me.”

To read all of Jonathan G’s near death account at, click here.


NDE and Shared Death Experience with Pet Dog

After her heart stops for over four minutes during a heart attack, Jan talks about her deceased dog Maggie greeting her and guiding her to other planes of existence. Jan’s experience reveals that it’s not just people beings that help those who are passing from this life to the next. Her experience also shows that pets are spirit guides too.

What’s exceptional about Jan’s near death experience is that her husband shared her experience too. Recent research has shown that many people who are not sick share the death experience with their loved ones.¬†Raymond Moody who introduced the near death experience to many in his book Life After Life, also provides evidence of people who have shared the experiences of the dying in his book Glimpses of Eternity: An Investigation Into Shared Death Experiences.


Michael’s NDE with His Dog

Michael was 19 years old when he had an NDE and saw his deceased dog
Describing his NDE, Michael says, “…I saw my deceased dog from my childhood bounding towards me. I remember exclaiming her name at the top of my lungs as I saw her bounding towards me…I was so excited to see her again.”

Read about Michael’s NDE here on


Dogs, Birds, and a Cat in the Afterlife

Beth saw many animals during an NDE:

Beth says, “Surrounding my grandfather, there was a beautiful meadow, with several animals (dogs, birds, a cat) and the colors were very vivid, like in a painting.”

Read Beth’s full account of her NDE here.

Dogs and Cats Running Happy in Fields

While giving birth in 1985, Kathy Baker flatlined for a full eight minutes. During her near death experience, she describes seeing dogs and cats running around free and happy in beautiful fields.
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12 thoughts on “Are There Animals and Pets in the Afterlife?

  1. I believe all animals have souls, even a worthless chicken as some may say. God will justify all the sufferings that each and all animals go through by guiding their souls to heaven. Amen.

  2. I so much want to believe this. A few months ago, I lost my Dobermann, Zorro. He was old and sick. It has been so hard without him. He was my soul mate, my best buddy, my everything. I miss him so much, it feels as if I had an amputation. Something vital has gone. I really, really hope, I will be reunited with my buddy one day!

    • I’m so sorry for what you’re going through after Zorro’s loss. I felt the same way about my Yorkie, Cody, who after 14 years crossed over into the afterlife. It’s hard to live without our beloved pets who are family members. I’ve documented several near death experiences where people are reunited with their pets or see other animals in their near death experiences. They are, like people, living and loving creatures and I’m sure you’ll be reunited with your Zorro one day.

  3. I recently lost my best buddy in the world , a dachshund named Fred. I am beside myself with grief, and reading this helped me have hope to see him again . Right now I am devestated without my best friend.

  4. My beloved dog of 17 years was put to sleep yesterday and I can honestly say I am beyond devastated. She went everywhere with me and i dont know how I will ever feel better again. Knowing that I will see her again and that she is ok and reunited with our other pets makes me feel better….thank you

    • You’re welcome. I believe my Cody, a Yorkie, who passed two years ago is with a German Shepard I had when I was a child.

    • Liz I too had my dog put to sleep yesterday, she was a 17 year old Dacshund. I can’t stop crying and find myself expecting to see her laying in one of her spots. The pain is unbearable. I want so badly to know that she ok, and that we will be together again someday.

  5. I recently just had my cat put to sleep on March 1st. Hardest thing ive ever had to do. She was 16 years old. Ive had her since i was 14 years old. My heart really hurts. Coming home and my Xena is not at the door to greet me or cuddle with me. My other cat is depressed and missing her too. My sleeping pattern is so messed up cant sleep. I have a million things running through my mind. Will i see my precious baby in heaven when its my time? I so distraught right now.

  6. Lost my baby boy Armani just one week ago today. He was 9 weeks old when I got him, and passed at 10-1/2 years old. A tiny 5 pound Silver, Mini Toy Poodle. He was the love of my life, the smartest little guy, the sweetest, the most affectionate. He was diagnosed 3 months before passing with a heart murmur and collapsing trachea. On meds for that. He passed at 5 A.M. on 4/4/17. I cried all day long with no more than ten minutes inbetween the tears. Got a migraine from crying. The next day I felt even worse if that’s possible. When my other dog ZuZu got up that morning, she went from room to room looking for him, which made me cry even more. My heart broke and I ache for his sweet little soul. I sleep with the little infant carrier that I made for him when he was just a puppy. I have all his clothes, toys, blankets, photos and feel such profound sadness. I used to pray that God would take the three of us all at the same second in time. I learned God is in charge of our coming and going. I keep his medicine bottle in my bathroom cabinet just to see his name on it. He is being cremated and I will have his ashes until I leave here and go looking for him. Thank God I still have ZuZu, a Chihuahua baby girl, nearly 12 y.o. She, grieved too and didn’t eat or drink for days. I had to force feed her water. If she had gone too, I can’t imagine coping with the double loss. She is fine today and we are both so lonely without our little Armani. I pray we are reunited at our deaths in Heaven.

    • Mimi, I know Armani’s loss is so hard for you and ZuZu, and even though we know we will meet our pets in the afterlife, after they leave their physical body and leave us seemingly alone, it’s as though there is a huge vacuum in our lives. Keep reaching out to others who are going through or have gone what you and ZuZu are going through. Keep his medicine bottle in your bathroom cabinet if this gives you comfort. Just believe that even though Armani has left his body, he still exists and visits you. You will be reunited one day but for today it’s okay to feel your loss and cry about missing him.

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