While I do not get this question in my office too often, It is not unusual to be asked this question at social gatherings. Relatives, friends, or those who overheard my mother chirping to her girlfriends, “This my son, Frank, He is a veterinarian!”
Then the barrage begins.
“Oh, you see dogs or cows?
“I have a mini poodle. Do you see them in your office?”
“I have spent sooo much money on my pet.”
“Do you treat cats for fleas and ticks?”
“I really need to bring my animals to you..”
Once in a while, I will get a theological question. Do pets have souls?
Well, from a Christian perspective, the short answer is – yes. However, the question of will I see my pets in Heaven is more speculative.
The Soul of Animals
Most theologians agree to the definition of “Soul” being more or less the intellect and will of a living being. If you raise your hand in the air right now, it is because you utilized your willpower over your limb and performed the action. Usually, your arms rest at your side. Your intellect enables you to learn and are entirely rational. We also know our souls are immortal. Pets have souls in that they can perform things inanimate objects cannot. They can learn to a degree, but they are not entirely rational like us.
So what happens when they die?
This is a much more complicated question. Much as we like to think so, theologians can’t find a definitive answer.
In summary, pets likely have a role with us in the afterlife, but we do not know for sure. When we are face to face with the Almighty Creator, we are privy to His infinite knowledge and perfect imagination. As a result, we can conjure perfect memories of our earthly companions at will. All the pets we loved would therefore be with us forever.