When a pet dies, a human heart breaks.

Many people are curious to know what happens to their pets when they die. And also, to know if they will be reunited with their pets in heaven.

Just like humans, the souls of our pets do not ‘die.’ Instead, their spirits often stay with us following their ‘physical’ death, but their spirits remain to provide us with the same companionship and love as they did when alive.

As humans, we are often unable to consciously perceive their presence –but on a soul level, we intuitively know when our deceased cat, dog, bird, etc., are around us.

Animals are alive and well on the ‘Other Side.
All the animals on earth exist on ‘The Other Side – without fear or aggression – and they are appropriately cherished and respected as the pure, innocent spiritual creatures they are.

The animals on the ‘Other Side’ include every pet we’ve had in this and all of our past lives, and they watch over us with the same pure, steadfast loyalty and unconditional love they gave during their lifetime with us. When we first arrive on the ‘Other Side, our Spirit Guides and transcended loved ones can hardly get to us through all the animals joyfully waiting to welcome us ‘Home.’

Je t'aime, moi non plus...
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Most of us can recall the smell or softness of our pet’s fur and/or its distinctive sound or personality. After the death of a pet, many people are convinced that they can see, hear or sense their pet, even if only fleetingly.

Have you ever walked into a room and got the feeling that someone was standing in the corner or sitting on a particular chair – so you turned and looked and still felt it – but there was ‘no one there? Sometimes a surviving family pet may stare intently at a corner of a room and wag its tail or purr, indicating that it can sense the presence of its passed-over friend.

I have been visited by a few of my passed-over pets through the years. I have felt a sense of love and peace when they have been around. I often glimpse my pure white cat ‘Mange’ around my garden and her favorite spots inside the house. ‘Daisy,’ a young Jack Russell terrier I had many years ago, occasionally pays a visit as well.

When an animal’s body dies, they are still contactable. Their body may have died, but their spirit is alive and well.

Once our pet has passed over, they often miss the physical contact with their human/owner, the hugs and stroking, the warmth, love, and closeness with their owners, and so on.

Woman holding cat
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They can also become quite upset when they see their human/owner upset by their grief and loss. They know no way to comfort their owner as the owner can’t hear or see them. They can be right next to them, and their human/owner doesn’t realize it.

Some passed-over pets and animals take over new bodies and begin a new incarnation.

When they have done this, they are influenced by this new body, which encompasses everything – its hunger and habits, its growing sensations and instincts, its sleepiness, its ‘newness’ at being so young again, and the personality of their new owners.

They are called by different names, are living in a new house with new smells, new humans to interact with, and a new life in every way.

Despite entering into a new life, they are always accessible as it is their soul or spirit that can be contacted.
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So what happens to our pets when they die, and where do they go?

  • They can be in between bodies (or incarnations), hanging out by a rock or tree, or lazing in their favorite chair.
  • They can have new bodies and new lives.
  • They could be your next-door neighbor’s new kitten or a newborn lion in Africa, or they could even be the new puppy or kitten you introduce into the family.
  • They may even languish in ‘heaven,’ waiting for their owner’s arrival on the ‘Other Side or at the ‘Rainbow Bridge.

When researching what happens to our pets when they die, the following anonymous passage kept presented to me repeatedly.

Therefore, (although I do not wish to breach any copy laws), it is essential to repeat it here. Unfortunately, I am unable to credit the original source.

The RAINBOW BRIDGE

There Was A Rainbow
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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been incredibly close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, and we remember them in our dreams of times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

Everyone is a friend to another
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They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Then, suddenly, he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

And if you're looking for some sympathy quotes for the loss of a pet, the following sympathy quotes make a heartfelt message for someone who lost a pet