Do animals have souls?

Lots of people wonder from time to time whether animals have souls (or whether humans have souls for that matter!), but it is usually only after a beloved pet of theirs has passed over that such people start researching the issue in earnest. That is perfectly natural, and this website exists to help such people in their questioning about the afterlife. Some common questions you may be wondering are: Do animals have souls? Are such souls the same, similar or different to human souls? What happens to animals when they die? Can they communicate with us after passing over? What is life like for them in the afterlife?

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It does not matter why you have come to this page. All are welcome here. Perhaps you had a beloved companion - a dog, cat, rabbit, horse, bird or any other animal - which has passed over and you want confirmation that s/he is still alive in spirit. Perhaps you have had some experience which has brought you to suspect or believe that animals have souls. You may be wondering exactly what happens after an animal "dies" or where s/he goes after passing over. Or maybe this is just a question of academic interest. The fact that you have visited this site indicates that the issue of animal souls interests you. Hopefully, at the very least you are open minded or curious about animals in the afterlife. Otherwise, you probably would never have bothered to look at this site, or indeed to research the topic at all.

The concept that animals have souls, spirits, astral bodies or something "other-dimensional" implies that one believes that physical death is not the end of their lives. However, this site is not written from the standpoint of any particular religion, or indeed organised religion generally. The word "God" can be interpreted in so many ways and religions take so many different forms. So if you want to continue looking at this site, it is enough for us if you believe that there we are all - humans and animals alike - part of this universe (maybe multiverse) and that all life is not just "here today, gone tomorrow". You do not have to be religious to believe in the afterlife. Indeed, my wife and I are not religious, but the experiences we had after our beloved dog, Puce, passed over left us in no doubt about life continuing after physical death (see "Our Personal Experience" link box below). Nevertheless, for those wishing to research the views of organised religions, we have a special page on that topic. Our aim is for this site to be comprehensive as possible.

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This site is completely free and if you feel in need of advice and/or support following the recent physical "death" of a pet, you are welcome to contact us via the link box below. You can be sure of a sympathetic ear. We will do our best to help. If you wish to leave general comments or have a specific query, you are also welcome to contact us.

Since our website started in 2012 and we gave details of our own experiences, many people over the years have written in with their own accounts of how their pets made contact after physical death. These may well interest or reassure you. Or if you have had any experiences yourself with a pet who passed over, we would indeed like to hear from you. This would normally be strictly confidential, but if you are willing for us to cite your experiences, then we sometimes add new pages. Any accounts could be first name only, or anonymous, as desired. Over the years, the number of such experiences on this site has grown. Feel free to have a read of those already here.

So now to the plan of our website. We recommend that you follow each topic in turn, but if you prefer you can to click on any topic below which interests you.

What happens after "death"? Animals' souls: a rationale Our personal experience Views of world religions
Further reading Experiences of others Rainbow Bridge
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