Apr 3, 2016

What Happens To Our Pets When They Die?

What Happens To Our Pets When They Die?

Many people are curious to know what happens to our pets when they die.  Just like humans, the souls of our pets do not ‘die’.  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 not able to consciously perceive their presence  –  but on a soul level we intuitively know when our deceased cat, dog, bird etc are around us.
So what happens to our pets when they die?

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

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 are able to 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 turn and look and you still feel it – but there is ‘no one’ there?   Sometimes a surviving family pet may stare intently at a corner of a room and wag their tail or purr, indicating that they can sense the presence of their passed over friend.

On a personal note, I have been visited by a few of my passed-over pets through the years, and have felt a sense of love and peace when they have been around.  I still often catch a glimpse of my pure white cat ‘Mange’ around my garden and inside the house in her favourite spots.  ‘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 physical 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.

They can also become quite upset when they see their human/owner upset by their grief and loss. They know of 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 realise 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 and all it encompasses  –  it’s 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 a different name, 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 is able to be contacted.

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 favourite chair.  They can have new bodies and new lives.  They could be your next door neighbour’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 be languishing in ‘heaven’, waiting for their owner’s arrival on the ‘Other Side’ or at the ‘Rainbow Bridge’.
When researching the topic of what happens to our pets when they die, the following anonymous passage kept presenting to me repeatedly.  Therefore, (although not wishing to breach any copy laws) I feel it important to repeat it here.  Unfortunately I am unable to credit the original source.


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

When an animal dies that has been especially 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 vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and 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.

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. 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 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…

 - unknown author

The concept of the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ is a way of expressing the everlasting bond of love between pets and humans and through research, intuition and personal experience, we are able to know what happens to our pets when they die.


Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes


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  3. Just found out my doggy Radar has congestive heart failure. He was a rescued dog and don't know how old he really is, but less than 10 we think. Hopefully we'll have him a few more years to say goodbye until we meet again. He is the 9th doggy I've had over the almost 70 years of my life. Some are waiting for me & others as I shared a some with other people. Can't wait to see them again.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

  4. I am in tears and I just have never mourned so badly for an animal in my life and it hurts so badly still and it's been almost a year... I can't find any peace with it and what happened to him.. how I found him wasnt normal and I am very self aware and spiritually awaken but it's a block I can not break through... I miss Bear Hug so much and his brother that I have it makes sense... I need help so bad with this and can not afford to talk to someone....