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Services offer post-Rapture care for pets left behind

Christians' pets will be without owners if the Rapture comes, so nonbelievers are willing to rescue them -- for a fee.

By Karen Datko May 10, 2011 5:22PM

When my beloved Tankie died, a friend gave me a copy of "Dog Heaven," a sweet children's book. The drawings of happy dogs romping in an afterlife were comforting, even though I didn't buy the concept. 


But what if the book is wrong? What if there's not a life after death for dogs, cats or other household pets? And what if the Rapture comes and you're spirited off, leaving your critters behind? (Some people believe the Rapture will happen as soon as May 21.)


Two organizations that we know of are willing to arrange for their post-Rapture care by nonbelievers for a small price.


For $135, and $20 for each additional pet, Bart Centre's Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA will have your pet picked up within 24 hours after the Rapture -- guaranteed! -- and adopted, Washington Post columnist John Kelly reports. So far more than 250 people, mostly in the Bible Belt, have taken Centre up on this. The contract is in effect for 10 years -- good to know in case the May 21 prediction is off. If the 10 years expire before the Rapture comes, perhaps you can renew.


Centre and his 44 contractors in 26 states are pet-loving atheists who have sufficient space to take the usual types of household pets, including birds and hamsters, into their homes to live out their lives. Adoption of large animals like horses and llamas is available in Montana, Idaho, New Hampshire and Vermont.


Likewise, After The Rapture Pet Care, co-founded by a Christian and a nonbeliever, has a network of non-Christian volunteers who will provide a similar service for a $10 fee. Post continues after video.

Questions come to mind, and some are answered at these services' websites. At Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA:

Q: How can we trust that you'll honor your service agreement, afterall, you ARE atheists.
… We fully endorse the "Rule of Reciprocity", also known as "The Golden Rule." We just happen not to believe in God(s). …

From After The Rapture Pet Care's website:

Isn't the world going to be totally collapsed after the Rapture?
When all the Christians on the planet disappear, there will certainly be massive confusion. However, the majority of people will still be on earth, and communications will be their first priority to maintain. Therefore, I believe it will not be a problem to coordinate activities to rescue and care for your pets. …

And, no, this is not a joke or a hoax.


"I am offering them peace of mind," Centre told the Post. "We can commit to you that we have the resources and infrastructure to rescue your pet from certain slow starvation or thirst, at just over a dollar a month. I do not feel like I'm taking advantage. I am satisfying a demand.”


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May 11, 2011 3:20AM

"There's a sucker born every minute."


~ P.T. Barnum

May 10, 2011 9:47PM
Well Like Will Rogers said, "If dogs don't go to heaven I want to go where they go".  Although I am a firm believer that they do go back the the one that created them, just like us.  I know all you non-christians out there will probably take a pot shot at me, but, so be it.  At least I will never blend in with the crowd.
May 11, 2011 1:06PM

Hmm...What if this entrepreneur has it Wrong... and  the "SS Rapture" ONLY picks up the pets,

 since they are the only ones Truly capable of un-conditional love..           Sarcastic

May 11, 2011 11:22AM
Wow, this at least qualifies as the dumbest thing I've read this week. If people are dumb enough to fall for this than why not? These people deserve to be taken advantage of.
May 11, 2011 2:54PM
How about taking the money and send it to children that have nothing to eat
May 11, 2011 11:43AM
May 11, 2011 10:47AM
Yeah, if I'm raptured and they don't pick up my pet, then I'll sue - oh wait.......
May 11, 2011 12:21PM

Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.  -  Dr. Carl Sagan

May 11, 2011 3:43PM
We should be more concerned that The Flying Spaghetti Monster is going to take all of the meatballs right out from under our pasta. 
May 11, 2011 12:17PM

Why didn't I think of this!!!   This is a great way to take money from idiots! 


So will the May 21st believers admit that what they believe is crap when Nothing Happens on May 21st? Or will they just rationalize and justify nothing happening with more fiction and silliness?

May 11, 2011 10:57AM

This is priceless!! I can't believe people would actually fall for this. I'm in the wrong business, that's for sure!.Tongue out

May 11, 2011 12:02PM

I'm an insurance agent.  I'm not going to comment on anyone's beliefs about the rapture pro or con.  Nor am I going to offer an opinion on whether or not I think this is a legitimate contract. 


The biggest benefit of regular/legitimate/whatever insurance is that it helps people sleep at night.  If people who believe in the rapture are worried about what will happen to their animals after they're gone, this will make them feel better.  I don't see it as any different than a stipulation in a will providing for pet care.  Sometimes you have to help people where they are, not where someone else thinks they ought to be.


Next point.  If he's claiming that this is an actual insurance policy, it might raise the eyebrows and hackles of his state's Dept of Insurance and might even be illegal.  If you're going to call yourself an insurance company, the rules, regs and red tape are interesting to say the least.


But would I sell this?  Oh h*ll no.

May 11, 2011 6:48AM
This is as crazy as the the guy who created this concept of the rapture. Get a grip!  Eye-rolling
May 11, 2011 12:39PM
If there is anyone that is wondering how this company is going to collect the pets they need to have their heads examined. This is a non-business. This is a scam (A Brilliant and Great One) to take money from people who believe in silliness.  And for the people that are wondering why athesists are offering this service and doesn't that mean that they believe in the rapture...NO it doesn't mean they believe in it, it means they are taking advantages of the fools who do
May 11, 2011 3:26PM
Sign me up, I can take in maybe 2 dogs and a cat LOL.  Anyway, what about the non-believing kids of these people taken by rapture (yes, it is possible, I have been an athiest since before I knew what the word was).  If anyone starts that business, I can take in 2 kids, I will need someone to help take care of the pets.
May 11, 2011 1:44PM

This is by far the funniest thing I've ever read.  I'm not Atheist and I'm certainly not Christian but you have to admit, the Atheists win this one.  They're way smarter than the Christians.  This is absolutely brilliant!  It also proves my theory that religion makes people STUPID!  2 thumbs WAY up for the Atheists!

May 11, 2011 10:49AM
PT Barnum would be impressed.  There really is one born every minute, and at least 2 to take him.
May 11, 2011 2:15PM
Donate that $135+ towards spreading the gospel.  Let God "worry" about your pets.
May 11, 2011 12:37PM

Pet's are comin' with! "Don't you folks read "The Good Book?" Read Randy Alcorn's phenomenal study entitled; HEAVEN. God places a special blessing on Animals. He made them directly under us "Humans" I guarantee our Pet's are tagging along for the ride up to Heaven folks!!!!

May 11, 2011 11:18AM
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