Victor Brodt, MDiv
I wanted to carefully and hopefully compassionately try to address some issues revolving around coming to a decision to put a beloved pet down.
We know that many of our members are not financially equipped to go to extreme measures. Most of them in fact desire to do so but they simply cannot. Some would even go without important medicine and food in their sacrifice for their pets; yet even that is not good enough. There is a point at which this creates a great deal of guilt and anger. As a matter of biblical perspective neither this kind of guilt nor anger should be necessary for any Christian. If you are being motivated by guilt and anger something is badly broken in your understanding of God’s Word and you really need the help and encouragement of godly counsel. Please take this as an encouragement not a condemning statement.
All creatures under your care will eventually die. This is part of the biblical description of life in this age; we may try to deny it but ultimately we must come to terms. You are not a bad person because a creature dies under your care; or if you come to a reasonable decision. Separation will happen to us all. You are not a bad person because you have not sold your house in order to pay for special surgery for a creature that at best has only moments to live a bit longer. Quite honestly if you are feeling guilty or deeply angry and that is your motivation, if you are trying to fix the creature that really deserves release; you have begun to put yourself and your interest above that of your relationship with God.
When I was a young boy, quite honestly, I put my dog on a kind of priority list that was far above that of God. That was idolatry. I had insisted and demanded that everything stay familiar, to keep my old friend at all costs. This attitude kept me separate from the love of God. It’s a deadly trap!
The Bible promises that all creation will be resurrected. All creatures will be made new. (Now some Christian thinkers totally misunderstand this, but I have already dealt with this in other writings.) The fact is that major Christian theologians and thinkers agree that all creation will be redeemed. Pet people on the other hand, commonly think in very limited ways. We want our pet to be with us forever in this age. That is not going to happen in this age. If we are rebellious toward God it will not happen in the future age either. You see all animals will be in heaven but if we are rebellious we will not see them there because even though they will be there; we will not. God has promised that he will restore all that involves death. People need to choose his ways. In our world today we tend to ignore those promises. We hold on, kick and scream if God does not give us what we demand, when and how we want. It is a kind of trap that keeps our soul from being united with all the creatures that we have loved throughout the years. Please do not be fooled; he will solve the problem if you would simply let go and trust God for who he is and what he says.
You have been given the role of caretaker of your pet; but you are not in the role of God. Now some of our dear friends have claimed healing in spite of the fact that it is obviously time for that creature to come to the end of life. At PrayersforPets1 we have seen many miracles and sometimes God is gracious but other times we simply must accept that he is also sovereign. There is a time to keep praying and then there is a time to recognize that the suffering needs to end. It is no easy decision. Please keep in mind the unselfish decision is probably erring on the side of the wisest way to go.
The happiest day ever for your pet will be the moment when he or she meets Jesus. The second happiest day will be when he or she meets you there. Please be sure to do all you can to meet us there. We would wait forever just for you.
There is a time to say goodbye. I am not saying it is easy to tell when you cross that line, but please with all your heart consider what is best for your animal not just what you want for yourself. My friend, that is what true love is.
My friend, that is also what God is like. He knows, he cares and he loves you even in the most impossible of times.
Victor Brodt, MDiv
If you have a pet who is suffering deeply, and has lost the will to live; PrayersforPets1.Org believes that it is our Genesis 1:28 obligation as stewards and caretakers of God’s creation to humanely put those pets out of their misery using the sedation euthanasia a veterinarian can provide.
Genesis 1:28 ESV And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have [stewardship] over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God created humans in His image. We bear the image of God. Animals and angels are created beings, but were not made in God’s image. A pet is not at all human. It is not a good idea to think of them that way. This site says it best: https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/humandog.htm