We get a lot of questions about what we’re doing. Many are angry Christians who think we’re ripping off other Christians (for $10?), or think we care more about animals than human souls. That’s too bad, as support from brothers and sisters in Christ would certainly make this effort easier.
This section will grow as questions arise. For now, here are some questions and answers, and defenses of what we’re doing.
Who are these Pet Caretakers and how do I know they’ll take good care of my pets?
Most Pet Caretakers fit this description:
- They are atheist or another non-Christian religion.
- They love animals enough to register with us even though they do not believe there will be a Rapture (or are agnostic about it).
- They are volunteers, so they are not signing up simply to make a quick buck. In fact, they’ve agreed to care for the pets they rescue as their own, including being financially responsible for them.
We match Pet Caretakers by location and the types of pets they wish to care for. Some Pet Caretakers will care for any type of pet, while others express interest in only caring for particular animals, such as only dogs or only cats. They have agreed to seek out other Pet Caretakers to help them with our mission if the Rapture occurs. Each Pet Caretaker will be given access to our database of animal shelters and other animal rescue groups so they can quickly find other animal lovers to help rescue your pets.
Can I contact the Pet Caretakers in my area?
We have promised our Pet Caretakers that we will keep their information strictly confidential. If they thought their information would be given out, or that Christians might try to pressure them to become Christians, they simply would not sign up.
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. As far as the data about all registered pets, it is located on Google servers (the most secure servers in the world) as well as our own server in Lansing, Michigan (away from political and military hot spots to minimize chance of destruction if there is a post-Rapture war). The non-Christian administrators assigned to coordinate our efforts after we’re gone are also located in multiple locations, all with log in information.
What kind of pets do you allow?
We welcome you to register any kind of pets you have that are considered domestic animals. Most pets registered are dogs and cats, but our Pet Caretakers will care for any animal, fish, bird, reptile or insect that can be taken care of in a residence. If you have horses or other larger animals, feel free to register them, but we may not be able to accommodate them when needed.
Is this for real?
There are sarcastic joke sites on the Internet about many “after the Rapture” functions, as well as services run by atheists for a profit, but we are a real service.
What is your basis for believing in the Rapture and can we argue about it?
We aren’t here to convince anyone of anything, or to debate the Rapture. Our service is for Christians who already believe the Rapture is coming. So, we simply won’t get into that debate because it takes valuable time away from our mission. If you don’t believe in the Rapture, that’s okay, but this site is not for you.
If there is going to be a time of great tribulation, suffering, judgment, and confusion after the rapture, won’t these Pet Caretakers be much more concerned about that stuff?
There really is little information about what will happen after the Rapture of the Church. We do know, though, that the anti-Christ will bring temporary peace and the world will worship an idol god, so therefore there will be worldwide communication and a societal structure at least for a while. Certainly there will be confusion over the sudden disappearance of millions of people, but you can bet a quick “scientific” explanation will be given to calm the masses.
As far as our Pet Caretakers, they are animal lovers. After Hurricane Katrina, while people were stranded and dying, hundreds of volunteer animal lovers concerned themselves with animal rescue. Imagine how quick their response would have been if they had been pre-registered to take care of these animals, and a list of pets with location information was given to them immediately? That is the purpose of After The Rapture Pet Care – to mobilize animal lovers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The key is, without knowing, registering your pets at only $10 will bring peace of mind in case there is a chance our pets can be taken care of. Why not prepare for the possibility, like good stewards?
Shouldn’t you be more concerned about the people left behind going to hell than pets?
We don’t feel it’s an either-or situation. We can care about people AND pets. God tells us to be faithful in the “very little thing” in our Christian stewardship. Wouldn’t you consider stewardship over your pets as one of the “little things?” We will have to account for our stewardship.
Luke 16:2,10,13 – And He called him and said to him, “What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward. He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous in much. You cannot serve both God and mammon.
God has a covenant with every living thing, not just humans. If He cares about your pets, shouldn’t you?
Genesis 9:8-9 – Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you – the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living Creature on the earth.”
But shouldn’t you spend your time witnessing to the unsaved volunteers instead of caring about pets?
First, if we didn’t promise NOT to contact our volunteers unless the Rapture occurs, there would be NO volunteers. These are non-believers, and they are not interested in someone trying to convert them after being so good as to sign up with us. But this IS a ministry to the unsaved after the Rapture. Let me explain.
The Bible says there will be people saved after the Rapture. And what better way to prepare someone than to have them sign up to do something only if the Rapture happens? When they are alerted that the key people in our structure have simply disappeared, and they are asked to rescue and care for pets of Christians who have disappeared, what do you think will go through their heads?
Additionally, with the email notifications of which pets to rescue, each of our caretakers will receive a text letter (similar to http://www.raptureletters.com/letter.html) and a link to a video (similar to http://www.raptureletters.com/video2.html) that is geared specifically for them.
We care about souls AND animals. You don’t have to stop caring about animals in order to care about human souls.
God loves my pets, so I expect my dog to be raptured with me or to die when I’m raptured. So why would I register them?
It’s true God loves all animals, but there is nothing Biblical about pets being raptured or dying at the Rapture. There is plenty in the Bible about God putting animals in our care, though. You have a responsibility, as a good steward of your pets, to ensure your pet is taken care of if something happens to you, such as death or rapture. That is how God loves your pets – by putting them into your care and expecting you to take care of them. Expecting God to deal with your responsibility at death or the Rapture is no different than waiting for God to feed your pets. And registering your pets is only $10, so why not do it, just in case?