Chaplain Prays For And Comforts Four-Legged Friends


Chaplain Marcus Allison comforts the sick, dying, and those who are in need. He prays for them and reads them Bible scriptures to give them strength and guidance in their desperate times. He strokes them and makes them feel at ease. And he does this all for our beloved pets.

Marcus Allison is a pet chaplain. Allison was recently ordained by the Rev. Keith Brown, founder of the Chaplain of Pets Ministry in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Allison was a former grief counselor and he says that he has been through traumatic experiences with pets and was disappointed at how his own pastors have dealt with a pet owner’s loss and grief.

His services can include praying for and laying hands on pets, anointing them with oil, providing grief support for pet owners, giving last rites to dying pets and performing memorial services for pets. He considers his ministry interfaith.

Allison believes that pets have souls and are an expression of God’s unconditional love.

From Kansas City Star:

“God created animals before man, before the fall,” Allison said. “They can’t sin. They don’t need salvation. It’s already assured to them. Who could be more pure than an animal? The greatest teachers of God’s love are animals. It’s the closest we can come to God’s unconditional love.”

Many people like to have a memorial service when a pet dies, Allison said. He does services to celebrate the lives of pets.

“A lot of people feel left out in the cold by the attitude of ministers toward people grieving over animals,” he said. “That’s why animal clergy is needed. Some people experience more grief when an animal dies than when a person dies.”

Not everybody has been welcoming of his offers to pray for pets or his views on pet salvation. Some think he may be kidding, or crazy, or, as he put it, “like I’m from Mars.”

Still, some veterinarians have welcomed Allison.

“Marcus is real sincere, very kind and caring,” said Arthur Serwitz, co-owner of Riverview [Animal Clinic].

“For certain people, spirituality is very important, and they want to be reminded that their pets are God’s creatures,” said Amy Tate, also an owner at Riverview.

13 Responses to “Chaplain Prays For And Comforts Four-Legged Friends”

  1. Donna says:

    No question, pets do have souls.Glad to hear the clergy is helping animals.

  2. nora says:

    God Bless this man. He is on a mission from God and our beloved pets and the pet owners deserve the blessings in those times of need and suffering.

  3. Jenny Bark says:

    I have got into this with a few pastors, including mine. Pastors are always quoting C. S. Lewis but they never quote that he believed pets go to heaven. Hank Hanegraaff in The Bible Answer Book said he is willing to believe. “Finally, the Scriptures from first to last suggest that animals have souls. Moses in Genesis and John in Revelation communicate that the Creator endowed animals with souls. In the original languages of Genesis 1:20 and Revelation 8:9, nephesh and psyche respectively refer to the essence of life or soul. Not until Descartes and Hobbes and the Enlightenment did people think otherwise about animals.” I pray for animals just the same as I pray for people. I believe they have souls and go to heaven, and nobody is going to change that for me.

  4. 3FURS says:

    Animals do have souls and heaven does watch over them too. St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and he will watch over your pets. Just try it, any sceptics, pray for easing in your pet’s suffering and just watch the result.

  5. Jan says:

    What a wonderful man. He is filling a huge void where there is a need.

  6. Lynne says:

    The medium John Edwards routinely channels communications from the afterlife that include pets. I’ve often thought, while watching my dogs sleep, that how can a being that dreams not have a soul?
    It also makes me wonder if the animals I eat have souls too.

  7. ~Martha~ says:

    Why wouldn’t the animals you eat have souls too Lynne?

  8. mittens says:

    as a pagan i have to say i feel my cats occupy a positon closer to the great mother than i do. therefore i listen to them. theyve never steered me wrong.they have never let me down. they have made of me a better person and i am thankful for that.

  9. Lynne says:

    Martha, they probably do. I need to go vegetarian.

  10. Lynn says:

    I sincerely hope that others pay attention to Chaplain Allison. Who are we to believe that animals don’t have souls?

  11. Thel Josenhans says:

    people have much to learn , about animals ,YES ……. they have a soul ,they are little angels on earth , they would give up there lives for us.
    Jesus Christ , said , take care of the animals , not to kill them.
    Animals teach us so much , they ask , for little back , they trust us ,give us unconditional love. God bless , Marcus allison, for teaching , what is true , right , for , if man doesn’t love a animal , how can , He love His self , or others ???? Animals suffer , so much on this earth , because of man !!!!!!!!! the greed of , PET FOOD CO.’s , has cost the life , of so many , & only God , can give justice , for that . What would our world , be like with out animals ???? I thank God , every day , for ours. Thel

  12. Donna says:

    Animals do have souls.If we, as a species were designed to eat meat.We would have teeth like wolves, instead we have teeth like cows.Not that hard to figure out. Think you could run a deer down and and kill it will your teeth ? In the “natural” scope of life we are herbivores by design.Bless the animals, for they have “humans” as caretakers and bless the chaplin for his work.

  13. pam says:

    great story.

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