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Many people believe that a pet goes to Heaven upon its death. I was curious, what did the Early Church Fathers (e.g., Augustine, John of Damascus, Tertullian, etc.) say about this?

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Related but not a duplicate: According to the Bible, do animals have souls? –  fredsbend Sep 2 '13 at 21:04
"Outside are the dogs" (Revelation 22:15). So... as much as it pains me, all dogs do not go to heaven... maybe cats do, though. –  Narnian Sep 4 '13 at 15:28
Did the Early Church Fathers have pets, or just working animals? –  gideon marx Oct 9 '13 at 18:37
Please note this question is about the church fathers. Answers not addressing the fathers and building only on Scripture, opinion or other sources are not valid and will be removed. –  Caleb Dec 5 '13 at 16:04
First, why do we worry about pets? Many people will die today without knowing Christ, shouldn't that be our focus? Secondly, why care about where the Church Fathers stand on any issue at all? They are people just like us, learning from their wisdom is not the same as basing our beliefs on theirs. –  Will Dec 9 '13 at 17:19
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