AFAIK, most Christians would agree that animals don't have souls in the sense that people (humans) do. Many would say further animals don't have free will. Thus, AFAIK, most Christians would say that animals don't "go" to heaven.

There are also strong implications that there will be animals in heaven (various verses about heaven mentioning them¹, heaven being a restoration of the original Creation which had animals). Presumably, these animals will, like people, be immortal.

I am not asking about any of the above points.

Are there any (non-LDS¹) Christian groups that believe that specific, individual animals will "go" to heaven? In other words, are there any Christian groups (not just individuals) that believe in the possibility of a human in heaven being "reunited" with e.g. a beloved pet, or that believe in any form of resurrection for animals?

(An acceptable "no" answer should cite sources from most major denominations.)

(¹ See Isaiah 11:6, Isaiah 65:25 and Hosea 2:18.)

(² An LDS perspective can be found here. However, LDS have notions about heaven that are wildly different from all other groups calling themselves "Christian". Accordingly, I am not interested in LDS perspectives.)

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    In mainstream Christianity, the resurrection is understood as primarily applying to the flesh (the expression appears explicitly, in many passages within the New Testament). John's Revelation also speaks of a new earth, and a new sky. As such, an afterlife for all biological life is, in theory, not completely out of the question.
    – Lucian
    Aug 4 '21 at 0:55
  • What are the "various verses" that give "strong implications that there will be animals in heaven"? Aug 4 '21 at 0:59
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    +1 for how the question is well defined (contrasts animal vs human soul, specific instance vs. mere animals in heaven, focuses on mainstream heaven). My feeling is that most mainstream denominations leave this open, since I doubt there are Bible verses that even hint at the possibility since the Bible never seem to mention salvation history's applicability to specific animals (Jesus didn't come for individual animals, but only for individual humans). There will definitely be animals in heaven. If individual pets are recreated, it would be part of the recreation of heaven and earth. Aug 4 '21 at 2:53
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    @OneGodtheFather Most articles I read across denominational lines (such as here, here, and here) interpret Rom 8:21 that way for the presence of animals in general, not specific pets though. The third article includes a contra view. Aug 4 '21 at 3:28
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    Since an animal has no spiritual dimensions it can be reliably reproduced from its DNA. That is to say, an identical animal to the one in question can be reproduced. But there is no 'personality' there. It is just animal.
    – Nigel J
    Aug 4 '21 at 11:33

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