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Our daughter is very tender-hearted toward animals, and recently became a volunteer at our local animal shelter. We're glad she's found something that interests her, since many kids her age (she's 16) drift along without much purpose. She feels this is what God wants her to do with her life, but is God really interested in things like this?


Yes, let me assure you that God is concerned about our care of every part of His creation—including the animals. After all, He made them, and ultimately they belong to Him. The Bible says, “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). And what your daughter is doing is a good thing in God’s eyes, for He is concerned about the way we treat animals (especially those that depend on us). The Bible says, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal” (Proverbs 12:10). On the day God made the animals, the Bible tells us that He pronounced it good (see Genesis 1:25).

Should we ignore or treat cruelly something that God calls good? Of course not.

Someone who is thoughtless or cruel to animals is also likely to be thoughtless or cruel to other people—who are made in God’s image. Encourage your daughter to seek God’s will for her life—and if she is convinced God is leading her in this way, be grateful for it and encourage her. On the other hand, caution her against loving animals more than she loves people (which can be easy to do—because people can be difficult to love!) Most of all, encourage your daughter to make Christ the center and foundation of her life, and to do everything for His glory—even if this doesn’t turn out to be her lifelong career.

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  1. garypudge says:

    i believe what billy graham says, i have always wondered whether god cares for abused suffering animals,to me they are vunerable like small children who cannot defend themseves or speak up for themselves, any cruelty to anyone is wrong be it human or animal and it angers me and makes me sick. whether this is acceptable behavour on my part i donot know, i call it righteous anger, it affects me , god knows my heart, and i cannot help the way i feel. i have loved and cared for all my pets and i always will no matter what!!!!!!

  2. Jenn says:

    Needed to hear this. One of our pets passed away just before Christmas last year after suddenly becoming very ill. We took him to the vet and did everything we could for him, but he didn't make it; it's caused me to doubt how God feels about animals.

  3. Sandy says:

    I need to hear more encouragement like this particularly when it comes to owning pets; I need to know that after I've done everything I can do for a pet when it's sick, that I can pray for them to get better. God cares for and feeds the birds right?

  4. Paula says:

    It sounds like she knows the Lord. In that case, I would believe he is laying a foundation or path for her future. Not only can He use her in contact with all the people she meets, but I think it is horrible when people mistreat Gods creation.