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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. Desi says:

    Interesting read. Thank you.

  2. Kathy edwards says:

    Thank you, this was helpful. 😊👍

  3. Aprilb says:

    I’m curious about the statement in this article saying to be careful not to love animals more than people. I fully admit I am like this. I will help out anyone when needed but for some reason have a deep love for animals. Now I’m wondering if this is upsetting to God..but how can someone change their feelings? This article has just caused me more confusion and concern.

    1. Donna says:

      I believe your love for animals warms the heart of God, and as long as you care for people and place the Lord above all else, you are right with Him in this area. The Creator lovingly made all creatures, and they are more marvelous and remarkable than many people realize. We are just beginning to learn just how smart many animals are, how they communicate, and how they experience emotion. Unlike those who would discount animals as “just animals”, I see them as a brilliant, amazing demonstration of God’s creative power and vast, unimaginable intelligence. The Creator knows each and every creature he has made, and I firmly believe that every loving act of kindness toward both man and animal is pleasing in his sight.

  4. Annette says:

    I feel so connected with this subject. I also feel my connection with animals and doing God’s will in treating them cruelty free. I have a strong protestant family (very conservative) and had been trying to share with them my findings and experience. Bottom line, they say they have the dominion over animals, and animals are here to serve them. In honor to the truth, it broke my heart a little bit, but my lovely God allow me to find this site. I always wonder how can I love my neighbor if I’m able to mistreat another life that is most probably trusting me and is also God’s creation. Is the way we are doing today, the way God commands us to administrate his creation? Why is so hard for some people to see this? Thank you.

  5. 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!!!!!!

    1. Nancy Higgins says:

      Gary Pudge, I could not have put it better…totally agree with every word you wrote. And as always, I too agree with Billy Graham.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.