Pets

Those who have pets in their lives know the tremendous power of these healing animals to bring about feelings of peace, connection, and love. Cats, dogs, service animals, and other furry, scaly, or feathered friends provide companionship and so much more, just by being their adorable selves.

A dog observing a beach sunset; Photo credit: Shutterstock

5 Fascinating Stories of Spiritually Connected Animals

Proof of animals’ link to the divine.

Dog wrapped in a prayer blanket

Pet Prayer Blankets Are Offering Comfort to Animals in Need

Volunteers work on and pray over the no-sew blankets, which have comforted more than 3,000 animals.

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Kaleel Sakakeeny and a puppy pal

Grieving a Pet: How an Animal Chaplain Can Help You Heal

You don’t have to shoulder your loss alone. 

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Craig (left) tells the whole story of this Maine State Prison program

Training Service Dogs Gave Them a Second Chance at Life

As a prison guard he looked down on the veteran inmates. But then he learned how working with the dogs had changed them—and him.

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Keelie and her dog, Darla

How a Dog and a Hopeless Addict Helped Each Other Find New Purpose

Darla was the worst dog in the prison’s program. Keelie was an addict with no future. They both needed a second chance. 

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Ken MacLeod working with client Nugget

Saturday Night Live's Ken MacLeod: From Set Designer to Dog Trainer

Whether he’s building sets for SNL or training dogs and their people, Ken MacLeod focuses on the positive.

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Ed Attanasio holding his Post-It artwork

Artist—and Stroke Survivor—Launches Pet Drawing Project to Support Animal Shelters

In one year, the campaign has gathered about $100,000 in donations.

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Illustration of a dog taking a break at the pit stop; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: A Puppy Pit Stop

Their pet friendly break area became a great way to connect with neighbors and other furry friends alike.

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An artist's rendering of Velma on a walk; illustration by Jackie Besteman

This People Pleaser Learned to Stand Up for Herself

She walked her neighbor’s dog as a favor, but it soon became a burden. How could she learn to say no?

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Four colorful birds on a branch; Getty Images

6 Stories of Birds with Messages and Miracles from Above

These winged messengers brought heavenly signs from above.

Gracie in a church pew; Photo credit: Katie Canty

How a Church Cat Brought Happiness and Comfort

This heaven-sent feline touched the lives of everyone she met.

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A close up of a cat's side profile; Getty Images

A Collection of Divinely Guided Cat Stories

Having a cat in your life can be an enriching, rewarding experience. Here are several stories of other cats who also seemed to be guided by something more. Something divine.

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An illustration of foxes, birds and squirrels in a forest; Illustration by Sylvie Fong

5 Inspiring Stories of Animal Angels

Birds, cats, dogs—and even a squirrel—can sometimes act as our angels on earth.

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Lou Dean; Photo credit: Matthew Staver

Her Dream Forewarned Danger for Her Beloved Cat

The incident increased her faith and reminded her of the power of prayer.   

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