In one of those “this is too funny to be true” stories, the February 22, 2010 issue of Business Week contained an article entitled, “Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture.” The article opens by asking the question,
Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture . In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the pets?
The article goes on to describe the latest brainchild of Bart Centre, a retired retail executive from New Hampshire. Knowing that many religious people care about their pets, Centre started a service called Eternal Earthbound Pets, that promises to rescue and care for animals left behind by the saved. The home page of the organization contains the following information,
You’ve committed your life to Jesus. You know you’re saved. But when the Rapture comes what’s to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind.
We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you’ve received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.
For the low price of $110, one pet per household will be rescued, provided of course, the Rapture occurs within 10 years of receipt of payment. Centre’s network consists of 26 rescuers covering 22 states and he has already signed up 100 people.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry especially when Centre confesses, “If we thought the Rapture was really going to happen, obviously our rate structure would be much higher,” and, “I’m trying to figure out how to cash in on this hysteria to supplement my income.”
While I care what happens to my cat, wouldn’t the $110 be better spent on evangelism than pet rescue? What a crazy world we live in. SIGH!