Q. 1. Today I read in the newspaper that a person died and left one million dollars towards the care of the house pet, a cat. It seems to me that this is a waste of money. Surely the money could have gone towards the needs of orphans, the widows, the poor, etc... What is your opinion on the matter?
A. 1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
"It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them (pets) that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons." [C.C.C. # 2418]
Contrary to the perverted wishful thinking of many, animals have no soul, nor go to Heaven upon their death. Dust they are and dust they shall return to.
There are those who will adopt animals (pets) but they will not adopt a human being. They will donate thousands of dollars towards the cause of animals, birds and fish, but they will not donate towards the needs of humans. They will sponsor a pet on a monthly basis, but they will not sponsor a child in need. And the list goes on. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." [Mt. 25:40]
As for those who love their pets more than other human beings, Jesus said, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." [Mt. 25:41]