In a not quite tongue-in-cheek attempt to make a buck off “the Rapture,” an enterprising atheist has offered to care for pets left behind when believers ascend to heaven.
On his Web site (http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/) Bart Centre, a New Hampshire retiree, addresses those who may be concerned about leaving Fido in the lurch during Judgment Day.
“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 … Our service is plain and simple; our fee structure is reasonable. For $110 we will guarantee that should the Rapture occur within ten (10) years of receipt of payment, one pet per residence will be saved. Each additional pet at your residence will be saved for an additional $15 fee. A small price to pay for your peace of mind and the health and safety of your four-legged and feathered friends.”
As Bloomberg reported this morning, the money hasn’t exactly poured in, but Centre has put it to better use than cynics might expect, donating the proceeds from his ads on Google to local food banks.