This website has been up for only a little while, but I’ve been seeing it everywhere: Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA.
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.
It’s funny and quirky, and one of the guys who runs the site (“Bart”) is the same guy whose book you see an ad for in the right sidebar of this site — under the pseudonym Dromedary Hump.
The website’s popularity has helped sales of his book quite a bit — it’s rated in the Top 20 atheist books on Amazon, a feat that is very impressive for a self-published author.
In an email, he also writes:
Between earlier radio interviews in the UK; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Australian Broadcasting; Sirius radio ; the Huffington Post; and various news blog sites, that “15 minutes of fame” Andy Warhol promised each of us has stretched into a full hour for us. Brad and I were even invited to address the Austin Texas Center for Inquiry about the site.
We’ve received almost 3,000 emails, mostly from atheists congratulating us on the “brilliance” of the idea, and asking to become pet rescuers in their states.
I don’t think the site’s making him much cash, but I’m as stunned as he is by the amount of publicity it’s getting.
Good for him. It’s a wonderful, albeit unintended, media campaign that has worked beyond anyone’s imagination. The fact that so many people seem to be taking it seriously — that they find it so believable that this service could be offered — makes it all the more powerful.
And to anyone who thinks it’s a joke, I’d disagree. I’m sure the site’s owners have every intention of following through with their service.
Unlike psychics or tarot card readers who knowingly make stuff up and intentionally dupe the gullible, Bart and Brad will gladly take care of your pets after the rapture.
They just feel secure in the knowledge that that day is never going to come.