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Service vows to help pets after Rapture

There's enterprising and then there's enterprising.

A forward-thinking entrepreneur is offering to care for the pets that belong to people who expect to be saved in the Rapture.

According to a story in Business Week, the service calls itself "the next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World." More than 100 clients have already signed up, paying $110 for a 10-year contract. The catch, it seems, is that the Rapture has to occur within 10 years of receipt of pavement.

Atheists, who won't be saved, will take care of the equally earth-bound pets. That's actually exactly what the company is called: Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.

The site promises the company has quality atheists lined up in 22 states, but, unfortunately, none in Maryland — at least not yet.

"Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet's natural life," the firm promises.

The company is the brainchild of a retired retail exec from New Hampshire, Bart Centre. According to the Business Week story: Centre came up with the idea while working on his book, "The Atheist Camel Chronicles," written under the pseudonym Dromedary Hump. In it, he says many unkind things about the devout and confesses that "I'm trying to figure out how to cash in on this hysteria to supplement my income."

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