Post-Apocalypse Pet Care Business Booming
May 21 doomsday prediction boosts orders at atheist firm
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2011 3:45 AM CDT
Participants in a movement that is proselytizing that the world will end this May 21, Judgment Day, walk through the streets of New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Sales are up at a company that promises to look after believers' pets after the Rapture, and the founder of "Eternal Earth-Bound Pets" says he has Family Radio to thank. The religious organization has declared that Judgment Day will be this Saturday, and if it occurs, Bart Centre's company will have hundreds of pets to look after, ABC News reports. Background checks have already been carried out on all 44 assigned animal rescuers, says Centre, who stresses that he doesn't personally believe in Judgment Day.

Some 258 people have paid $135 to ensure that an atheist will look after their pet after their owners are lifted to heaven. But that's just a tiny fraction of some 40 million targeted Rapture believers, so "it's not like we're making a billion dollars," Centre says. A spokesman for Family Radio, which has been "selling" the apocalypse, says animals are just as doomed as people on the Big Day, and it is "ludicrous" to expect that any business will be able to function after the world's cities come crashing down this weekend. Click here to read about the New York man who has spent his life savings on ads warning people about the May 21 apocalypse.