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Can angels appear in the shape of animals, such as a dog or cat?

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Can angels appear in the shape of animals, such as a dog or cat?


An angel is pure spirit and, as such, has no shape. A body is a material thing; while material things change and die, pure spiritual beings do not. But for the purpose of interacting with us, an angel may at times assume a shape in order to fulfill the purpose God intends for the angel to accomplish.

If for the purpose of the angel’s visit to be accomplished the angel wants to be recognized, the angel would most likely assume a shape that would allow this. But the purpose of an angel’s visit may require an angel to go unrecognized. The author of Hebrews warns Christians, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb 13:2).

God the Holy Spirit was willing to appear as a dove (cf. Mt 3:16, Mk 1:10, Lk 3:22, Jn 1:32). There is no reason in principle that an angel could not appear in animal form.


  1. Juan Fernando Reply

    Notice the Holy Spirit appear as a dove, not in a dove. It is an interesting question though, but there is not an objective answer.

  2. Mike Aparo Reply

    There were stories about a mysterious dog who would show up when Don Bosco needed protection from people trying to hurt him. He was some kind of a large gray hound whom the saint dubbed “Grigio” (“gray” in Italian). When Don Bosco no longer needed protection, Grigio never showed up again (though there were further stories about a dog accompanying Don Bosco’s relics touring Italy not many years ago…). During Don Bosco’s lifetime, many speculated that Don Bosco’s guardian angel had assumed the appearance of that dog.

  3. Franklin Reply

    So u mean to tell me that an angel will appear in the image of a dog,whereas dog is the spirit of immorality?

  4. Joseph Azzopardi Reply

    In the same way, even evil spirits will appear in these images. So you have to be very careful when seeing such things.

  5. Denish Ilog Reply

    In my experience they appear as they are depicted in the pictures of Angels it is just that they are like light. They are also of different sizes. I saw some of them when I was still a child.

  6. Joseph Azzopardi Reply

    In my opinion again we could speak and gossip about Spirits, but you have to be one of them to understand THEM.

  7. Kathy Aston Reply

    I have known animals that I swear are Angels in disguise. They tend to show up out of nowhere for people that need them.

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