Sentient Animals: Compassion

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

“The life spark in my eyes is in no way different than the life spark in the eyes of any other sentient being.”
Michael Stepaniak.


This is the first of a series of blog posts concerning animal sentience. The series will include true stories, information and accounts which show that animals are self aware sentient beings.
Each entry will focus on one aspect of animal sentience and or one particular animal.

In any endeavour to gain rights for animals is the need for recognition that animals are sentient creatures, aware of themselves, others of their kind and other species, aware of sensations in their bodies including pain along with the capacity to experience negative and positive emotions, both pleasure and sorrow. Just like us animals have the ability to experience both a state of pain and that of wellbeing and are capable of suffering both physically and psychologically. Animals have complex abilities and lead rich emotional lives, they are sentient beings capable of forming friendships not only with their own kind but other species also. They experience a wide range of  emotions such as love,  grief, jealousy and anger. Evidence both anecdotal and scientific also shows us that animals are capable of altruism, empathy, pleasure, morality, compassion, intelligence, ingenuity and language. And like us they can suffer with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety even complex conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive disorder:
Does That Cat Have O.C.D.?
‘Animal Madness’: A Look at Tense Dogs, Elephants and More

There is also evidence that animals have a sixth sense. This article discusses sixth sense both as an enhancement of the five senses or sixth sense as a psychic supernatural ability:

Animals are sentient in ways we do not understand and may outperform humans in certain abilities and senses. A good example of this is the ability of animals to predict an earthquake:

Because animals are sentient beings they deserve the same rights as we do. 

Though only certain animals are included in the project below it is a good initiative towards bringing about rights for all animals

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.

This the first entry in the series Sentient Animals features cats and shows that animals are compassionate and care for and about other animals, even members of other species.

Cat Who Survived House Fire Helps Other Animals Heal With Cuddles


“This is a story of suffering, sadness, despair, hope, happiness and love that shows the beautiful connection between all living beings on this planet.

After being trapped in a house fire which destroyed the house and took the lives of his other feline and canine companions, Russell the cat was found in the wreckage four days later despite being presumed dead.”

Continue reading and view more photographs:

This extraordinary mama cat sees no species, just more babies that need her love and warmth.

You can read the full story here and watch another video:

Also see


WATCH: Rescue Cat Cares for Precious Baby Goat

This link concerns a dog’s compassion for a cat

Compassionate dog friend comforts cat friend during scary thunderstorm

Related Links concerning animal sentience

Rats Not Only Show Compassion But Arguably More Than Some Humans in Unprecedented New UofC Study.

Read the full Story:

Scientists Declare Animals Are as Conscious as Humans (and the Pictures to Prove It)

Last week, (2012) an international group of scientists signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, proclaiming their belief—based on decades of research—that animals are indeed conscious and capable of experiencing human emotions.

While that may sound like a “duh” kind of declaration to animal-lovers, it’s actually a big deal for such a prominent group of scientists to openly acknowledge that they believe nonhuman animals possess conscious states similar to humans. Much of the research done in the medical and biological sciences relies on animal test subjects, so this statement could have significant implications in coming years.
Read More:

Read stories of Altruism, a trait related to compassion:

You will find a selection of stories and information concerning animal sentience included in my website think differently about sheep:

Sentience in Farm animals

Sentience Stories – scroll down this page to select stories, comments, quotations, videos and other items of interest which focus on a particular characteristic of animal sentience.

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals. We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on all sides the evidence if animals’ power of reasoning is crushing.
Ernest Bell


3 thoughts on “Sentient Animals: Compassion

  1. As always, very informative and well-researched. Particularly loved the rats! “Researchers say the basic understanding of empathy in lower animals could help scientists’ understand it better, and even increase it in people.” It’s a shame the rats are captive here, but if it helps the scientists induce more empathy in humans, some great good will come of it – maybe they’ll learn to empathise with nonhuman animals!!!

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