Hmm. What I vaguely remember about this was my pastor saying that animals don't go to heaven, and talking about the Book of Job. Since the book of Job is about human suffering and the emotional connection we have here on earth, I think it might be helpful.
Now, this passage in Job, which is Job speaking to refute his accusers, would seem to support the idea that animals go to heaven. However, when God talks to Job in chapter 39, God refutes this argument:
The context of this passage, which is very important: [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+39&version=NASB] This is God talking about the animals and saying that he has explicit authority over the animals and what they teach us - they are gifts from him to us to show us wisdom and understanding. My pastor was blunt: "Don't confuse God's windup toys for people he has regard for." It's supposed to be an encouragement that God looks with regard on our suffering and he cares about us through the trials that we face, including the loss of our animal friends, but that probably won't resonate with Snoelle, and that's okay.
However, with all due respect to my pastor, calling animals "windup toys" was probably a bit mean, because Proverbs does say this:
So it's a sign of righteousness that God has placed it on your heart to care for animals, @Snoelle_Fitzshine. It's not wrong for you to care for them - they are part of God's creation that he has given us to enjoy. And people who are making callous comments about that aren't in the right.
But I would warn you against making animals into an idol or an addiction. Remember that God comes first - if the animals are showing you God's wisdom and your care for them is exhibiting righteousness, that's great! But if the animals are more important to you than God and his love for people, first and foremost, then you may need to examine your heart and ask God to turn away from sin here. But let me be clear - it's not caring for animals that's the problem, it's caring for animals more than God that could be a problem. And that caring can manifest itself in wanting to see them again after they are gone, as a kind of selfishness...or wanting to care for them again out of kindness and love. There's a big difference.
I mean, caring for animals can even be a witness to unbelievers. So I don't want to rebuke what God may have placed in your heart to do.