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11 Pets Who Returned As Ghosts To Help Or Haunt Their Owners

List RulesVote up the most hair-raising paranormal animal tales.

Ghost stories are hardly rare, but stories of true hauntings always seem to involve humans. What about our dearly departed animal friends? Is it possible for pets to return as ghosts to help or haunt owners? And would you be more or less freaked out if you saw the ghost of a cat rather than that of a human? Or a pet snake? Yes, ghost pets are a bizarre proposition. Though perhaps not as bizarre as keeping a ghost as a pet.  

Anyway, while some may scoff at the notion of animal spirits visiting us, stories of pet hauntings are widespread and, in some cases, the stuff of legend. Perhaps it's the unique bond animals have with humans that makes this type of supernatural encounter possible. Whatever the reason, these intriguing stories of pet haunting range from the heartwarming to the truly terrifying.  

All the stories on this list will leave you wondering if the bump you heard in the middle of the night was a furry friend paying you a visit from beyond.

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    Wiggie, Who Sensed Asbestos From Beyond

    Photo: Hans Adamy / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    This strange encounter occurred after nursery school teacher Debra Tadman's oldest cat, Wiggie, passed. Grief-stricken, Debra called animal communicator Sharon Callaghan to contact the spirit of her lost pet. As Debra recounts: "Wiggie and I had a very close relationship and I felt as if I had lost a child. He had seen me through a marriage, divorce, other relationships, three house moves and other life experiences."

    Sharon was able to reach Wiggie in the great beyond, and told Debra Wiggie was concerned about her apartment, because it was a "toxic place." About a year later, Debra decided to paint her apartment and discovered asbestos and highly toxic mold in the walls and ceiling and aluminum wiring in grave danger of causing a fire. 

    Debra is forever grateful to Wiggie: "To this day I can’t believe how accurate and true that reading was."

    There is no way that Sharon, the animal medium, could have known that the asbestos and mold were beneath the walls. 

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    Yabba Returns To Play Ball With Her Human, Perhaps Because Of A Jesus Candle

    Photo: John Henry Dolph / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    The story of Yabba is a typical pet haunting testimonial. On August 30th, 2011, Yabba passed 11 days before her seventeenth birthday. She and owner Maureen were inseparable; Yabba was her "rock and the love of her life" (aside from her son).

    One night, Maureen woke up and found her beloved friend had passed. She was devastated. Desperate and in the throes of grief, Maureen began calling out to Yabba while taking pictures, hoping she could get just a glimpse of the dog's spirit in one of her photos. The second picture taken caught an image that looks like a dog. 

    After taking the picture, Maureen made a memorial to the dog with her toys, a rosary, and a Jesus candle. She spoke to her every day, as if she was still here.

    One day, Maureen took out a ball and said, "Yabba, here's your ball, come on let's play." The ball moved. It was sitting still on the floor and rolled. Then, it happened again. She felt something brush against her, though she was alone. She believes it was the ghost of Yabba, letting her know all was well, and she's still with her owner in spirit. 

    Is this hair-raising?
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    The Benign, Creepy Terrier Of The Holly Hotel

    Photo: J. Langlois / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    The Historic Holly Hotel is one of the most notorious haunted places in Michigan. World-famous Ghost Buster Norman Gauthier, a professor of parapsychology, visited the hotel in 1989 and declared the joint “loaded with spirits." Since then, many independent groups have investigated the hotel. Numerous visitors have reported smelling cigar smoke and floral perfume and hearing disembodied voices late at night in the halls. 

    Most striking, however, are continual reports of guests hearing and seeing the spirit of Leona, the dog of former hotel owner Mr. Hirst. Guests describe the ghost dog as looking similar to a rat terrier. Leona can be heard running down the halls, brushing up against people’s legs. Phantom barking is often observed, especially by the early morning chefs.

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    Demon Cat Of The Capitol

    The United States Capitol building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cat. The demonic kitty is said to have glowing red eyes and appears out of nowhere to scare passersby.

    Some say Demon Cat appears before important events or natural disasters. It was seen before the stock market crash of 1929 and the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.

    The Washington, DC, female roller skating team, The Demon Cats, is named after the satanic kitty.

    Is this hair-raising?