GUY RAZ, HOST:
On to another religious event now or rather a non-event. We last heard from Bart Centre on May 21, 2011. That was the day followers of Harold Camping believed the rapture was meant to come. And Bart Centre, who's an animal lover, offered to look after the pets of those who expected to leave this earth on that day.
BART CENTRE: We currently have 259 clients who have contracted with us so that in the event they rapture over the next 10 years, they are sure that their pets will be rescued and cared for in loving homes.
RAZ: And how much does it cost?
CENTRE: It's $135 for the first pet, $20 for each additional pet.
RAZ: That was Bart Centre speaking to me back in May. And he joins us now for an update. Bart, welcome back.
CENTRE: Thanks so much, Guy. Good to be here.
RAZ: OK. Obviously, we are both still here. There was no rapture, thankfully. What happened, though, with your clients?
CENTRE: Well, six or seven of them expected refunds because they were not raptured and I had to disappoint them and let them know we don't do refunds. Other than that, there was no other fallout.
RAZ: Now, Bart, I do have to say that some people wrote in letters during our last interview saying, you know, this guy's taking advantage of people. This isn't fair. What do you think about that?
CENTRE: Here's what I think about it - and I've been, of course, asked this a lot. And I've been accused of taking advantage of people, et cetera. I do not advertise my business. My business is strictly advertised by the media and by word of mouth. I don't threaten people with the rapture coming. I outright tell them I do not believe in the rapture and that it will never happen.
However, that does not negate the possibility that they're right and I'm wrong. So, what I'm doing is I'm offering a service to people who love their dogs and cats and cockatoos and parrots and horses who really believe the rapture's going to happen. I'm not in a position to say to them: Look, you know, it's not going to happen. You're foolish. If this is what they believe, I will give them peace of mind.
RAZ: So, how has business been?
CENTRE: Kind of slow since then. I think we've added perhaps a half a dozen more clients. We've gone up to 264 clients at this time. So, it's been a little bit slow.
RAZ: When do you expect business to pick up again?
CENTRE: Probably October of next year in anticipation of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012 - the Mayan calendar ends. And I'm thinking that quite a number of Christians who believe in the rapture will foresee the Mayan prediction as an indicator of the coming of Jesus.
RAZ: That's Bart Centre. He is the creator of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets. It's a company that promises to look after your pet in the event you are saved during the rapture. Bart, good to talk with you again.
CENTRE: Thank you, Guy. Very good talking to you.
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