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Animal Sympathy Cards

Inspired by my own losses, my animal sympathy cards fill a need for those who want to give and those who need to receive pet-appropriate images and sentiments that remember the joy of life with their animal companions.


As an artist I turn my emotions into creative output. Thus it is with the grief I’ve felt at the losses of my cats through the years. After receiving many sympathy cards I realized that not too many are focused on the loss of an animal companion, and I vowed to create a line of sympathy cards drawn on my own experiences that would feature photos and paintings of my cats and others’ animal companions as well as artwork and photos not focused on any species.

Each of the cats depicted here was or is one of mine and the dogs are ones I’ve come to know through friends and art customers. Most are feline cards because that’s the greatest amount of “material” I have, though I do have one canine card and two that could suit any animal. I take the use of an animal’s image in one of my designs very seriously and while I have many lovely photos and have been offered many more of other cats, of dogs and bunnies and ferrets, I feel I need to know my subjects before I use their image.

My cats have no choice, especially “if they like to eat” as I always tell them when they roll their eyes about being my models.

In the years since I’ve designed these cards I’ve designed several more dedicated to the geriatric and hospice foster cats I’ve had the joy of knowing, even for just a short time. To read more about how these cards came to be and the remarkable cat whose loss inspired me to realize the dream of designing these cards, read “Animal Sympathy Cards” on The Creative Cat.

This line of sympathy cards for pet loss is 5″ x 7″ , printed on 14 pt. card stock and include a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box. Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.

While these were created specifically for pet loss, customers have found that other of my cards serve to express sympathy as well, such as my Feline Fine Art Cards and the smaller sets of note cards.

Purchase the original dozen cards

Purchase a custom dozen of sympathy cards

A selection of cards.

This will give you the dozen quantity price when purchasing your own selection of cards. Use the box below to list the dozen designs you would like.

You aren’t constrained to only the designs below that are listed as sympathy cards, but you may choose from any of the 5 x 7 greeting cards or note cards on my site. If you have any questions, please ask.

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Ironically, I have also found that people use these cards for human sympathy or even for “thank you”, “thinking of you” and even romance, especially for those who share a love for animals. Loss is about love, and when I designed these I focused on that love instead of the pain of loss.


Please ask about wholesale prices if you are interested in reselling my cards in your shop or you are an animal professional or other business and would like to make a bulk purchase for business correspondence.

The galleries below link to the original set of sympathy cards, the newer cards I’ve designed and the other sets of cards others have chosen from for sympathy (please understand some areas and galleries are still “under construction).

To now all but the fully handmade cards have been commercially printed, but with the introduction of this website I am offering custom printed cards—if one of my many cards isn’t quite what you’re looking for you can choose from a gallery of other likely images and have a custom single or quantity of cards printed just for you. One of the ways I’ve chosen which cards to have printed as greeting card is to see if an image is popular, and I’ll have them printed so they are always available.

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