85 Pet Sympathy Messages & Quotes to Share

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Pets are more than just animal companions. Many pet owners consider their cats, dogs, birds, and other animals to be as much a part of the family as any other living being residing in their household. So when pets pass, it isn’t easy. And if a loved one’s pet dies, the best thing you can do is be there for them and acknowledge the death via email, text message, or with a card. 

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It can be hard to find the right words to say when a pet dies. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it and provided you some sample messages to help you compose the perfect missive to the grieving pet lover in your life.   

Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Dog

Everyone knows the saying that dogs are a man’s best friend. When someone’s dog dies, it’s like losing a family member and a best friend all rolled into one. If you know someone whose dog has recently passed away, these messages may help you express your sympathy. 

1. I was so sorry to hear that Bandit died. I’ll always treasure the times we had letting him and Roscoe play at the dog park. I’m thinking of you.

2. I tell the dogs I walk that I don’t have favorites, but I always had a soft spot for Lucy. She was the sweetest, most lovable girl. I’ll really miss her. 

3. They say that dogs are man’s best friends, but after seeing you and Emma together, I believe they’re woman’s best friends as well. My sincerest sympathy for your loss.

4. We were heartbroken to hear the news that Bailey died. The boys were always so happy to see you take him for walks outside the house. The neighborhood will be a sadder place without him.

5. It’s always hard to lose a pet, especially when they’ve been in your life for such a long time. Maggie was lucky to have such a long, happy life with a fantastic owner. 

6. Sadie was always a joy to have here in the clinic, and everyone on the staff loved her. You did everything you could for her. Thank you for trusting us to help her go peacefully. 

7. We were devastated when your wife let us know that Sammy passed away over the weekend. Our daycare won’t be the same without him. He will be missed.

8. I remember the beach trips we used to take with Elvis. I think if there’s a dog heaven, it’s one endless beach, and he’s waiting for you on the shore.

9. I know what a special bond you and Scout had. I’m so sorry for your loss.

10. Dogs are such pure and wholesome creatures. I have no doubt in my mind that Daisy loved you just as much as you love her. 

11. It’s not going to be the same coming to visit without Ngaio coming up and asking for tummy rubs. I remember I massaged her belly with my feet for a solid hour one day, and she still didn’t get enough. She was the sweetest girl, and she’ll be sorely missed. 

12. I’ve always been more of a cat person than a dog person. But if any dog were ever going to make me switch allegiances, it would have been Winston. I know how much you must be missing him right now.

13. You laughed through your frustration when Roscoe would break out of the yard and try to herd all the neighborhood cats and dogs. I’m sure he’s in dog heaven chasing all the other pets around and keeping them in line.

14. I know I was allergic to Annie, but I would happily take Benadryl every day for the rest of my life to give you one more chance to cuddle with her.

15. I always loved how Felix refused to accept that he was a Newfoundland and insisted he was a lap dog. He was so loved. 


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Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Cat

While dogs have a reputation for being friendly, loyal, and happy-go-lucky, cats have a reputation for being aloof, moody, and cantankerous. But even so, we can’t help but love these cranky critters and grieve for them in a very real way when they die.  

16. I saw on Facebook that Imogen had used the last of her nine lives. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I know she was so lucky to spend the end of her life with you.

17. They say it’s better to euthanize a cat a few days too early than even a minute too late. You made the right choice for Clementine. She didn’t suffer.

18. I remember that in college, Einstein hated every one of your boyfriends except one, and that’s the one you ended up getting married to. He was always a good judge of character.

19. When you adopted Shadow, he was so timid he always wanted to be near you. Even as he grew more confident, he stayed by your side, I know his spirit will stay with you, too.

20. People say cats aren’t good with kids, but Sully was always so sweet and gentle with my son. I’m really sorry for your loss.

21. When you foster kittens, you try to prepare yourself that some may be too weak or sick to save. It never makes it easier to accept. You did everything you could for Misty. 

22. I’ve seen a lot of strange things in my life, but nothing has topped a cat on a leash at a frat party. Jack was truly a special little guy. 

23. There’s a saying that we don’t choose cats: cats choose us. I realized that was true when Bella magically turned up inside our locked apartment and never left again. I’ll miss her. 

24. It takes a special person to take in older, sick cats that would otherwise die in shelters. When you adopted Smokey, you gave her two amazing years even though you knew your time would be short. You were her hero.

25. Even though Bongo only had three legs, he lived life faster and braver than any cat I’ve known. What he lacked in limbs, he made up for in heart. 

26. I know you love all the feral cats you care for, but you clearly had a special connection with Charlie. You showed him so much kindness, and now you will know that he is forever safe and warm.

27. While I never got to meet Willow, I’ve followed your adventures with her on social media for years. Her sweet face got me through some hard times. Thank you for sharing her with the world.

28. My favorite thing about Inky was how she would politely raise her paw instead of meowing to get your attention. I’ve never seen a cat do that. She was truly one of a kind.

29. You must have been having a psychic moment when you named him Trouble because that cat was always up to something ridiculous. I’m positive that he is wreaking havoc and causing chaos in the afterlife.

30. I know they say that black cats are bad luck, but anyone who met Luna would immediately realize there’s no truth to that. We’re lucky to have known her. 

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Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Bird

When people think about household pets, they usually think of cuddly, fuzzy cats and dogs. But a lot of people gravitate towards fine, feathered friends, too.  Because of this, there are still times when you may have to craft a condolences card for a bird-loving friend.

31. It was amazing of you to take care of your father’s cockatoo after your dad passed away. I know losing Charlie hurts because he was like a living connection to your dad. I’m so sorry for your loss.

32. Sunny was such a great parrot. Her name was perfect for her because she always brightened my day when I came to visit. She will be missed. 

33. I never knew a bird and a human could have such a strong bond until I saw you and Mango together. I can’t imagine what you’re feeling right now. I’m here for you.

34. Rio was such a lovely parrot, and I know you miss him greatly. I have made a donation to a parrot rescue center in his name. 

35. I was sorry to hear about Pippin passing away. I know he has been your companion for more than thirty years. I want you to know that I’m here for you while you grieve.

36. Buddy the Budgie was such a sweet little guy. The kids always loved to come by and visit him. We are so sorry for your loss. 

37. Our family has always enjoyed coming to your bird sanctuary and seeing the work you do with these amazing creatures. We were very sorry to hear that the parrot Rosita passed away. She was a beautiful bird. 

38. Hyacinth was such a lovely macaw. I never realized how much work bird ownership could be. You did it wonderfully and provided her with a beautiful life.

39. Seeing you walking around town with Paulie on your shoulder chattering away always brought me great joy. He will be missed. I’m keeping you in my heart.

40. Shelly was such a funny little bird. I really enjoyed caring for her whenever you had to travel for work. I’m so sorry for your loss.

41. I never realized how much personality a pet bird could have until I met Kiwi. She was such an individual.

42. As a professional pet sitter, I’ve cared for many cats and dogs. Pepper was the first parakeet I ever got to sit for, and now I see why birds are such special pets. Thank you for entrusting me with her care.

43. Many people don’t realize how much you invest emotionally in the wildlife you rehabilitate. I know you were pulling for Hannah the Hawk to take to the skies again. You did absolutely everything you could.

44. I hadn’t ever met anyone with a pet bird until you and Bella came along. You two had such a special bond. 

45. The first time I met you, I thought that I was hallucinating that peacock following you around. Percy was so beautiful, and he was clearly devoted to you. 


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Pet Sympathy Messages for Other Animals

There are plenty of other animals that people keep as pets. Rabbits, ferrets, sugar gliders, hamsters, mice, rats, guinea pigs, snakes, and lizards are just some of the domesticated animals. And while they may not seem as cuddly as cats and dogs, people still form a powerful bond with these animal friends. When one of these less common pets dies, it’s still a kind gesture to send a condolence card.

46. I always knew rabbits were cute, but getting to spend time with Ella and Bob and pet them and watch them play made me really fall in love with them. I’m so sorry to hear about Ella’s passing.

47. I never knew what great pets ferrets were until I got to spend time with Frank. He was so silly and inquisitive and mischievous. I’ll miss his sweet little face.

48. I was so sorry to hear that Finn the fish died. You did such a wonderful job setting up an amazing aquarium and taking care of him. I’m sorry for your loss. 

49. Hamilton the hamster was such a great classroom pet. Being able to bring him home with us for a weekend showed us what special creatures they are. We are sorry to hear of his passing.

50. I never met a guinea pig until you introduced me to Priscilla. It took her a while to warm up to me, but earning her affection made me feel so special. I’ll really miss her.  

51. I was afraid a hedgehog named Sonic would be high-maintenance, but he was so mellow. Whenever I had insomnia, he’d be awake too. I feel like we had a special bond. It won’t be the same without him. 

52. I did a double-take when I moved into the neighborhood and saw you walking an iguana on a leash. Iggy was such a fun, chill guy. I’m sorry for your loss. 

53. I’m ashamed to admit I was afraid of snakes until I met Monty, the ball python. He was amazingly sweet and snuggly. I’ll miss him a lot, just like I know you do.

54. I had never heard of sugar gliders until I came to your house. Gracie was so sweet and silly and affectionate. I really loved coming to visit her. 

55. I never knew a pet goat until I met Billy. He had such an amazing personality. He was always getting into trouble, but you couldn’t help but love him.

56l I have to admit, I was a little freaked out the first time I came over to your house and had my first close encounter with a chinchilla. But Eleanor was so soft and snuggly, she quickly won my heart.

57. When you told me you had a “weird dog”, I wasn’t expecting it to actually be a raccoon! But Rocky actually was like a sweet, cuddly puppy.

58. I never thought there was anything that could make me give up bacon. But then I met Porky. A lot of pigs have been saved because of you taking him in all those years ago.

59. Rats have such a bad reputation, but after getting to know Remy I had a new appreciation for just how social and intelligent he can be. I know you must be missing him right now.

60. Thank you so much for letting my daughter help you feed and take care of Mortoise when she was growing up. Who knew that a tortoise could convince a kid to eat her vegetables? We’re both so sorry for your loss.

Popular Pet Sympathy Quotes

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words to say to someone grieving the loss of a pet. If you’re having trouble getting started on a sympathy card, you can always start with a famous quote about pets. Here are some of our favorites:

61. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France

62. “No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” - Unknown

63. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” - Will Rogers

64. “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” - Bob Barker

65. “In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” - Terry Pratchett  

66. “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” - Sir Walter Scott

67. “A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.” - Lacie Petitto 

68. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” - Mark Twain

69. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger Caras

70. “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” - James Herriot 

71. “Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” - Agnes Sligh Turnbull 

72. “The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” - Konrad Lorenz

73. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” - Amy Sedaris 

74. “Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” - John Galsworthy

75. “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.” - Erica Jong

76. “A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.” - Mary Carolyn Davies

77. “His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

78. “If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives are so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” - Pam Brown

79. “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” - Joe Garagiola 

80. “The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.” - Ben Hur Lampman 

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Pet Sympathy Messages From a Veterinarian

It seems like veterinarians must have the best job. After all, they get to work with animals every day! But just like human doctors, they can take the death of a patient incredibly hard. Many veterinarian offices are now sending out sympathy cards after losing a pet. Here are some of the messages you’re likely to see there:

81. Our team always looked forward to visits with Bertha (or Big Bertha, as we affectionately called her). I always knew that Bernese Mountain Dogs were great family pets because of their affectionate and good-natured behavior. But Bertha truly was one of the sweetest dogs that any of us have ever encountered. We’ll miss getting to see her happy face.

82. I wanted to reach out and send you my condolences for the loss of the cat you brought to us. It takes a pretty incredible person to see a stray animal and move heaven and earth to try and rescue them. The fact that you were willing to pay for treatments for an animal you didn’t know speaks to your character. I’m so sorry we weren’t able to save her. Please know that she knew kindness and love in her short life because of you. That means a lot.  

83. Stormy was the first foal I helped deliver out on the field very early in my career when I was still an intern. I’ve always felt since then that we had a special connection and would take some time to visit with her when I came out to the ranch to check on your animals. A little over twenty years later, I was there with her when she took her last breath. Thank you for entrusting her to my care for all of these years. She’ll always hold a special place in my heart. 

84. The entire staff wishes you condolences on the loss of your beloved Winston. As a service dog, he provided an invaluable service to you. But beyond that, we know that he also brought you great emotional comfort over the years. Losing a pet is always hard, but losing a service animal can be especially difficult. Please reach out to us if you need any support in the upcoming months. We know Winston was your closest family member, and we know he’d want us to take care of you. 

85. The first time you brought Fury in to see us, I was taken aback. I have treated feral cats before, but she was exceedingly wrathful. You definitely gave her the right name! After she was fixed, I figured that you’d be taking her right back to the feral cat colony to release her. But then you learned about her other medical issues and decided to adopt her. It’s relatively simple to find homes for healthy, cuddly kittens. It’s extremely rare to find someone who will commit to the emotional and financial expense of rehabilitating a wild cat with complex medical needs. Fury may never have warmed up to me (I have the scars to prove it), but I believe she understood that an exceptional human found her. 

Finding the Right Words to Say When a Pet Dies

Whether someone has a traditional pet like a cat or dog or a more unconventional pet like a sugar glider or a hedgehog, they will acutely feel the loss of their beloved companion. Taking the time to remember the specific things that you loved about their pet and share it with them, write a card, or send a pet sympathy gift. It’s a great kindness in a difficult time.

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