What to say at a pet memorial

How to express your feelings at a pet memorial

A pet memorial is a good time to share special memories of a pet. You may talk about their funny quirks, the adorable things they did and the way they made you feel loved.

Consider starting with a pet memorial quote or saying. These can express your feelings better than you can yourself and can be used in a sympathy card.

Memorial quotes for pets

  1. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie The Pooh
  2. “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell
  3. “Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.” – Emmylou Harris
  4. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
  5. “When we adopt … any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason — they bring so much joy and optimism and happiness.” – Bruce Cameron
  6. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  7. “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”  – Dr. Seuss
  8. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Jack Lemmon
  9. “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” – Colette
  10. “Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
  11. “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber
  12. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because, in the case of a pet, you were not pretending to love it.”  – Amy Sedaris
  13. “Be kind to all pets and animals because they will be kind back to you.” – J. Wesley Porter

Memorial quotes for when a cat dies

  1. “There are no ordinary cats.” – Colette
  2. “No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat.” – Leo Dworkin
  3. “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau
  4. “No one can truly understand the bond we form with the cats we love until they experience the loss of one.” – Unknown
  5. “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens
  6. ​​“When the cat you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Unknown
  7. “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  8. “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne
  9. “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
  10. “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

Memorial quotes for when a dog dies

  1. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  2. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
  3. “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin
  4. “There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” – Dick Dale
  5. “Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” – Dean Koonz
  6. “You don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” – Joe Garagiola
  7. “Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.” – Gilda Radner
  8. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers
  9. “You do not own a dog. You have a dog. And the dog has you.” – Chelsea Handler
  10. “A dog…is a bond between strangers.” – John Steinbeck
  11. “We never really own a dog as much as he owns us.” – Gene Hill
  12. “Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.” – Unknown
  13. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney
  14. “Dogs and angels are not very far apart.” – Charles Bukowski
  15. “Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life and one of the worst days.” – Unknown
  16. “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
  17. “My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton