6 Great Ways to Honor a Pet’s Memory

Did you know that the second Sunday of September is National Pet Memorial Day? If you’ve ever had to say a final goodbye to a cherished furry friend, you know how devastating and painful it can be to lose a beloved pet. One way to honor the memory of your animal companion is to create a pet memorial. In this article, a Wake Forest, NC veterinarian lists some great ideas for pet memorials.


Planting a garden is a lovely way to honor the memory of your animal companion. Plant perennials, so the flowers will bloom year after year, forming a living memorial. To personalize it, decorate rocks or plant pots with paw prints or your pet’s name, and then add them to the garden. Trees are also a wonderful way to commemorate a dear pet.


While nothing can replace a special furry friend, there are still countless numbers of sweet pets that desperately need forever homes. If you’re not ready to adopt another pet, consider donating time, money, or supplies to a local animal charity, rescue society, or animal shelter in your pet’s honor. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve helped animals in need.


Commission a local artist to create a portrait from one of your favorite photos of your pet. You can also go online and experiment with different photo editing apps. Try turning a cute snapshot into a sketch or watercolor. Hang the final product in a pretty frame.


A scrapbook is another great memorial idea. Include some of your favorite photos, as well as your pet’s paperwork and collar, and perhaps a few toys. You can even write an obituary or poem for your furry friend.

Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame is also a wonderful way to remember a beloved pet. Upload all of your favorite photos, and create a beautiful slideshow.


Many places now allow people to paint their own pottery. Personalize a bowl or vase with your furry friend’s name and perhaps some cute paw prints.

If you’ve recently lost a cherished pet, please accept our deepest sympathies. All of us here at Falls Village Veterinary Hospital, your Wake Forest, NC animal hospital, understand how strong the bond of love people forge with their pets can be, and how hard it is to say that final goodbye.

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