Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

The art of a well crafted hand-written note seems to by going the way of the polar bears – it is in real danger of becoming extinct. Invitations, thank you notes, even birthday wishes are now written in the language of HTML. Of course we want to reduce, reuse & recycle, lessen our carbon footprint and minimize our paper usage. But sometimes sending a note card via snail mail to someone dear and not so near is a worthy heartfelt gesture.

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Show your love of the planet and animals with eco-conscious notecards from Animals Healing Inc. Fantastic animal photos in rich, sepia tones, using only use 100% recycled, acid and chlorine-free paper with vegetable ink. Singles or sets of 10, and when you order over 100 cards, you get free personalization. Go to www.AnimalsHealing.com to view the full range of photo cards.

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The collection of New Yorker Cat notecards will guarantee a smile with every hand-written note, even if you’re not a cat person. The cards and envelopes are beautifully boxed in four designs with witty sayings like “I was a dog in a previous life, but I came back as a god.” Know that you’re contributing to a good cause by picking these cards from North Shore Animal League’s online store at www.nsa.petfulfillment.com

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Say mais oui to a perfectly Parisian set of merci cards! Poodle Thank You notes from The Animal Rescue Site are pleasingly pink, with a white-silhouetted poodle. These cards are blank inside for the pièce de résistance of your own personal message. Also paw-worthy are the Me & My Dog Notecards with both human and pet foot prints. For each box of cards, The Animal Rescue Site will fund 14 bowls of food for animals living in sanctuaries and shelters. Shop for your quirky cards at shop.theanimalrescuesite.com

Any pet loving snail mail sender will happily lick the stamps by The Humane Society (except they’re self sticking nowadays). You can find a whole range of stamps at www.hsus.org/shop/ created with the assistance of the Zazzle company. Reviving the lost art of paper correspondence can’t be a totally bad if you’re helping a furry creature. Let’s hope so.

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Originally published July 2008
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