With a nod to America’s great affection for furry friends, the Postal Service unleashes the latest in its popular Love series stamps, featuring imaginative illustrations of two of America’s most beloved pets: kittens and puppies.
Each Love (2023) Forever stamp depicts one of the cute, cuddly animals. Intended to evoke feelings of warmth and playfulness, the release is perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day cards and can add sentiment and whimsy to letters, birthday or graduation cards, baby shower invitations or notes of thanks.
The stamp dedication took place at the Texas animal shelter Austin Pets Alive!, with adoptable pets on hand for the event, enabling both participants and attendees to see animals receiving and benefiting from the community’s love.
“The kitten and puppy each rest their front paws on a big red heart, which captures perfectly the love we have for these special creatures — and their love for us in return,” said Judy de Torok, the Postal Service’s vice president of Corporate Relations, who served as dedicating official for the ceremony and is a pet lover herself. “I have a feeling these may be some of our most popular stamps ever.”
Also participating in the event were Dr. Ellen Jefferson, president and CEO of Austin Pets Alive!; Kelly Holt, senior manager of the Austin Pets Alive! cat program; Richard Scott, volunteer canine behavior specialist with the rescue and Matt Beisner, star of “Dog: Impossible” on Disney+.
Acting as master of ceremonies was Diaz Dixon, adviser for external partnerships, Austin Pets Alive!
The stamps’ two designs feature either a kitten or a puppy with the word “LOVE” along the top, partially obscured by the heads of the animals. The words “forever” and “usa” in lowercase letters run along the bottom. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original art by Chris Buzelli.