My neighbors' house (4 doors up) caught fire today. It's still standing, but from what's remaining, I'd guess the whole thing probably has to be torn down and completely rebuilt. Two of their three dogs died in the fire (the owners weren't home when it happened).
I don't know these neighbors at all - we talked once for about 5 minutes when I was outside with my son and they were walking the dogs; this was probably 10+ months ago. I've always been in the habit of bring food and/or sending a condolence card when someone I know has family/friend die, but this seems a different kind of situation. First, since the house is unlivable, I assume they'll be in a hotel (or possibly staying with family), so bringing by food for them to just heat up doesn't seem like it would be helpful. I'm considering something like a "Sorry for your loss" card (mostly the dogs, although technically they lost the house, too) to drop in their mailbox, but again, I don't know them so I'm not sure how appropriate it would be.
So to anyone who's been in this situation before (or knows someone that has), what kinds of things (either written in a card or something physical to give) are appropriate for someone who's lost a house and pets?