The following is a list of resources which may prove helpful to those who are faced with the loss of a pet. Our sincere best wishes during this most difficult time…

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Pet Loss Grief Support Hotlines

AZ Pet Grief Support Service Help line from the Companion Animal Association of Arizona, Inc.602-995-5885
CA University of California Pet Loss Hotline 530-752-4200
CA The Grief Recovery Institute of Beverly Hills 888-773-2683
CO Colorado State University, Fort Collins 970-491-1242
FL University of Florida Pet Loss Support Hotline 352-392-4700
IA Iowa State University Pet Loss Support Hotline 888-478-7574
IL C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline, Urbana, Toll free 877-394-2273
IL Chicago Veterinary Medical Association 630-603-3994
IN Pet Loss Grief Support Group 317-251-4028
MA Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine 508-839-7966
MI Michigan State, College of Veterinary Medicine 517-432-2696
MN The Broken Bond Pet Loss Hot Line/Support Group
Rochester, 507-289-8169
MN University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine 612-624-4747
NJ Pet Friends, Pet Loss Support 800-404-PETS
NJ St. Hubert, Giralda Madison, 973-377-7094
NY Capitol Region Pet Loss Network Albany, 518-448-5677
NY Animal Medical Center New York, 212-838-8100
NY ASPCA New York, 212-76-7700
NY Bide-A-Wee Foundation New York, 212-532-6395
NY Cornell University Ithaca, 607-253-3932
OH Ohio State University Columbus, 614-292-1823
PA University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Philadelphia, 215-898-4525
VA Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 540-231-8038
WA Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine,
Pullman, 509-335-5704
WI The Rainbow Passage (Email),Pet Loss Support and Bereavement Center Grafton, 414.376.0340

International Support Lines


Pets In Heaven – Please check web site for volunteers phone numbers Pets in Heaven

ENGLAND – The Pet Bereavement Support Service – 0800 096 6606

International Association of Pet Cemeteries
The IAPC serves the needs of the general public and the pet aftercare industry. You may contact the I.A.P.C. for information on pet cemeteries in your area. PO Box 163, Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935 (518) 594-3000

The American Veterinary Association
The American Veterinary Association web site has a listing of further resources in the Pet Care section of it’s Website

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
PO Box 106, Brooklyn, NY 11230 (718) 382-0690

Books & Resources

Saying Good-bye to the Pet You Love
by Lorri A. Greene, Jacquelyn Landis (Paperback)

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
by Moira Anderson. 2nd Ed. Lovland Co., Alpine Publications 1996

Pet loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
by Herbert Nieberg, Ph.D. New York, Harper & Row 1996

The Loss of a Pet
by Wallace Sife, Ph.D. rev. ed. NY Howell Book House 1998

Loving and Losing a Pet: A Psychologist and a Veterinarian Share Their Wisdom
by Michael Stern and Susan Cropper Northvale, NJ Jason Aronson, Inc. 1998

Support Groups

Phone & Online Support

The Animal Love & Loss Network
A private non-profit organization, providing online support with 3 weekly free online chats. Also provide education with newsletters, bibliography and awareness pages.


Regional Support Groups for Pet Loss

Arizona – Companion Animal Association of Arizona, Inc.
The Pet Grief Support Service (PGSS) Support Group for Grieving Animal Lovers meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room 1 at Hospice of the Valley, The Pet Grief Support Group offers a safe, confidential, structured place where animal lovers bound by the experience of loss can come together on a regular basis to share their stories, get their concerns and feelings validated, learn more about normal grief and the mourning process, express and work through their feelings, and reflect on the meaning of it all.

Phone: 602-530-6970
Discussion Board

CO- Englewood – Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado
The Animal Care Foundation runs a pet loss group at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado. The group is free of charge and is held every second and fourth Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm

Address: 3550 South Jason St., Englewood, CO 80110-3491
Phone: (303) 874-7387,ext. 7312

California – Pet Loss Support Group
The group meets the first Saturday of each month at the San Diego Humane Society at 10AM. Moderated by Lorri Green Ph.D. who is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. Dr. Green is the author of the first self help book on the subject of pet loss, “Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love”

Phone: 619-275-0728

IN – Pet Loss Grief Support Group
A free self- help support group. The primary purpose of the Pet Loss Grief Support Group is to provide a means of communication with others who are experiencing grief over the loss of a pet. A phone support system is available for people to use in between meetings or for those who do not wish to attend meetings but do feel the need to talk with someone who understands. There is no charge to attend meetings or receive newsletters. The group meets monthly at a local library.

Phone: (317) 251-4028

MI- Pet Loss Support Group

Facilitated by Bonnie Wheeler who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Michigan State University Small Animal clinic on MSU’s campus

Phone: 517-372-2543

NC- Asheville – Pet Loss Support Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville. It is for anyone who has either lost a pet or is anticipating the death of their animal companion.

Address: Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, One Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 254-6001

NY – Albany – The Community Hospice of Albany Pet Bereavement Support Services
Groups are held the 3rd Thursday of each month and are free of charge

Phone: 518-724-0200

TX – San Antonio

S.A.P.P.Y. Pet Loss/Grief Support Group of San Antonio.
The group consists of three support group facilitators.
Please call (210) 216-0920 or e-mail jwiley@satx.rr.comfor location information
The group is named for Wiley’s 14-year-old longhaired Chihuahua, Sappy, who passed away on August 4, 2003. The group also hosts an Annual Christmas Pet Candlelight and Remembrance Gathering in honor of pets.

Phone: 210-216-0920

WA- Seattle – The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Pet Loss Support Group
Every Saturday, 10: AM through 12: PM There is no pre-registration or fee to attend.

Address: 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005-4408
Phone: 425-641-0800